Another leukemia case was approved as an industrial accident

On 8/19/2016, MHLW (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare) announced a Fukushima worker’s leukemia was approved as an industrial accident.

The worker is male in 50s. He repaired the machine for debris removal and contaminated water from 4. 2011 to 1. 2015. He developed leukemia in 1. 2015.

The integral exposure dose was 54.4 mSv. He was wearing the whole surface mask, shielding vest of lead and protective clothing. According to MHLW’s safety regulation, 100 mSv of integral exposure dose per nuclear worker is allowed every 5 years.

There have been only 2 cases approved as industrial accident. 9 other cases were applied so far but 5 of these are still under investigation and the rests are not paid.




Français :

Un nouveau cas de leucémie reconnu comme accident industriel


Le 19 août 2016, le MHLW (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare = ministère de la Santé, du Travail et des Affaires Familiales) a déclaré que la leucémie d’un travailleur de Fukushima est reconnue comme accident industriel.

Ce travailleur est un homme dans la cinquantaine. Il réparait les machines de retrait des gravas et d’eau contaminée entre avril 2011 et janvier 2015. Sa leucémie s’est déclarée en janvier 2015.

Sa dose intégrale d’exposition est de 54,4 mSv. Il était équipé d’un masque intégral, d’une combinaison de protection en plomb et d’habits de protection. Selon le règlement de sécurité du MHLW, pour tout travailleur du nucléaire la dose d’exposition intégrale autorisée sur 5 ans est de 100 mSv.

Il n’y a eu que deux cas d’accidents industriels reconnus. 9 autres cas sont actuellement traités ainsi mais ils font toujours l’objet d’investigations et ne sont pas indemnisés.

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This website updates the latest news about the Fukushima nuclear plant and also archives the past news from 2011. Because it's always updated and added live, articles, categories and the tags are not necessarily fitted in the latest format.
I am the writer of this website. About page remains in 2014. This is because my memory about 311 was clearer than now, 2023, and I think it can have a historical value. Now I'm living in Romania with 3 cats as an independent data scientist.
Actually, nothing has progressed in the plant since 2011. We still don't even know what is going on inside. They must keep cooling the crippled reactors by water, but additionally groundwater keeps flowing into the reactor buildings from the broken parts. This is why highly contaminated water is always produced more than it can circulate. Tepco is planning to officially discharge this water to the Pacific but Tritium is still remaining in it. They dilute this with seawater so that it is legally safe, but scientifically the same amount of radioactive tritium is contained. They say it is safe to discharge, but none of them have drunk it.


August 2016