Database of radiological incidents and related events--Johnston's Archive
Atucha radiological accident, 1977
compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 18 September 2007
2 April 1977
Type of event:
injury from radiological contamination
A worker at a nuclear reactor was not wearing lead gloves and cut his hand on the edge of a plug. The wound was contaminated by 0.1 microcuries of radioactive material producing a localized radiation dose over a period of several years. The incident was identified when the worker later entered a controlled area and the contamination was detected. Surgery was eventually required in 1985 to remove the contamination.
- Gimenez, J. C., M. A. Righetti, and E. Thomasz, April 1988, "Diagnostic procedure and treatment of a residual radioactive contamination with Co-60," 7th IRPA Congress Proceedings, on line, IRPA [http://www2000.irpa.net/irpa7/cdrom/VOL.2/S2_76.PDF].
- UNSCEAR, 2000, "Annex E: Occupational radiation exposures," in Sources and Effects of Ionizing Radiation: United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation UNSCEAR 2000 Report to the General Assembly, with Scientific Annexes, Volume I: Sources, UNSCEAR, on line at UNSCEAR [http://www.unscear.org/docs/reports/annexe.pdf].
© 2004-2006, 2007 by Wm. Robert Johnston.
Last modified 18 September 2007.
Return to Home. Return to Nuclear Weapons Resources. Return to Database of radiological incidents and related events.