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

Yanango orphaned source, 1999

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 11 June 2006

Date: 20 February 1999

Location: Yanango, Peru

Type of event: lost source


A welder working with a radiographer at a hydroelectric plant picked up a lost iridium-192 industrial radiography source on 20 Feburary 1999 and put it in his pocket for several hours. After about six hours the worker began experiencing pain in the back of the right thigh. He went home with the source, causing minor exposures to family members. The radiographer, having discovered the source was missing about midnight, came to the welder's home at 1:00 AM on 21 February and helped discover the source. The welder received an estimated whole body dose of 150 rem, although localized doses were much higher--up to 10,000 rad to one buttock--requiring amputation of one leg.

Consequences: 1 injury.


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