Stolen industrial radiography device in Mexico City


Print View Posted on: 09 July 2018

Event Date: 06 July 2018 Event Type: Radiation Source
Event Location: Mexico, Mexico City INES Rating: 2 (Provisional)

On July 8th. 2018, the National Commission for Nuclear Safety and Safeguards was informed that an industrial radiography device was stolen, with an Ir-192 radioactive source inside.

The event occurred on July 6th. 2018, aproximately at 15:00 hours (EST), in Mexico City, when an employee of a licensee company was working on site, and for a while lost visual contact with the source, which was placed at the rear bumper of the transportation vehicle. It was at that time that the source was stolen.

Protocol procedures for locating and safe assuring of the missing source were activated, and they are still on.

INES Rating: 2 - Incident (Provisional) as per 09 July 2018
Release beyond authorized limits? No
Overexposure of a member of the public? No
Overexposure of a worker? No

Contamination spread within the facility? No
Damage to radiological barriers (incl. fuel damage) within the facility? No

Degradation of Defence In-Depth Yes

Person injured physically or casualty? No
Is there a continuing problem? Yes

Victor Gonzalez
Comision Nacional de Seguridad Nuclear y Salvaguardias

vmgonzalez@cnsns.gob.mx
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