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

Witbank radiography accident, 1989

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 11 June 2006

Date: 1989

Location: Witbank, Transvaal, South Africa

Type of event: radiography accident


A radiographer failed to properly attach an iridium-192 industrial radiography source, which became detached and went undetected. One worker received a whole-body dose of 78 rad or 225 rem. Localized exposure required amputation of the right leg at the hip 6 months after exposure and amputation of three fingers one year after exposure. Two other workers whole-body doses of 9 and 10 rad, respectively.

Consequences: 1 injury.


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