The Bulgarian nuclear watchdog has revealed on Friday that four workers from an industrial laboratory have been seriously contaminated with radiation. It has been found that the workers were found with level 3 and 7 of radiation in their body.
Among these four workers, three are said to be men and one woman. After being affected by the radiation, these four workers were hospitalized on Tuesday. Doctors monitoring them informed that the arms of the workers have been affected but overall they are in good condition.
It has been told that the four workers were exposed to strong gamma radiations for nearly five minutes when they accidently handled a radiation therapy unit re-loaded with the synthetic radioactive isotope Cobalt-60, assuming that it was empty. After the incidence the gamma-ray equipment has been switched into safe mood.
The workers are from Gitava Company which is based near the Southern Bulgarian town of Stambolyiski. Gitava is specialized industry which supply and recharging gamma-ray therapeutic equipment for the treatment of cancer patients.
The manager and co-owner of the company, Margarita Tranteva, said, “Our employees say they do not feel any different after the radiation exposure. I hope that their health condition will not be affected by the accident”.
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