Father exposes family to RADIATION after peeing in his backyard following treatment involving nuclear medicine
- Man discharged himself from hospital and peed in backyard following treatment
- His urine was contaminated and resulted in radiation exposure to his family
- The latest statistics show 575 radiation incidents were reported in 2017
- Report shows Australia is ‘generally very safe’ despite ‘strict controls in place’
A father who peed in the backyard while he was being treated with nuclear medicine has exposed his family to radiation, according to a new report.
The man discharged himself from hospital after receiving radiotherapy which involved nuclear medicine, before relieving himself in his garden.
He is among hundreds who have been exposed to radiation to have been reported to the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPNSA).
The latest statistics show a total of 575 incidents reported in 2017, which was an increase by 47 per cent from the previous year.
The man discharged himself from hospital after receiving radiotherapy which involved nuclear medicine, before relieving himself in his garden (stock image)
A report by ARPNSA found that Australia is ‘generally very safe’ despite the ‘strict controls in place.’
Last month, two employees at a nuclear plant were exposed to a radiation dose equivalent to cancer radiation therapy while they were working.
A recently opened $168million medical lab at the nuclear facility in south Sydney’s Lucas Heights was temporarily closed down after reports three employees were exposed to unsafe levels of radiation.
Australia has never had a nuclear power station and the Queensland Liberal National Party is campaigning against one being built.
Minerals Council chair Helen Coonan from the former Howard government has come forward and said that there should be consideration for a nuclear power station (stock)