Worker dies in accident at ONKALO
A fatal accident took place at the construction site of the underground research facility ONKALO in Olkiluoto, Eurajoki late on Sunday 2 January 2011. The accident occurred at the back of a tunnel reaching a depth of over 400 metres. Three workers equipped with iron bars were scaling the tunnel walls and ceiling. One of the workers was caught under a block of stone being barred down and died of the injuries he sustained.
The excavation of the underground research facility in the Olkiluoto bedrock has been ongoing since 2004. Until now no severe accidents have occurred in relation to the excavation of ONKALO.
Posiva will provide more information about the incident when the details of the accident become available.