Criminal? Fukushima Daiichi workers told to rip open radiation protection suits and insert lead plates — “Make sure nobody sees what you are doing” — Threatened with being fired

Published: July 21st, 2012 at 2:53 pm ET


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(Subscription Only) Title: TEPCO subcontractor used lead to fake dosimeter readings at Fukushima plant
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Authors: Jun Sato, Chiaki Fujimori, Miki Aoki, Tamiyuki Kihara and Takayuki Kihara
Date: July 21, 2012
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Workers at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant were ordered to cover their dosimeters with lead plates to keep radiation doses low enough to continue working under dangerous conditions, the Asahi Shimbun has learned.


the man in charge, a senior official of a subcontractor of Tokyo Electric Power Co., warned them that they would lose their jobs–and any chance of employment at other nuclear plants–if they failed to comply.


A number of the workers explained the process in detail. And one of them provided The Asahi Shimbun with a recording of a meeting the Build-Up foreman had with defiant workers on the night of Dec. 2


He ordered the workers to draw lines on the plate and cut out pieces using special scissors. The workers then used vises and hammers to reshape the pieces so that they would cover the front, sides and bottom of their personal dosimeters.


Another worker gave his opinion: “I think this is almost a crime.”

The foreman retorted: “Did I ever coerce you? I am just saying, ‘Please do it if you can convince yourself to do it for your own sake.’”


Once inside the Build-Up vehicle, each worker would be given a lead cover. The workers were to rip their protection suits, cover their personal dosimeters with the lead sheaths and cover the tears in their protective suits with tape.

“Make sure nobody sees what you are doing,” he told each worker. “Did you understand? You’ll do so, won’t you?”


Another interesting quote from the foreman: “You can’t live by nuclear plants around the year unless you take care of your own radiation doses.”

Published: July 21st, 2012 at 2:53 pm ET


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16 comments to Criminal? Fukushima Daiichi workers told to rip open radiation protection suits and insert lead plates — “Make sure nobody sees what you are doing” — Threatened with being fired

  • jec jec

    "(Reuters) A Tokyo Electric Power spokesman told Reuters on Saturday the company was aware from a separate contractor that Build-Up made the lead shields, but that they were never used at the nuclear plant."

    They were "aware"–right. Knew right away when asked-THEY WERE AWARE! Really a TEPCO company made the lead shields..and "never used" find the number of shield made, and then the number of shields remaining in stock..if they have not been disposed of already.
    Bet the amount of radation the victims (oh..wait WORKERS) show from now on is much higher in a shorter time…?? That is another good way to test how far this criminal company has gone.

  • Max1 Max1

    Why even have a dosImeter…
    … If its JUST a fashion accessory?

  • gotnuttin2lose

    And I thought my 1st Japanese boss was a bastard. What's next? A rubber hose from their peckers to their mouths as the only way to relieve themselves when nature calls?

  • chrisk9

    This really bothers me as an ex nuclear worker. Thirty five years ago there were a few stories about this happening from the old timers at DOD facilities, but the stories were very rare. No utility here would ever suggest this because they would pay a massive fine and probably be shut down.

    There should also be a chip that measures radiation dose along with the alarming dosimeter they are wearing especially in this situation. That is standard procedure, and the chip is read off site and is the permanent record. But so many things they are doing now are in violation of their procedures and regulations, I just do not know what to think.

    I also remember the story about a bunch of workers doing a job about a year ago with only some of the workers wearing dosimeters. That is also in violation of all radiation protection guidelines.

    Tepco is doing stuff that would never be allowed anywhere else, and other regulators outside of Japan are going to speak up because they are making nuclear safety and the industry itself look like a complete joke.

    • gotnuttin2lose

      And when it looks like a complete joke (atrociously sad joke), how will Tepco mangage to recruit more chumps? Working in those gorilla suits is miserable enough. But, Dracos the Foreman makes it a working HELL (for present and future).
      It must be getting near to impossible to find people who are willing to work in HELL, no matter what the wages.
      Even if I were a death row inmate, they'd have to just put me right back there the next day, because I would just strangle the Foreman on my first day out.

    • omniversling

      Chris, I think what we are seeing is how utterly flimsy and pointless such 'precautionary' and 'regulatory' measures are in a crisis or catastrophe. All the rules are being re-written on the fly, like they would be across the board in many countries when faced with a disaster on this scale. Our laws, for the most, are written for a 'time of stability'.

      When the US embassy in Tokyo got radiation readings from the roof within 3 days of 311, they already knew what was happening, and now correspondence between NRC, NISA, TEPKILL and JapGov shows that they knew a 'worst case scenario' would require the evacuation of Tokyo. Since then, all the events discussed that would add up to a 'worst case scenario' have happened. No evacuation of Tokyo. And where to put 35 million people (plus)?

      'Acceptable radiation levels' have been raised in several countries already, because it was no longer possible to function under the old lower levels..the goal posts will be moved and moved, until there's no-one left to move them. Systems that we thought were in place to ensure our safety have been switched off (SPEEDI, EPA monitors in the US and Canada), thus avoiding having the problem of 'doing something'.

      We live in the illusion (delusion?) that our representatives will take responsible decisions to protect our safety…haahahahah..


  • SteveMT

    TEPCO subcontractor used lead to fake dosimeter readings at Fukushima plant – July 21, 2012

    This foreman should be put inside one the reactor buildings with a lead-plated dosimeter cover.

    A new guaranteed revenue stream for TEPCO would be to invest in the company producing such lead covers if they have not done so already. The market for them could be expanded to everyone in the Northern Hemisphere with big bucks involved with the right front man, PR, and if they can come up with the right marketing strategy for the masses.

    "The hottest places in hell are reserved for those, who in the face of adversity, remain neutral." – Dante

  • SteveMT

    Second Japan nuclear unit resumes power generation
    July 21, 2012

    Check your dosimeters for new innovation: built-in lead covers. Cheap imitations are using only aluminum covers, so demand the best…lead!

    • gotnuttin2lose

      Funny! Laughter is good for my hangover, no matter how cynical the humour.

      • SteveMT

        At this point in this disaster, it is more like scathing humor. With the depths of depravity that these despicable people are exposing us to, I do not know of a boundary of human decency that they will not cross beyond.
        My first comment also contains some comic relief. Much appreciated your comment, but careful with the booze.

        • gotnuttin2lose

          Thanks for the fair warning about the booze. I noticed that far too many symptoms of alcohol poisoning/withdrawal are very similiar to acute radiation poisoning. Talk about burning the candle at both ends here on the West Coast.
          Keep up with the scathing diatribes for comedy relief AND justifiable criticism.

  • Gotham

    What we are seeing here is nothing less than the disintegration of the psychic core of humanity – as if due to the radioactive release of nuclear power.

    Expect the decline into chaos to continue until all nuclear power is eliminated.

  • arclight arclight

    Free to do exactly what you are told

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