6 workers contaminated by French radioactive leak

French nuke safety authorities say six people have been contaminated by a leak of radioactive cobalt in a foundry.

Saint-Etienne (France): French nuclear safety authorities says six people have been contaminated by a leak of radioactive cobalt in a foundry.
The Institute for Radioactivity Protection and Nuclear
Safety says the six were brought to a hospital unit at a
nuclear plant near the foundry in Feurs in eastern France.
Tests are being carried out to determine the severity of the
contamination.

The Nuclear Safety Authority said today the incident
occurred when workers were using a robot to retrieve material
containing Cobalt-60 stuck in a machine used to test
engineering structures. The material had been stuck since May
7.

The Nuclear Safety Authority ranked the incident
yesterday as a Level 2 on a scale of 7 used to classify
nuclear incidents.

PTI

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