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The 1961 SL-1 Reactor Explosion was the world's first fatal nuclear accident.
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The SL-1 Reactor Accident

Truck mounted sling used to remove operator from the ceiling of the SL-1 structure.

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One of the SL-1 operators was hanging from the ceiling of the structure where he was impaled on a control rod ejected from the SL-1 pressure vessel. This photograph shows a special truck-mounted sling used to catch his body when it was freed from the control rod. Workers were employed in exceptionally short shifts - some just minutes long - to remove the bodies of the operators and - later - to disassemble the reactor plant.

The sling was disposed of as radioactive material during site cleanup.

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