Date: 30 December 1965
Location: VENUS assembly, Mol, Belgium
Type of event: criticality accident with research reactor
The VENUS research reactor used uranium dixoide fuel rods containing 7% enriched uranium in a tank of water; at the time of the accident, 30% of the water was heavy water. During manipulation of control rods, an operator erroneously began extracting a control rod before reinserting another. The operator observed a glow in the bottom of the reactor, immediately dropped the control rod and left the room. His left foot, which was over the reactor at the time of the accident, absorbed 1750-4000 rem and had to be amputated; the dose to his chest was about 500 rem.
Consequences: 1 injury.
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