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

San Salvador irradiator accident, 1989

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 11 May 2005

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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