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Section: 30 CFR 56.6306f3
Date: 02/26/2010
District: NC
Negligence: Moderate
Injury or Illness: Reasonably Likely
Injury or illness could be expected to be: Fatal
Significant and Substantial: Yes

Condition or Practice: Access to the blasting site was not guarded during the evacuation procedure to prevent passage of unauthorized persons or vehicles from nearing the blasting zone and the radio communication failed to account for all entry points blocking traffic prior to detonating the shot. From the north gate an over-the-road truck drove by the gate where taffic should have been contained. A front-end loader on the road to block traffic, left the post. The communications checker failed to contact the north gate prior to allowing blasters to detonate the shot. The north gate employee did not have an opportunity to announce the roadway was finally blocked off and all accounted for, as one contract worker was not immediately accounted for. The hazard is an unahuthorized person within the blasting zone during detonation causing fatal injury.

Action to Terminate: Safety discussions were held on evacuation procedures during blasting.

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