Tepco knew lead shields were made to cover dosimeters of Fukushima workers — Boss admits to making them use covers, claims he was frightened of radiation alarms

Published: July 21st, 2012 at 5:27 pm ET
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NHK WORLD: In a telephone inquiry by his boss on Saturday, the executive reportedly explained that he made 9 workers use lead covers once. He said he did so after he was frightened by an alarm that warned of a sudden rise in radiation while he was inspecting the plant. He told the president that he was sorry.

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.

Published: July 21st, 2012 at 5:27 pm ET
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19 comments to Tepco knew lead shields were made to cover dosimeters of Fukushima workers — Boss admits to making them use covers, claims he was frightened of radiation alarms

  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    The boss said sorry. It's all OK now. Back to work everyone, nothing to see here.


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    • omniversling

      He also said smile, because that works better than lead against radiation. That's official…

      TEPKILL knew BS shields were made to cover dosimeters of Global Public — Boss admits to making them use covers, claims he was frightened of information alarms….


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  • The phrase premeditated murder comes to mind.


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  • Max1 Max1

    "He said he did so after he was frightened by an alarm that warned of a sudden rise in radiation while he was inspecting the plant. He told the president that he was sorry."

    Shorter boss: "I don't care about safety of my workers. Can I get paid now?"

    Again I say, when profits trump human safety, this is what happens.

    The question I beg, who will be held accountable for endangering his workers?


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  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Auschwitz guard to Nuremberg trial judge: Your honor, I was just following orders when I turned on the gas in the gas chamber. You see, I was afraid I'd anger my I.G. Farben, General Elecrtric, Brown Brothers Harriman Bank overlords, I mean, ahem, my Nazi superiors.

    (Not a real scenario although all those companies were players in profiting from the death camps, indirectly or indirectly.)

    IMHO, this is all that's needed to establish Tepco is murdering its workers. Now some smart people on the ground in Japan need to figure out who those workers are and were…. Where are the human rights advocates now?


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  • TheWorldIsBlind

    im assuming this means that the actual radiation at the plant is so astronomical that it is scary. that people know that the plant got so out of control, so deadly, they have to do things like this. thank god i dont have to work there. and i really hope i never have to in america


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  • jec jec

    It means they are running out of workers..if a person can only work minutes..or an hour max in a year. And what person wants to work for just minutes/hour once a year (salary is not much I bet)..and know they have seriously jeapordised health of themselves and possible family. Soon it will have to be a "draft". And WHO is going to be able to fund all the illness starting to show..in the workers..or families..or children. There are no words…


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    • gotnuttin2lose

      I doubt there will ever be a draft, when the domestic population of grunts gets wise to yakuza recruitment tactics and Tepco abuse. Since there can be only so many domestic grunts left, we will see yakuza recruiting out of country (if it has not started already). They will use their pre-existing networks embedded in the Phillipines, Tailand, etc. This will happen before any conscription of the Japanese population occurs.


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  • richard richard

    go to work for week, earn a lifetime's salary.

    and i was wondering, do the 'shields' actually do much?

    or put another way, could the management be showing hieghtened concern by armouring the personnel's clothing with added lead.

    but i still wonder if it really 'helps' that much. there must be gaps everywhere.

    their ongoing health reports would make curious reading. Aouldn't people this close to the front line be getting unwell. Aren't the odds rather high of one or two getting extreme doses?

    obviously i'm as confused as ever.


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    • Sickputer

      Some of the Chernobyl Russians wore contraptions of unwieldy steel back and chest plates, kind of like an advertising sandwich board. But it was useless against radiation.

      As for the odds…More likely 90% have inhaled fatal doses of radiation…They may not all keel over dead immediately, but a shortened lifespan will result.


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  • rambojim

    Upon admitting his actions,the BOSS should have immediately been arrested and sent to prison permanently…..


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