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Water blaster gun

Exploding tool sends worker to emergency room

An employee became hospitalised after hired equipment detonated during use. An operator required urgent medical attention after his trailerised water blaster exploded. The force was so great he lost...

Underground rock fall

Rockfall hospitalises mine worker despite wearing PPE

Headwear likely prevented an underground fatality but one employee still required urgent medical attention. A blasting worker recently became hospitalised after multiple rocks fell about 3.5 metres...

Pike River Mine recovery

Authority abandons mine blast victim recovery

A federal agency gave up on removing remains of dozens of workers who died in an underground mining explosion. The Pike River Recovery Agency was officially disbanded on 31 March 2022, and the New...

Millenium and Mavis Downs mine explosion

Footage shows coal mine blasting in slow motion

An integrated resources company caught a controlled explosion on camera at one of its Central Queensland coal operations. M Mining released impressive, first-blast footage of a new pit under...

Syama Mine

Fully wireless blasting system starts at Syama mine

Today marks a significant milestone for the Resolute and Orica partnership with the commencement of production blasting at the Syama mine in Mali using WebGen™, the world’s first fully wireless...

how fragmentation analysis can reduce energy costs for blasting.

Drilling down to the details of fragmentation

Mining promises few guarantees, but a reduced ore yield is a certainty if errors are made at any stage of the complex, multi-layered drill and blast process. The potential for wasted energy, time...

Blast Movement Technologies

The safer solution to post-blast monitoring

A leader in post-blast ore location and recovery, Blast Movement Technologies (BMT), part of Hexagon, released FED 2.0. This specially fitted UAV offers a safer, more expedient solution to post-blast...

blasting incident

Dangerous blasting incident at open cut coal mine

The NSW Resources Regulator has reported a dangerous blasting incident at an open cut coal mine. According to the report, when blasting overburden, fly rock has been ejected beyond the exclusion zone...

AMSJ April 2022