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Tag Board Clearance and Underground Blasting

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Workplace Standards Tasmania has investigated a number of high potential incidents involving tag board clearance and underground blasting. Details of these incidents are as follows:

  • A firing was initiated with a tag on the “IN” board. Fortunately, the owner of the tag had left the site but had forgotten to tag off. The person responsible for clearing the tag board and initiating the firing could not explain why he failed to see the tag, although a contributing factor may have been that the tag was hanging at an angle to the board.
  • A firing was initiated with two tags on the “IN” board. The owners of the tags were in the firing district when the blast was initiated but were fortunately not injured. The person responsible for clearing the tag board could not explain why he failed to see the tags.
  • A firing was initiated with two persons in the firing district. Their tags had been removed by a fellow worker who believed that they were in the vehicle behind his. Fortunately, they were not injured.

Each of these incidents could have resulted in a serious injury or a fatality and the factors which contributed to the incidents may exist at other underground sites.



Organisation:

Workplace Standards Tasmania

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Jurisdiction:

Relates to Tasmania (TAS)

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PDF Document
Coverage:

Tasmania

Author:

Workplace Standards Tasmania

Publisher:

Tasmanian Government

Published:

Jan 2011



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