Date: 5 February 1989
Location: Delmed Company, San Salvador, El Salvador
Type of event: accident at industrial irradiator
An accident occurred during repairs at an medical sterilizer irradiation facility with a cobalt-60 source. One component of the radiation source fell out of the source rack, leaving it exposed in the irradiation room at a time when radiation monitors were disabled. Several workers entering the room received radiation exposures. One person received an 800 rem dose, causing death, and two others received severe injury from radiation, one receiving 290-370 rem.
Consequences: 1 fatality, 2 injuries.
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