25 Mar '11, 7pm

Japan's TEPCO under pressure over injured workers

Japan's TEPCO under pressure over injured workers

OSAKA : Japan ordered the operator of a stricken nuclear plant to step up safety Friday after three workers in ill-fitting shoes suffered burns when they sloshed through highly radioactive water. The trio, aged in their 20s and 30s, were placing electric cables in a basement as part of efforts to rebuild cooling systems at the quake and tsunami damaged reactor three to prevent high-level radiation from spewing out. Two of the men, who were employed by a subcontractor, were hospitalised after suffering radiation burns from beta rays, which are powerful enough to transform a person's DNA makeup and cause potential cancer and death. The workers stepped into a pool of water containing iodine, caesium and cobalt 10,000 times the normal level, said the operator, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which runs the stricken Fukushima plant. All were exposed to radiation of up...

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