Date: 4 February 1971
Type of event: accident at industrial irradiator
A techician at a seed irradiation facility walked within 0.6 meters of a 7,700-curie cobalt-60 source, unaware that the source was unshielded. When the technician left the irradiation room, it was realized that the source was unshielded. His whole body dose was estimated at 50-400 rad (a dosimeter worn at the belt indicated 260 rad) with exposure to his hand of 600-1200 rad.
Consequences: 1 injury.
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