Updated: 03/28/2014 17:01 | By Agence France-Presse

Fukushima worker 'unconscious' after accident: plant operator

A worker at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan was unconscious in hospital Friday after being buried in earth while digging a hole at the site, the facility's operator said.

Fukushima worker 'unconscious' after accident: plant operator

Japanese officials inspect the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant on June 17, 2011

The man, in his 50s, was in a critical condition a few hours after the accident, the company said.

"A worker was buried during the process of digging a hole. He was later rescued but is unconscious now," a spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said.

The man was hired by one of the many subcontractors working to stabilise the huge plant more than three years after it was battered by the monster tsunami of March 2011.

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