A woman working at Millstone Nuclear Power Plant in Waterford died on Thursday. Millstone spokesman Ken Holt said the person was discovered unresponsive on a stairwell landing in the Condensate Polish Facility by two station employees.
Medical personnel responded to the scene, which is in a non-radiological area of the plant. The woman was transported by ambulance to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital but unfortunately didn't survive.
"The injury does not appear to be related to industrial work activities," said Holt. However, because the incident occurred at a nuclear power plant, it will be investigated further.
"Millstone is conducting an investigation into what happened," said Holt. "We have notified the NRC [Nuclear Regulatory Commission] and local government and law enforcement officials."
The individual, who has not been named pending notification of the family, was employed by Day & Zimmermann of Philadelphia, which provides skilled individuals to support maintenance activities on a contractual basis.
"We're all saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague. Our focus right now is on getting the information needed to follow through with the investigation. It was not witnessed by anyone. She was found on a landing. We know it was not an industrial accident but we don’t know anything else," said Sharon Ferruccio, spokesperson for Day & Zimmermann. "Her family is in our thoughts and prayers."Those sentiments were echoed by Millstone Site Vice President Steve Scace.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family," he said in a statement. "Words are inadequate to describe the sorrow that Millstone feels at this loss. Everyone who works here is part of our family and to lose any member of the family is painful.”