Date: ~August 2006
Location: Dakar, Senegal, and Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Type of event: accidental exposure to radiography source
Following use of an iridium-192 source in radiography equipment in Dakar, Senegal, the source failed to retract into the shielded storage container. Users were not aware that the source was not secure, and the equipment was stored under a staircase for several weeks and later moved to Abidjan, Ivory Coast, for use there. Operators discovered the source was not secure when preparing to use it again. Between the two locations, four employees suffered sufficient exposure to warrant transfer to Paris, France, for medical treatment: all with localized radiation injuries and one additionally reportedly in "particularly serious" condition. Other employees at both sites are being tested for exposure.
Consequences: 4 injuries.
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