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Securing the blast site to prevent blasting-related injuries.

Authors
Bajpayee-TS; Verakis-HC; Lobb-TE
Source
J Explos Eng 2005 Jul/Aug; 22(4):6-14
NIOSHTIC No.
20028274
Abstract
This article examines the factors related to injuries due to inadequate blasting shelters and blast area security and identifies mitigation techniques. The key concepts are (1) accurate determination of the bounds of the blast area, (2) clearing employees from the blast area, (3) effective access control, (4) use of adequate blasting shelters, (5) efficient communications, and (6) training. Fundamentals are reviewed, with an emphasis on analyzing task elements and identifying root causes for selected blasting accidents. Mitigating techniques are presented, along with discussions and examples.
Keywords
Explosives; Injuries; Safety-research; Hazards; Mining-industry; Employees; Accidents; Surface-mining; Underground-mining; Metal-mining; Nonmetal-mining; Geology; Coal-mining; Construction; Stone-mines; Gold-mines; Warning-signals; Warning-signs; Training; Engineering-controls; Fumes; Flyrock; Ventilation; Blasting
Contact
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
CODEN
JEXEDL
Publication Date
20050701
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
0889-0668
NIOSH Division
PRL
Source Name
The Journal of Explosives Engineering
State
PA; NY; KY; TN; NV
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