Tokyo Electric warned for having few dosimeters for workers’ Fukushima plant safety

Tokyo, Apr 1: The Japanese government's nuclear regulatory agency has issued another warning to Tokyo Electric Power Corporation (TEPC) over concerns that the management workers are constantly getting exposed to high levels of radiation at the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, after it was found that there were not enough dosimeters to cover all of the workers.

The Kyodo news agency quoted the agency's spokesman, Hidehiko Nishiyama, as saying that some workers have been found sharing dosimeters while doing the same job because many of the devices were destroyed in the March 11 disaster, adding that this trend is unsafe for the workers.

"From today, all of the workers will wear dosimeters. And if each individual cannot get one, the work should not take place," he added.

TEPCO officials have that said the number of dosimeters had declined from 5,000 to 320 after the tsunami damaged the devices at the plant.

Earlier today, the mother of one of the workers at plant had revealed that her son and his colleagues believe that they have been exposed to high levels of radiation and would die from radiation sickness 'within weeks' or 'cancer in the long-term.'

"My son and his colleagues have discussed it at length and they have committed themselves to die if necessary to save the nation. He told me they have accepted they will all probably die from radiation sickness in the short term or cancer in the long-term," the woman had said.

"They have concluded between themselves that it is inevitable some of them may die within weeks or months. They know it is impossible for them not to have been exposed to lethal doses of radiation," she added.

Japan's nuclear safety agency had earlier revealed that levels of radiation in the ocean near the plant had surged to 4,385 times the regulatory limit.

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