Firm 'hushed up' earlier radiation accident

11th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

11 May 2006, BRUSSELS — The widow of a chemical engineer at Sterigenics in Fleurus has released a document indicating staff were ordered to keep silent about a serious incident at the company in 1999.

11 May 2006

BRUSSELS — The widow of a chemical engineer at Sterigenics in Fleurus has released a document indicating staff were ordered to keep silent about a serious incident at the company in 1999.

In August 2002, the now deceased engineer wrote about an accident that took place at the Wallonian firm in September 1999.

The incident took place in the same room where another Sterigenics worker was exposed to a high dose of radiation on 11 March 2006.

He was admitted to a specialist French hospital after reporting to company doctors three weeks later when his hair started falling out.

The man has since been released from hospital, but remains under medical supervision.

Meanwhile, the document written by the deceased engineer is said to be incriminating for the firm's former director, newspaper 'a Nouvelle Gazette' reported on Wednesday.

The engineer claims the former director gathered staff together and asked them not to talk about the incident.

"Otherwise it could mean the closure of the company," he is alleged to have said.

The engineer wrote about a colleague whose desk was situated alongside the room where the accident took place. The employee was diagnosed with leukemia at the end of January 2001 and died in March 2002.

"I am convinced that all the personnel that were in the building in September 1999 had a dose of radiation," the engineer wrote.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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