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2 workers die in accidents at Fukushima Daiichi, Daini plants

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The number of accidents at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, including heatstroke, has almost doubled this fiscal year to 55.

So there have been over 100 accidents, give or take a few, since the project has started. Ever hear of safety?

The quality of training that these workers should be getting seems to me to be lacking to say the least.

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Construction companies are working for the croonies of politician parties, same as Tepco. Labor workers are just ants you can crush, and labor inspectors are just watching and no doubt they are hand in hand with the government. Independence and impartiality is no where in Japan, especially in Nuclear business, because of law ! Japanese should hate that situation.

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Sounds like Qatar

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The labor inspectors "warned" and the construction company "promised", so I guess that settles the matter. The two who died? Their families will receive a token amount of yen to ease the pain and loss.

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Lost consciousness while inspecting equipment at a facility sorting radioactive waste. the plant operator said, adding he was not exposed to radiation.

Of course if he died from high radioactive exposition, they will not say it, in fact they will exactly say like this.

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training? equipment? supervisors? What the problem the money is not going to the right place.

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Most workers inside the plant are contract laborers hired by multiple layers of construction companies.

"Building trust" for the price of working conditions and safety.

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“It’s not just the number of accidents that has been on the rise. It’s the serious cases, including deaths and serious injuries that have risen so we asked Tokyo Electric to improve the situation,” said Katsuyoshi Ito, a local labor inspector overlooking the Fukushima power plant.

AHA, good one. You tell them! Absolutely spineless. You're the imspector for crying out loud - here comes the taboo word... take ACCOUNTABILITY.

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55!? that's crazy!

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Fell into a 10 meter water tank? WTF? Japanese tradesmen 'usually' have the highest 'over-the-top' safety standards on worksites. I've seen workers 2 meters off the ground wearing safety harnesses. Why wasn't this guy secured? Something is very wrong with what is going in Fukushima. The only thing I can out it down to is, if you pay peanuts you get monkeys!

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At a plant that ignored any safety resulting in a melt down. Now gets government (sorry our monies) on top of billing us extra for the privilege can't even run a safe work environment. Even after causing the expulsion of locals, and paying organised crime by using "casual Labour" they still claim a hands off attitude towards people who are trying to fix the company's mistakes? Turn on a light and these criminals profit, guess living in the dark is better than turning on a light.

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How many workers in Fukushima does this make now...I thought 5? Someone please let me know.

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Does it matter how many? May they Rest in Peace.

Construction, etc work is dangerous many of the workers are untrained day-labourers. Wouldn't make the news if it happened at a different place.

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I know of at least 2 guys that owed money to a yakuza loan shark and on being unable to pay were transported to fukushima to work of their debt . Very shady practice down there I am sure, R.I.P. the deceased.

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The number of accidents at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, including heatstroke, has almost doubled this fiscal year to 55. The increase came as Tokyo Electric ramped up cleanup efforts and doubled the number of workers at the site to nearly 7,000.

With twice the number of workers as before, one would normally expect the accident rate to increase accordingly. All the new people added to the workforce are not immune to accidents. That TEPCO and the government are counting things such as heatstroke as part of the "accidents" count is encouraging. There are companies I know that would not do so.

How many workers in Fukushima does this make now...I thought 5? Someone please let me know.

(I'm assuming you meant how many workers died.) I suppose it would depend on how you're counting. Two were found dead in the basement of unit 4 - apparently drowned by the tsunami wave. One died of esophageal cancer, but the timing made it unlikely that radiation exposure was the cause. This article mentions the one last March (buried alive) and this one (10-meter fall). That makes 5 total that I know of and three of those had nothing to do with the clean-up.

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2 workers die in accidents at Fukushima Daiichi, Daini plants

And this wasn't covered by the secrecy law? I'll be darned.

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