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

Zona del Oleoducto radiation accident, 1977

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 22 September 2007

Date: 1977

Location: Zona del Oleoducto, Peru

Type of event: accidental exposure to source


An accident with an iridium-192 source resulted from poor supervision of untrained workers using unauthorized equipment. Three persons were injured, with doses up to 16,400 rad to the hands, 90 rad to the eye, and 200 rad whole body dose. Two persons had several fingers amputated and the third suffered injury to the left hand.

Consequences: 3 injuries.


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