Monday, January 21, 2013

Subcontractors at Fukushima Site Violated Labor Laws Designed to Protect Workers

Probe reveals 45% of cleanup subcontractors violated labor laws January 19, 2012

[Excerpted]  Nearly half of the 242 companies involved in decontamination work in Fukushima Prefecture were found to have violated labor laws in 219 instances, the labor ministry said Jan. 18. 

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said 45 percent of the companies fell into this category.

The findings show that many of the cleanup workers were thrust into inadequate work environments, fueling argument that was part of the reason slipshod decontamination work proliferated in many sites, as was reported by the media.

The labor standards inspection offices in Fukushima Prefecture reported 34 cases in which radiation levels were not measured prior to the start of cleanup work, despite a requirement under the Industrial Safety and Health Law to do so.


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1 comment:

  1. Great post. I have been reading about labor laws ever since I had to write a paper on Louisiana labor laws last month. This is very interesting, that is a lot of companies that violated the labor laws. Thanks so much for sharing.


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