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  •  Fukushima workers only now getting health checkups (7+ / 0-)

    The Japanese government initially gave TEPCO a pass on checking their workers' health until after the crises was over. Not including worker health checkups for those exposed to radiation as a part of any nuclear disaster plan seems to me to be ridiculously foolhardy and irresponsible. Workers who are in less than good health increases the risk considerably that poor decisions will be made that could result in even more disastrous consequences.

    800 workers at Fukushima plant get belated health checkups ‹ Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion

    07th May, 01:13 PM JST

    FUKUSHIMA — Some 800 workers have spent more than a month dealing with the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant but they have only recently started to receive medical checkups, officials of the plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co said Saturday.

    It took nearly two months after the crisis erupted following the March 11 quake and tsunami to start regular health checks as the health ministry had initially only required them to be performed after the crisis had ended, assuming that the crisis would not be prolonged, according to the officials.

    Of the workers, 30 have been exposed to over 100 millisieverts of cumulative radiation. However, with the exception of three workers exposed March 25 to high-level radiation and those who have already ceased working at the plant, they received their first examinations only this month, the officials said.

    The checkups came after the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry instructed employers on April 25 to immediately examine the health conditions of workers who have been dealing with the crisis for more than a month or who have been exposed to over 100 millisieverts of radiation.

    Some 500 employees of TEPCO and about 300 workers from its affiliates and other companies have worked at the troubled plant for over a month, with several hundred workers per day engaging in on-site efforts to contain Japan’s worst ever nuclear accident, according to TEPCO.

    •  Extraordinary. It's this type of thing, (5+ / 0-)
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      peraspera, rja, Just Bob, amry, ricklewsive

      so inconceivable that it beggars the imagination, that opens the door for us to believe in speculations that would otherwise be unthinkable.

      For a company (including its management, board or shareholders), or a government, to allow such foolish, cruel neglect when it would seem such a small thing to remedy, is hard to reconcile with what we expect in the way of human conduct in a civilized world.

      While the circumstances are demanding and stressful, it would seem that with application of will and resources, sufficient knowledge of the health status of these workers could be obtained without unduly interrupting their critical work or burdening the overall efforts to keep the situation as contained as possible.

      If the larger diaster of the earthquake and tsunami make those resources unavailable, then outside resources should be requested of and provided by the international community.  

      There is a common responsibility as a nation, an industry and a world community that requires that such resources be made available if we are to look back without more shame and regret that is already in store.

      We'd rather dream the American Dream than fight to live it or to give it to our kids. What a shame. What an awful, awful shame.

      by Into The Woods on Sat May 07, 2011 at 12:59:20 PM PDT

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