Boeing Employees Exposed To Radiation at Naval Base
FALLON, Nev. -- At least two Boeing Co. workers were exposed to potentially harmful doses of radiation at the Fallon Naval Air Station, company officials said.
The two men were exposed over a three-month period while working around an X-ray machine used to check Navy fighter jets for metal fatigue. The machine was staying on when it appeared to be turned off, Boeing officials said last week.
Base and company officials were still trying to determine how the malfunction happened and the exact amount of radiation each man received. Meanwhile, officials have stopped X-raying aircraft at the base.
"We are working closely with the Navy in investigating this incident, as well as providing the necessary health care for those employees involved," Boeing spokesman Paul Guse told the Lahontan Valley News and Fallon Eagle Standard. An official at the Navy Radiological Affairs Support Office declined to comment.
Guse said four employees were exposed to radiation but only two workers received high enough doses to cause physical symptoms. The two men have been examined at a California hospital and allowed to return to work, but the full health effects of the exposure are not yet known, he said.
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