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    tmac1956
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    What precations do you take when working on clocks/watches with radium dials? Over the years, the stuff can get into the works and become airborn when you open them up. Do you see many of these?

    Just curious…
    tmac

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    david pierce
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    Tom,
    A number of years ago my brother died from lung cancer at 29 years of age. He worked at a company that manufactured artificial joints. The radioactive x-ray machine at the time infected the dust in the air and it was being breathed in and also swallowed. Two people that replaced his job after him also died in a similar fashion. Personally, I would stay as far away from anything radioactive as I could.
    david

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    tmac1956
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    @david pierce wrote:

    Tom,
    A number of years ago my brother died from lung cancer at 29 years of age. He worked at a company that manufactured artificial joints. The radioactive x-ray machine at the time infected the dust in the air and it was being breathed in and also swallowed. Two people that replaced his job after him also died in a similar fashion. Personally, I would stay as far away from anything radioactive as I could.
    david

    david:

    Recognizing those things is an issue. I guess the added expense of a Geiger Counter might be needed. I do know that those poor women who painted those dials up until WWII paid an enourmous price. There are still tons of them around and collectors too.
    Thanks!
    tmac

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    david pierce
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    Tom,
    The problem was even worse than that. In the town where the factory was located people began dying of cancer. The location of the source was found by putting stick pins into a map and the dial factory was in the middle. The workers had been cleaning their brushes and paint cans at the end of their shifts and pouring the liquid out on the ground. Aparently it got into the water system.
    david

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    tmac1956
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    @david pierce wrote:

    Tom,
    The problem was even worse than that. In the town where the factory was located people began dying of cancer. The location of the source was found by putting stick pins into a map and the dial factory was in the middle. The workers had been cleaning their brushes and paint cans at the end of their shifts and pouring the liquid out on the ground. Aparently it got into the water system.
    david

    david:

    Yea – I think they call it Radium City.

    Tom

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