Database of radiological incidents and related events--Johnston's Archive

Kaifeng City radiation accident, 1986

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 8 October 2008

Date: May 1986

Location: Kaifeng City, P.R. China

Type of event: accidental exposure to source


Two individuals were accidentally exposed to a cobalt-60 source for about 3 minutes. During a loss of power, the workers entered the room and put the source in the irradiation position manually. They received whole body doses of 260 and 350 rads, respectively, and developed acute radiation sickness.

Consequences: 2 injuries.


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