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Seismic Blasting Safety: Safety Questions

Below are examples of questions that participants in a recent USGS seismic blasting safety training were expected to be able to answer upon completion of the course.

1. How do I keep from being killed or injured?

2. How do I keep from killing or injuring someone else?

3. Where and how do I store explosives? and (or) caps?

4. Where can I go to get help when I have a question?

5. What do I do when I push the button and nothing happens?

6. How do I set off explosives?

7. How do I keep from being killed when I load the hole?

8. Do I need a license for transportation? Storage? Use?

9. How do I get the most energy into the ground?

10. Where do I buy caps?

11. What are the USGS requirements?

12. Do I need to tie down the shot line?

13. Do I need to use a canvas to prevent fly rock?

14. What about radios, static, etc..?

15. What about lightening?

16. How do I prevent misfires?

17. How do I load the hole?

18. What records do I keep?

19. Whom do I notify before fieldwork begins?

20. How do I check out a site?

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