Location: Witbank, Transvaal, South Africa
Type of event: radiography accident
A radiographer failed to properly attach an iridium-192 industrial radiography source, which became detached and went undetected. One worker received a whole-body dose of 78 rad or 225 rem. Localized exposure required amputation of the right leg at the hip 6 months after exposure and amputation of three fingers one year after exposure. Two other workers whole-body doses of 9 and 10 rad, respectively.
Consequences: 1 injury.
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