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Nuclear Plant Worker In Fair Condition After Plant Accident

April 19, 1985

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) _ A worker at the Browns Ferry nuclear power plant fell from a scaffolding in the Unit 2 reactor, receiving head and back injuries and low-level contamination to his clothes, officials said.

The accident was the second involving an employee since the plant was closed last month for a check of safety procedures. Another worker was killed.

Granville Holt, 45, of Florence, remained hospitalized in ″fairly good″ condition today, officials said.

Holt, a foreman with a company sandblasting inside the reactor, ″toppled backwards″ on a scaffolding and fell about three feet Wednesday, landing on tools and equipment, said Mike Harris, a spokesman for the Tennessee Valley Authority plant.

Holt was wearing specially designed protective garments, Harris said, and suffered no radioactive contamination to his body. But his clothing did receive low-level contamination, Harris said.

Harris said an ″unusual event″ advisory was declared at the plant when the accident occurred around 6 p.m., but was lifted about two hours later.

Another worker at the plant, Winfred Jones, 39, of Minor Hill, died instantly when the hook from an overhead crane dropped and struck him in the head on March 28.

The three reactors at the plant were shut down at different times last month, and remain down, with TVA officials saying the units won’t return on line until equipment and procedures are determined to be safe.