Database of radiological incidents and related events--Johnston's Archive
Rockaway irradiator accident, 1977
compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 26 October 2008
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.
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