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Worker sues TEPCO because of exposure to radiation

May 7, 2014



Former Fukushima Daiichi worker files damages suit



A former worker at the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant is demanding compensation from the operator Tokyo Electric Power Company and others. He says he was exposed to radiation just after the March 11th 2011 accident.

A 48-year-old resident of Iwaki City filed a lawsuit with the local branch of the Fukushima District Court on Wednesday. He is seeking around 11 million yen, or about 108,900 dollars in damages.

The man was employed by a TEPCO subcontractor. On March 24th, 2011, he says he was engaged in work to connect power cables in the turbine building basement of the Number 3 reactor.

The former worker says there were puddles of contaminated water in the basement, and radiation in the air measured 400 millisieverts per hour. The man says he received a dose of more than 20 millisieverts within about 90 minutes.

He says he was assigned to this work without being informed about the high radiation levels at all and that the exposure was unnecessary. He says he has filed the suit to seek better working conditions.

Healthcare has become a major issue for the more than 30,000 people who have worked at the plant since the accident.

Tokyo Electric Power Company officials say the firm will handle the matter sincerely, after it learns the details of the court filing.

May 7, 2014 - Updated 11:25 UTC

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