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

United Kingdom radiography accident, 1991

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 11 June 2006

Date: unknown, between 1977 and 1991

Location: United Kingdom

Type of event: industrial radiography accident


An industrial radiographer died of leukemia in 1992 associated to prolonged chronic exposure to sources with which he worked. Acute exposures are unknown, but total estimated whole body dose over a several year period was 1,400 rad. The exact nature of the accidental exposures are not known but apparently occurred over a period of 10-14 years. The individual worked with torch-type iridium-192 sources from 1974 to 1983 and with remotely operated wind-out iridium-192 source from 1983 and thereafter. From about 1983 for six years the man suffered radiation-induced skin lesions on the hands, requiring amputation of part of two fingers around 1990.

Consequences: 1 death from chronic exposure.


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