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Blasting basics

May 1, 2009

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Explosives can be a quick and effective way for loggers to clear obstacles. However, if improperly used, stored or transported, explosives can also be extremely dangerous.

To avoid such hazards, OSHA recommends:

  • Allow only designated, trained workers to handle or use explosives.
  • Before blasting, be sure all other explosives are safely out of the area.
  • When transporting explosives, do not carry firearms.
  • Do not transport blasting caps in the same vehicle as explosives.
  • Do not smoke or carry matches or other flame-producing materials while using explosives.
  • Employees should never use alcohol, narcotics or other drugs when using explosives.
  • Provide adequate warning to ensure all employees are under cover before blasting.

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