Sunday, May 8, 2011

Begin medical examinations of 800 workers of Fukushima

Tokyo .- The company operates in Fukushima Daiichi plant, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), said on Saturday that started to undergo medical examination to 800 technicians on the ground nearly two months after the nuclear crisis originated. The review began after the April 25 Japan's Health Ministry ordered the company to immediately consider those workers who have worked at the plant for over a month since the start of the crisis caused by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11 , Kyodo news agency reported.

On 16 March the Government also required to make revisions to TEPCO workers exposed to levels above 100 mSv of radiation, after raising the legal limit of exposure in emergency situations 100 to 250 mSv. TEPCO about 500 employees and 300 affiliated companies and other companies have been working for over a month on the ground, and of those, 30 have been exposed to radiation levels accumulated over 100 mSv.

Initially, the Government requested that checks be made once resolved the situation on the ground, assuming it does not prolong much. So far, only three workers who were exposed on 25 March at high levels of radiation and those who stopped working at the plant have undergone medical checks.

For its part, TEPCO announced this week a plan to improve the conditions of the 1,000 technicians working these days at the plant, many of whom sleep on mattresses on the floor, according to local newspaper Mainichi. The improvements, which would become effective from early May, including better quality food and the construction of more suitable facilities to house technicians.

TEPCO has not yet been able to control the situation in the Fukushima nuclear plant, whose reactors were left without cooling the 9 earthquake and tsunami of March 11, which caused 25,000 people dead or missing. The plan to restore electricity for summer cooling and lead stable reactor to a "cooling down" within six to nine months.

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