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Impreglio criticized for Kárahnjúkar workers falling ill

Apart from the 40 Impreglio workers suffering from food poisoning last weekend, 180 workers at the dam have suffered from illnesses since April 10 related to pollution in the influx tunnel, which was closed down Tuesday.

Thorsteinn Njálsson, a physician at Kárahnjúkar, said the leaders of Impreglio had known the illnesses were caused by pollution, but had not reacted immediately and continued to send workers into the tunnel, Fréttabladid reports.

The tunnel was not closed until Impreglio received orders from the Work Supervision Authority. Yesterday Njálsson sent the authority the names of the 180 workers who had fallen ill due to pollution.

A Polish worker is currently being treated for disturbances in his central nervous system in a Polish hospital because he could not afford the treatment required in Iceland, Njálsson said.

Njálsson also said the National Energy Company had agreed to cover the expenses of any further treatment related to illnesses of the Kárahnjúkar workers and added he was pleased improvement was being made.

Two other workers left the hospital in Neskaupstadur yesterday, but are still unable to resume work. Nearly 20 workers are on sick leave in total.

According to Njálsson, some workers have resigned and returned to their home countries due to the poor conditions at Kárahnjúkar dam.

Ómar Valdimarsson, a spokesman for Impreglio, said the company had reacted immediately when the first workers fell ill, but that the measures they took had not been efficient enough.

Valdimarsson said he was not aware of any workers resigning due to poor working conditions.

Click here to read yesterday’s story about the matter.

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