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

Zhao Xian irradiator accident, 1988

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 11 June 2006

Date: 1988

Location: Zhao Xian, P.R. China

Type of event: irradiator accident


An accident occurred at an irradiation facility which used a cobalt-60 source. An individual accidentally entered the irradiation room for about 40 seconds, resulting in a whole body dose of about 520 rad. The individual suffered acute radiation sickness, recovered, and was still alive three years later.

Consequences: 1 injury (520 rad).


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