Best Practices to Avoid Explosives and Blasting Accidents

Since 2010, blasting accidents involving flyrock, misfires and toxic fumes have claimed the lives of seven miners. Two miners perished in a single event in 2013 and four died in explosives accidents in that year alone. The victims ranged from thirty to sixty-three years of age and their mining experience varied from a few weeks to thirty-six years. Although the number of mining fatalities has fallen slowly but steadily year by year, the frequency of explosives and blasting accidents remains stubbornly constant, averaging one per year. We must do better.


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