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

Ecuador orphaned source, 2009

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 19 November 2011

Date: April 2009

Location: Ecuador

Type of event: lost source


A construction worker picked up a loose 16 Ci radiography source and carried it for some period next to his left leg, causing significant localized exposure. The worker was transported to France for treatment which was completed successfully in September. This incident represented the first activation of the IAEA Response Assistance Network.

Consequences: 1 injury


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