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Impact on People and Environment:
  • Exposure in excess of ten times the statutory annual limit for workers.
  • Non-lethal deterministic health effect (e.g., burns) from radiation.
Impact on Radiological Barriers and Control:
  • Exposure rates of more than 1 Sv/h in an operating area.
  • Severe contamination in an area not expected by design, with a low probability of ­significant public exposure.
Impact on Defece-in-Depth:
  • Near accident at a nuclear power plant with no safety provisions remaining.
  • Lost or stolen highly radioactive sealed source.
  • Misdelivered highly radioactive sealed source without adequate procedures in place to handle it.
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Exposure to workers

On the morning of 14 February 2014, a radiography company was performing non-destructive testing by industrial radiography with a 1,22 GBq Ir-192 source to several pipe joints in a chemical plant. The operations were performed by three operators (A, B and C) in a platform at nearly 12 meters height over the floor. In order to reduce the level of radiation in the area a tungsten collimator was fixed at the tip of guide tube.

Category: Radiation Source Peru »

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Overxposure of an industrial radiographer

On 14 September 2013 an employee of a company for non-destructive material testing was exposed to high radiation in a refinery in Lower Saxony. The evaluation of the employee's official dosimeter showed a radiation exposure of about four times the statutory annual dose limit for occupationally exposed persons. The affected employee had a whole body exposure of 75 mSv (statutory annual dose limit for occupationally exposed workers is 20 mSv). In addition on the left hand considerable skin redness and burns have occurred.

Category: Other Germany »

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Contaminated water leakage from a water tank

?Regarding the contaminated water leakage from a water tank in the H4 Tank Area at Fukushima Daiichi NPS that was detected on August 19, radioactivities in the leaked water in the dike were found to be:
- Cesium-134: 4.6×101 Bq/cm3
- Cesium-137: 1.0×102 Bq/cm3
- β emitting radionuclides in total: 8.0×104 Bq/cm3
?The amount of the leaked water is estimated to be approximately 300m3, judging from the decrease of water level in the water tank in question.

Category: Power Reactor Fukushima Daiichi »

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Overexposure of Workers

On October 18, 2012, three workers were overexposed during industrial radiography at Phool Nagar near Lahore. The event took place due to detachment of Ir-192 source (67 Ci) which remained stuck in the Guide Tube. The workers could not notice this and loaded the Gamma Projector and Guide Tube in the vehicle and traveled for almost 30 minutes from work site to office while placing the Guide Tube very close to the leg of one worker (‘worker A’ sitting on rear seat of the vehicle).

Category: Radiation Source Pakistan »

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Overexposure to Radiographer

During work activities, a licensee’s radiographer [Radiographer A] appears to have been overexposed while carrying a guide tube that contained a 2.405 TBq (65 curies) Ir-192 source. Radiographer A was conducting work activities on a platform. When he had completed the series of shots, he signaled to Radiographer B, on the deck below, to crank in the source. Radiographer A surveyed the camera and then disconnected the source guide tube and laid it on the scaffold while he lowered the camera.

Category: Radiation Source United States of America »

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Accident in industrial radiography

A radiographer was taking several radiographic films to a pipes by the night. In order to be sure that the guide tube was correctly the radiographer went to the tube guide an collimator to fix them. This operation was made by 40 times. Eventually the radiographer touched with his left hand, at least 10 times, the tube guide where the source was unnoticed. Also, two auxiliar staff went to the radiographer position carrying the films to be checked at least by 40 and 20 times. The radioactive source was 3199,5 GBq Ir-192. The event was detected at the end of job.

Category: Radiation Source Peru »

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Overexposure to a Radiographer Trainee's Extremities

Preliminary information indicates that a radiographer trainee received an extremity exposure to the fingers, as result of removing a radiography camera guide tube with the source still in it and touching the source. The trainee's fingers indicate observable deterministic effects, which include blistering of the thumb, index and middle fingers. These types of effects correspond to an exposure range of 20 to 30 Sv (2000 to 3000 rem) to the extremities. The trainee is receiving medical care at an area hospital.

Category: Radiation Source United States of America »

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Loss of the cooling function to the ultimate heat sink due to the big tsunami

Fukushima Dai-ni Nuclear Power Station Units 1, 2 and 4, which is in rated power operation, have automatically shut down around 14:46(JST) on March 11, 2011, because of the Tohoku regional Pacific Ocean Offshore Earthquake. Following the earthquake, the big tsunami attacked the power station and the seawater pump rooms were flooded. The licensee lost the function operability of sea water pumps for last heat removal. The turbine driven pump started operation and the exhausted steam increased the pressure of the suppression pool.

Category: Power Reactor Japan »

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Loss of the cooling function to the ultimate heat sink due to the big tsunami

Fukushima Dai-ni Nuclear Power Station Units 1, 2 and 4, which is in rated power operation, have automatically shut down around 14:46(JST) on March 11, 2011, because of the Tohoku regional Pacific Ocean Offshore Earthquake. Following the earthquake, the big tsunami attacked the power station and the seawater pump rooms were flooded. The licensee lost the function operability of sea water pumps for last heat removal. The turbine driven pump started operation and the exhausted steam increased the pressure of the suppression pool.

Category: Power Reactor Japan »

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Loss of the cooling function to the ultimate heat sink due to the big tsunami

Fukushima Dai-ni Nuclear Power Station Units 1, 2 and 4, which is in rated power operation, have automatically shut down around 14:46(JST) on March 11, 2011, because of the Tohoku regional Pacific Ocean Offshore Earthquake. Following the earthquake, the big tsunami attacked the power station and the seawater pump rooms were flooded. The licensee lost the function operability of sea water pumps for last heat removal. The turbine driven pump started operation and the exhausted steam increased the pressure of the suppression pool.

Category: Power Reactor Japan »