Fukushima worker gets sick, vomits — Forced to remove protective face mask — Tested with whole body counter — TEPCO says mask was tied too tightly

Published: October 29th, 2011 at 11:30 am ET


TEPCO Press Release (Oct 28,2011), Status of TEPCO’s Facilities and its services after the Tohoku-Chihou-Taiheiyou-Oki Earthquake (as of 3:00 pm, October 28, 2011):

“At around 2:20 pm on October 28, one of TEPCO’s employee conducting document check at administrative building has removed face mask when that employee felt sick and vomit, We plan to conduct check the intake by whole body counter. We have confirmed there was no contamination on the face.”

Tokyo Elec. Power : (Oct 29,2011)Plant Status of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (as of 10:00 am, Oct. 29), via 4-traders:

“At 2:20 pm on October 28, one of the TEPCO staff felt sick and threw up while he was checking the documents in the administration office building, because the full-covered mask was tied too tightly. Because he put off the mask temporarily when he threw up, he will be tested with the whole body counter just in case. No radioactive materials were detected on his face. After testing by the whole body counter, we evaluated that he did not have intake of radioactive substances.”

h/t Anonymous tip, Enformable

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Published: October 29th, 2011 at 11:30 am ET


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28 comments to Fukushima worker gets sick, vomits — Forced to remove protective face mask — Tested with whole body counter — TEPCO says mask was tied too tightly

  • chaossquared

    He vomited because his mask was too tight? I call bs.

    Zero radiation after his mask came off? I call bs.

    I wouldnt believe he had zero contamination if the mask had never even come off.

  • ocifferdave

    The news will ALWAYS publish whatever TEPCO puts out. But not many other things concerning Fukushima, I believe, that TEPCO doesn’t put out.

    • chaossquared

      This made me giggle. I feel so immature right now.

    • chaossquared

      “Tepco doesn’t put out”

      This made me giggle. I feel so immature right now. *hangs head in shame*

      • Hot Tuna Hot Tuna

        Go directly to the bad thread – do not pass ‘Go’.

      • chaossquared

        Hmm. I got an error screen, so i started over. I should get on my computer for this from now on lol. Sorry for the double post

        • ocifferdave

          I have probs posting with my iPhone. I’ll hit reply and it will send me to the top of the page. erg! If I click on the commentors timestamp link under their name then hit reply it will keep me right there.

  • alasanon

    Vomiting is a standard symptom of high radiation exposure. However, he can overcome that with treatment and getting away. The next step up from vomiting gets dangerous, even lethal. At least if you’re vomiting or nauseous, your body still can and is fighting it!…

    • alasanon

      In other words, as radiation poisoning goes, I’ve read that vomiting is actually a good sign. It means you can still reverse damage and you will survive! Apparently, when you have delayed reactions that are more profound–that’s when your number may be up.

      • Misitu

        Vomiting is also a sign of end stage radiation sickness, when the cells lining the gut have been damaged beyond repair.

        Not necessarily fatal, but well on the way.

        Other symptoms need to be included in the diagnosis.

  • lam335 lam335

    Would the “whole body counting” that they do to test for internal radiation be able to detect alpha emitters? If they can’t penetrate skin when on the outside, I would think they would not be detectable from the outside if they are inside you?

  • Vomiting is a well established early symptom of high radiation exposure because the cells lining the stomach divide frequently and dividing cells are more easily damaged or killed by radiation. Blaming it on a mask being tied to tight is the most ridiculous lie I’ve ever heard.

  • Too late for these guys… the body count climbs. Reminds me of the dolphins in the BP poisoned GoM…picked off one by one in the media, but how many sank unheard of beneath the ocean?


  • Nobody vomits from a mask being too tight. Thats the give away.

    I had a wicked stomach flu once and I was vommitting at work. It does happen. So of course you can’t say for sure it was caused by radiation. However my Boss wasn’t making up stupid lies to explain my sickness. Tepco has their own full body scanner, in house doctors in house hospital and Yakuza goons on site. Like if you go on Comp with a bad back your family doctor says rest for a month but if the company can get you to see their doctor, company doctor will downplay injury and say you can go back to work in a week. This Crisis is being managed by spin, dirty tricks and lies.

  • Bob Hardin Bob Hardin

    Why is everyone being so mean to the nice people at TEPCO? What did they ever do to you. (/sarcasm)

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    ….well…. let’s see..to start..they laughed in the face of those that are sent to Fukushima..to put up curtains…sent to perform a futile task..as this situation can not be repaired.
    They laughed in the face of those desperate enough to take the work….and will die for it.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    …the big bad yakuza…human trafficers…whores to the Japanese government..
    ..tough guys…pond scum…

  • fuckyoushima

    why was the dumbass in a radioactive environment checking documents?

    didnt we invent the internet to avoid those situations?

    i guess he was sleeping there too so he could save gas money on his daily commute…

    • Misitu

      maybe he was copying the daily counts and typing them into notepad so he could add them up before “going home”

  • pure water

    The workers should be on a special diet. Pectin, vitamins, antioxidants, fermented foods, a lot of green and herbal tea, and may be some medications. There is no information about this. Russians drank a lot of vodka and I think it helps by pushing the body to clean itself faster. But it is not a good idea for people in the east, because they do not tolerate alcohol as westerners. Hot baths will do better may be.
    No information comes how these people live and what really happens with them.

    • westcoastguy westcoastguy

      i agree. but that would cost tepco too much money! if they give them the best foods against radiation and supplements these workers would all most likely never develop any negative affects now and in the future. from stories ive read about people being exposed and detoxing this is what i believe. but they look at the labor workers as expendable and would not waste money on them

  • dpl dpl

    The human body response to threats is eject contents ,run a fever to kill germs all other symptoms are flu like.Exposure to radiation is easy to misdiagnose and hard to prove except if you work in a facility that used to be a NPP that is now blown to pieces and is considered a national disaster area affecting the whole worlds population.
    Common sense is a rare commodity these days.

  • Sickputer

    We know the workers rarely wear dosimeters and frequently remove their masks as most of them smoke like a chimney. The work shifts we have heard are so very short (two three 60 minute shifts per pay per worker) so they probably don’t have to drink or eat much when they are assisting the crane operators or doing water filter maintenance.

    He may have been sick from radiation or from other causes. But we will never know from Tepco just as we will never know about sick workers taken away to die. This was just lip service from Tepco showing what a great employer they are (“Quick… Check him out with the body scanner and get the public relations guys in here!).

  • Nuclear Axe

    I really would like to know how many workers have died up to now. Any ideas?