Fukushima Workers Exposed to Radioactive Water

Japan's nuclear watchdog members, including Nuclear Regulation Authority members in radiation protection suits, inspect contaminated water tanks at the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in the town of Okuma, Fukushima prefecture on August 23, 2013. Japan's nuclear watchdog dispatched an inspection team to the crippled Fukushima plant after workers found a huge toxic water leak and unexplained radiation hotspots. Earlier this week around 300 tonnes of radioactive liquid is believed to have escaped from one of the hundreds of tanks that hold polluted water, some of which was used to cool the broken reactors, in an episode dubbed the most serious in nearly two years. JAPAN OUT AFP PHOTO / JAPAN POOL via JIJI PRESS (Photo credit should read JAPAN POOL/AFP/Getty Images) (National Journal)

Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan were exposed to radioactive water, with plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company reporting the incident Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.

According to a Tepco spokesman, contaminated water spilled on six people after workers botched a procedure to detach a pipe from equipment housing water used to cool the plant's reactors.

The news follows reports on Monday that one of the plant's reactor pumps stalled out and an announcement last week that more than 100 gallons of radioactive water had spilled from a storage tank that was too full.