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San Onofre Power Plant Contractor Fell in Reactor Pool via msnbc.com

A worker was leaning over to retrieve a flashlight when he lost his balance and fell into a reactor pool at the San Onofre nuclear power plant last week and did not receive a significant dose of radiation, Southern California Edison officials said on Friday.

The worker was wearing a life preserver when he fell into the more than 20 foot deep pool that holds water that circulates through the reactor core.

He received 5 millirems of radiation, Gil Alexander, a spokesman for Southern California Edison, which operates the facility, told the North County Times.

That’s not considered a major dose and he went back to work the same day. By comparison, a chest X-ray provides about a 4-millirem dose.

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