SOURCE: Unit 2 furnace, セ サ ー ン で survey = operator killed and three others present – Fukushima No. 1, Jiji, October 6, 2011
Meanwhile, TEPCO, five complained of ill-health on the day of male workers in their 50s had a water storage tank-related work as radioactive contamination in nuclear power, has announced the death on Monday. Man has been working since August, the cumulative radiation exposure is about 2 mSv. TEPCO, the causal relationship between exposure and death is hard to believe, has been confirmed with death certificates. Workers were killed and three people in total.
TEPCO also announced that a worker in his 50s fell ill on October 5 and died on October 6. The worker was doing the work around the storage tanks for the contaminated water at the plant. He had been working since August, and his cumulative radiation exposure was about 2 millisieverts. TEPCO said it was hard to believe his radiation exposure had something to do with his death, but the company would confirm in the death certificate. The total number of deaths among the plant workers are now three.
SOURCE: 3rd Worker Died at Fukushima I Nuke Plant, Cause Unknown, EX-SKF, October 6, 2011
[...] The first worker died of a heart attack in May, while he was carrying heavy equipment on foot to build the contaminated water processing facilities. The second one died of acute leukemia in August after working for one week doing radiation control for the workers in the headquarter building on the plant. [...]
More information about what is storage tanks at Fukushima Daiichi: Radioactive waste piling up at Fukushima: 100 trillion becquerels/liter in sludge, says Kyoto nuke professor
[...] The radioactive waste has been kept at a temporary storage site on the premises of the Fukushima plant, [...] But TEPCO has been unable to fully grasp the details such as the types and the concentration of nuclear materials.
Professor Akio Koyama at Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute says, “The density of high-level decontaminated water is believed to be a maximum 10 billion becquerels per liter, but if it is condensed to polluted sludge and zeolites, its density sometimes increases by 10,000 times. The density cannot be dealt with through conventional systems.”
Only 2 millisieverts of exposure? See: Article by Hokkaido Cancer Center director Nishio Masamichi, a radiation treatment specialist
[Some of Masamichi's points summarized by Japan Focus]
- Referring to “protective” suits is a misnomer bordering on fraud in Nishio’s view since nothing can offer total protection from radiation exposure.
- A lack of nutrition and rest can make workers more susceptible to radiation symptoms. Nishio speculates that having the workers sleep together in gymnasium-like barracks with no privacy is simply designed to keep them from running away. Just 30 minutes from the site, he points out, there are empty hotels which could offer those on the front line a quiet, secure place to rest and recuperate.
- He accuses TEPCO of being up to the old tricks of the nuclear industry: giving dispatch and temporary workers broken radiation monitors, only giving them monitoring devices when they are working despite high levels of radiation throughout the site, and so on.
- Without accurate assessment of internal radiation exposure through “whole body monitoring”, there is no way to tell how much exposure workers are actually suffering.
Published: October 6th, 2011 at 6:29 am ET