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

Rockaway irradiator accident, 1977

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 26 October 2008

Date: September 1977

Location: Rockaway, New Jersey, USA

Type of event: accident with industrial irradiator


One person was briefly exposed to a cobalt-60 source in an industrial irradiation facility before he realized the source was exposed, after which he left immediately. The accident resulted from failure of a safety interlock designed to lower the source into a safety pool when personnel are present. He developed acute radiation sickness from an exposure of about 200 rem.

Consequences: 1 injury.


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