Drilling/Blasting

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Make sure employees have been given training on your company's machine safety and lock-out/tag-out policies and procedures.

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Workers who do drilling work, such as locating water sources for wells and installing fence posts, utility poles, and pilings, or for those who do blasting work for new roads, demolition, and rock removal can be exposed to serious hazards such as the following:

  • Entanglement in moving mechanical parts (unguarded augers).
  • Explosions (misfires, gas pockets).
  • Flying debris and materials.
  • Loud noise.

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  • Falls.
  • Lead
  • Moving vehicles and equipment (cars, trucks, other heavy equipment).
  • Outdoor heat.
  • Powerlines.
  • Silica dust.
  • Slips trips and falls.
  • Sprains and strains.
  • Toxic fumes.
  • Underground utilities.

These hazards can lead to serious injuries or even death.

If you manufacture, sell, purchase, store, or blast with explosives, you will need a Washington State explosives license. For more information, please visit L&I's explosive licensing and registration page.

Information provided in this topic page can help employers and employees identify and evaluate existing or unforeseen safety and health hazards and provide resources to help with training, prevention methods, and the development and implementation of a required written safety and health accident prevention program (APP).

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