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Overexposure to Radiographer

The licensee reported that one of their radiographers received a deep dose equivalent of 55.63 mSv (5.563 rem) during 2009. The licensee stated that the exposure had accumulated over the year and was not the result of a one-time event. The licensee stated that the exposure probably occurred while the radiographer was using high activity sources in confined spaces. The licensee believes that the shooting times were so short that the radiographer was not able to not maximize distance during operations in order to sufficiently reduce dose.

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Theft of a device containig radioactive source

On the 22nd of July 2015 the device containing radioactive source previously reported stolen has been recovered.

Category: Radiation Source Poland »

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Stolen pick-up truck with Ir-192 cat II source

In July 3rd. 2014, at the Municipality of Atizapán de Zaragoza, Mexico State, Mexico, a pick-up truck was stolen, this vehicle was transporting an Industrial Radiography Ir-192 radioactive source, with activity of 1.23 TBq, category II.

On July the 4th, 2014, the vehicle was found at the municipality of Tlalnepantla, Mexico State, Mexico.

Category: Radiation Source Mexico »

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Missing Dangerous Source at Tepojaco, Hidalgo, Mexico

.On December 2, 2013, a vehicle transporting a teletherapy source from the IMSS Hospital in Tijuana, Baja California (Co-60 approximately 3000 Ci, Category I) to the Radioactive Waste Storage Center (CADER) in Maquixco, Mexico State was stolen near a gas station in the Municipality of Tepojaco, Hidalgo.

Law enforcement authorities tracked the teletherapy device down to a field near the town of Hueypoxtla in Mexico State, very close to where the truck was stolen, at around 14:00 (20:00 UTC) on 4 December 2013.

The radioactive cobalt-60 source had been removed from its protective shielding, bu

Category: Radiation Source Mexico »

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Missing Dangerous Source at Salamanca, Guanajuato

In February 3rd. 2015, the National Commission on Nuclear Safety and Safeguards (this is Mexico’s nuclear regulatory authority) was informed by a licensee that three vehicles of its property had been stolen, each one was transporting an Ir-92 source. Therefore, three sources were missing. On the same day, after carrying out an investigation the sources were located and secured by the regulatory authority staff. All the sources are intact and safe. .

Category: Radiation Source Mexico »

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Missing Dangerous Source at Cárdenas, Tabasco, México

On April 14th 2015, the National Commission on Nuclear Safety and Safeguards received a report about the theft of a vehicle transporting a radioactive source. This had occurred in the municipality of Cardenas, in the State of Tabasco, Mexico. The stolen source was Ir-92 with an activity of 32 Ci. The source category is 2.

On April 22nd 2015, due to the information given by an anonymous phone call to the State Police, the container with the radioactive source was located and recovered.

Category: Radiation Source Mexico »

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Orphan source found

On 20th May 2015 the RSD's inspectors were informed by an authorized technical service on increased radiation in a truck loaded with metal scrap (aluminium, copper and messing), with dose rate of 368 μSv/h measured on the surface of the truck.
The truck was loaded in metal scrap yard in Skopje, Macedonia and it was intended for export from Macedonia to a facility in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Category: Radiation Source Macedonia »

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Eu-152 lightning rods found in metal scrap

On 15th May 2015 the Radiation Safety Directorate's inspectors were informed by an authorized technical service on increased radiation in a truck loaded with metal scrap (aluminium, copper and messing), with dose rate of 84 μSv/h measured on the surface of the truck.
The truck was loaded in metal scrap yard in Veles, which collects metal scrap from allover of Macedonia and it was intended for export from Macedonia to a facility in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Category: Radiation Source Macedonia »

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Found category 4 source, shutter of the source container partly open

On 14th March 2015 Italian border control detected increased radiation levels at an Austrian railcar at the Austrian border station. The railcar transported scrap metal. Austrian radiation experts found a Cs-137 category 4 source with 2.5 GBq activity. The shutter of the source container was partly open. The radiation source was secured and transported to the Central Austrian Waste Management Facility at Seibersdorf.

The owner of the Cs-137 source was identified by the responsible Austrian authority.

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Stolen radioactive sources

On the 6th of March 2015 total of 22 containers with Co-60 category 5 (activity between 40 MBq and 200 MBq on 2015-03-06) radioactive sources were reported stolen from a storehouse in Poznan. On the 10th of April the licensee informed that 7 of the containers previously reported stolen have remained intact inside the storehouse. Aggregated activity of the stolen sources equals about 1,7 GBq.

Category: Radiation Source Poland »