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

F. R. Germany orphaned source accident, 1968

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 22 September 2007

Date: 18 September 1968

Location: F. R. Germany

Type of event: exposure to orphaned source


An iridium-192 source used for testing was mishandled, exposing six workers, one significantly. The injured worker had placed the source in a jacket pocket, producing a 100 rad whole body dose and a 4,000-6,000 rad dose to the pelvic and thigh regions with effects including skin injury and hypospermia to aspermia.

Consequences: 1 injury (~100 rad).


© 2007 by Wm. Robert Johnston.
Last modified 22 September 2007.
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