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

La Plata orphaned source, 1968

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 26 October 2008

Date: 3 May-June 1968

Location: La Plata, Argentina

Type of event: lost source


A construction worker at a chemical plant discovered a 13-curie cesium-137 industrial radiography source and put it in his pants pocket for 17 hours (right pocket for 7 hours, left pocket for 10 hours), incurring a dose of 50 to 1,700 rads. This caused localized radiation injury; he was unable to work after 2 days, with radiation injury eventually involving permanent sterility and amputation of both legs. Another 17 coworkers were exposed to estimated doses of 40 rad.

Consequences: 1 injury.


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