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

Atucha radiological accident, 1977

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 18 September 2007

Date: 2 April 1977

Location: Atucha, Argentina

Type of event: injury from radiological contamination


A worker at a nuclear reactor was not wearing lead gloves and cut his hand on the edge of a plug. The wound was contaminated by 0.1 microcuries of radioactive material producing a localized radiation dose over a period of several years. The incident was identified when the worker later entered a controlled area and the contamination was detected. Surgery was eventually required in 1985 to remove the contamination.

Consequences: 1 injury.


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