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Taiyuan irradiator accident, 2008

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 26 June 2013

Date: 11 April 2008

Location: Taiyuan, Shanxi, P.R. China

Type of event: irradiator accident


At a facility for irradiating traditional Chinese medicine, five male workers entered the irradiation room and were exposed to the cobalt-60 source. The workers were exposed from 5-15 minutes each, about 0.8-1.5 meters from the source. They developed nausea and vomiting about 30 minutes later, exhibiting facial blushing, blepharal hyperemia, and drunken appearance. All five were transferred to a Beijing hospital 14 hours after exposure. Two victims (doses 1240 and 340 rad) developed acute gastrointestinal radiation sickness with severe bone marrow damage; the other three (doses 250, 220, and 210 rads) developed moderate bone marrow radiation sickness.

Consequences: 5 injuries.


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