[ RadSafe ] The "Double Edged Sword" - is there more to the story?
JPreisig at aol.com
JPreisig at aol.com
Fri Dec 28 11:36:51 CST 2012
What was the nature of the exposure accidents???? How much estimated
delivered in how much time???
Did the Labs involved settle legally with the individuals involved???
Did the exposees deliberately
bypass safety interlocks etc.???
Can we have their names??? Maybe some of us have run into them in
I know one guy from BNL who developed cancer --- he routinely used a
5 Curie AmBe and/or PuBe
neutron source. They kept the source in a 55 gallon drum of
parafin/wax/plastic or whatever.
After the guy developed cancer, the calibration area was redesigned to
place the technicians'
office area further away from the sources. Don't know if a legal
settlement was involved.
I generally used a 0.5 Curie AmBe neutron source in Calibrations.
Another interesting radiation exposure incident involved a fellow
named Slotin, who was conducting
a criticality experiment. At the time of exposure, Slotin was pretty much
right near the source.
Other fellows were at various places in the room during the exposure
incident. I'm told Cerenkov
(a blue flash???) was produced during the exposure. I'm sure this event
is described elsewhere more
formally. Slotin died a pretty miserable death. Some of the other guys
died a while after, but this is all
long ago now.
Let's be careful out there...
In a message dated 12/28/2012 11:08:33 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
tdc at xrayted.com writes:
I was just musing - enough time has passed to answer the open question
presented in the "Double Edged Sword".
Did the exposee get cancer decades after the incident?
Does anyone out there KNOW?
The same question would apply to the LBNL 1977 x-ray accident. I guess
I should be the one to know the answer to that one - but he left LBNL
shortly after the accident and I have no idea where he went. I would
expect that the research community might best know his whereabouts. The
latency period has passed for this accident as well.
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