Nearly 70% of decontamination firms still violating labor laws in Fukushima

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Fukushima Daiichi Decontamination

According to labor officials in Fukushima Prefecture, nearly 70% of the companies hired to conduct decontamination work after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster have been found to be in violation of multiple labor laws.

In July 2013, the Fukushima Labor Bureau found that between January and June 2013, 68% of companies and firms engaged in decontamination work were violation labor laws.  The labor bureau instructed the violating companies to come into compliance.

The labor bureau conducted another set of inspections which found 742 violations at 446 companies (67% of the total number of companies) between July and December 2013.

363 of the total 742 cases were related to the safety and health of the workers and involved violations related to not properly using filtering masks, dosimeters, or not conducting health checkups on the workers.

The Fukushima Labor Bureau said that it will give more warnings to the violators in order to correct their operations, if companies are continued to be found out of compliance then harsher measures will be taken including reporting violators to prosecutors.

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