Saturday, May 14, 2011

#Fukushima I Nuke Plant Didn't Have Doctor on Site When the Worker Collapsed

The hospital to which the worker was taken on May 14 after he collapsed on the job thinks he died of a heart attack (myocardial infarction), according to Yomiuri Shinbun (3:04AM JST 5/15/2011).

Yomiuri continues:


According to the hospital, CT scan test and blood test indicated the possibility that the man suffered a myocardial infarction. "It is hard to believe the radiation exposure had anything to do with his death," says the hospital.


In the meantime, TEPCO disclosed in the press conference on May 14 that there was no doctor on site when the man fell ill and collapsed at about 6:50AM. TEPCO's Matsumoto said "Since we are entering the warm season, we will do our best to ensure the health of the workers."

 東電によると、医師については、福島第二原発に1人、作業員の活動拠点「Jヴィレッジ」に4人を、それぞれ24時間体制で配置しているが、福島第 一原発には、医師の被曝が懸念されることから、1人を午前10時~午後4時の6時間配置するだけだったという。搬送された病院は約40キロ離れていた。

According to TEPCO, 1 doctor is stationed at Fukushima II, and 4 at "J-Village" (staging area for Fukushima I Nuke Plant operation) on 24/7 basis. However, at Fukushima I Nuke Plant, 1 doctor is present only for 6 hours from 10:00AM to 4:00PM for fear of radiation exposure. The hospital to which the worker was taken is 40 kilometers from the plant.

So, what was that nice narrative yesterday by Mainichi Shinbun that the worker was taken to the doctor's office on site, when there was no doctor at the office?

CT scan and blood test? No autopsy?


Anonymous said...

robbie001 sez:

So a medical doctor is concerned with more than 6 hours of exposure a day at the J-village staging area but the workers are to absorb as much as 250 mSv before they should become concerned? Where are all the Japanese doctors that support the radiation hormesis theory? Why aren't they putting their money where their mouths are. Dr. Robert Gale was taking a good game about how he'd drink radioactive water and eat the food but then he went home. It doesn't look like Dr. Gale was able to convince any local doctors that there are "acceptable" levels of exposure. Shouldn't the Japanese hormesis crowd be extolling the virtues of healthful low dose radiation for the population? I would have expected to see a hoard of people from around the world clamoring for the healthful bounty of contamination that can be found in Japan and the Ukraine for that matter. Why isn't Ann Coulter starting a radioactive produce club for her followers? It worked so well for the makers of "Radithor."

Radithor "A Cure for the Living Dead"

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