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Incinerator worker seeks damages for his injuries

Date Posted: 2007-07-27

A worker burned by hot ashes as he worked at the Okinawa City waste incinerator plant is taking his employer to court.

The man charges his bosses failed to protect him by not warning him about the dangers of hot ashes at the Chibana area plant. He is asking for ¥69.1 million to pay for his injuries in the September 2004 incident. The worker says he didn’t know there were extremely hot ashes in the area he was directed to scrape out. As the ashes spread across his body, he suffered burns.

“This company should have let me know the ashes were still hot, so don’t go to work yet,” he says, complaining the “company forgot their duty of attention to him, and has responsibility to provide safe working conditions for employees.” The worker describes his life now as much more difficult because of problems with his legs and arms, explaining in his complaint he must rely on his family to take care of him, and requires daily nursing care.

The incinerator plant operator’s attorney says “we need to investigate in more detail about how the accident happened. Then,” he says, “we’ll tell what was the truth.

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