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

France orphaned source, 1995

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 19 November 2011

Date: 1995

Location: France

Type of event: accidental exposure to lost source


A worker with insufficient training disregarded signage associated with a radioactive source and disassembled a density gauge at a textile treatment planet, handling the 0.2-curie cesium-137 source for 30-45 minutes. He felt a burning sensation in one hand when he was done, and a few days later radiation injury was identified. Skin reddening and a lesion on one hand developed over the next two weeks. Localized dose was estimated as 3,000 rad and whole body dose as 20 rad.

Consequences: 1 injury.


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