TEPCO rebuked for safety practices

The Daily Yomiuri reported just a little while ago:

The health ministry on Tuesday ordered Tokyo Electric Power Co. and a partner firm to correct practices regarding their failure to prevent workers at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant from being exposed to radiation.

The order, issued by the Health, Welfare and Labor Ministry in connection with the firms’ violation of the Labor Safety and Sanitation Law, was made retroactive to Monday.

According to the ministry, TEPCO and Kandenko Co. allowed some employees to work at the plant without wearing dosimeters. The law requires operators to ensure workers wear dosimeters on the job.

The ministry detailed a number of other lapses:

From March to May, there were several cases where female employees working at the plant absorbed radiation above the legal limit of five millisieverts per three-month period.

Kandenko, a Tokyo-based major electric engineering company, in March allowed its employees to work in a turbine building among highly radioactive water without wearing protective boots.

The ministry conducted an on-site inspection at the plant to review working conditions before determining there was a problem with TEPCO and Kandenko’s handling of radiation dose management.

Here’s a link: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110531004886.htm


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