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Ddasaccident132, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database Dec 1997

Ddasaccident132, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database

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The investigators determined that the victim was investigating a reading in a pile of soil deposited by the back-hoe when the mine went off. The investigators reported that the victim claimed to have been using a bayonet but that his lack of injury made them think this unlikely.


Ddasaccident134, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database Dec 1997

Ddasaccident134, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database

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The investigators determined that Victim No.1 was investigating a pile of spoil deposited by the back-hoe when he got a continuous detector reading and started excavating with a long handled shovel. He detonated a mine. The mine was identified as a PMN (by "found fragments").


Ddasaccident133, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database Dec 1997

Ddasaccident133, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database

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The investigators decided that the victim got a detector reading and investigated it but found nothing. He checked with the detector and still got a reading, so squatted to prod thinking it was a fragment. The device which exploded was assumed to be an MUV fuze because of the presence of POMZ fragments in that minefield.


Ddasaccident135, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database Dec 1997

Ddasaccident135, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database

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The investigators decided that the victim found a detector reading, marked it, and started to excavate with a pick – contravening a UN MAC directive to stop using a pick for excavation. The mine was identified as a PMN (from "found fragments").


Ddasaccident136, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database Dec 1997

Ddasaccident136, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database

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No investigation on behalf of the UN MAC was made available. An initial letter informing the UN MAC of the accident was found. The following summarises its content.


Ddasaccident054, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database Nov 1997

Ddasaccident054, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database

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The team started work at 07:30 and was working in a crater on the road when the accident occurred at 10:30. The soil in the crater was "a friable sandy clay" that allowed detectors to be used. There was a UXO (specified only as "rocket") lying against the side of the crater. The team had cleared and marked two one metre wide lanes across the large crater. Shortly before the accident Victim No.1 was seen to raise and re-tune his Ebinger detector. Victim No.2 was 25 metres away but reported that he heard Victim No.1 ...


Ddasaccident116, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database Nov 1997

Ddasaccident116, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database

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The accident occurred at 11:15 in an area that was undulating and steep with dry earth and rock. The victim was investigating a detector reading with a prodder when the mine exploded. He suffered minor blast injuries to his chin and small fragment injuries to his right hand, his right thigh and knee joint. His helmet and visor took most of the blast. The victim was blown back and rolled several metres down a slope. He was evacuated, with two deminers of the same blood group, to the "Emergency" Hospital.


Ddasaccident140, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database Oct 1997

Ddasaccident140, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database

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The investigators decided that the victim was working with the detector and got a reading. He placed one mark and squatted to prod without wearing his helmet correctly. His bayonet was “destroyed” in the accident.


Ddasaccident141, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database Oct 1997

Ddasaccident141, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database

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The investigators determined that the victim had got a detector reading, marked it and then started to excavate using a shovel and without wearing his helmet and visor. They said that during the investigation people pretended the victim has been marking the cleared area when the accident occurred but in the original accident report it was mentioned that the accident occurred during prodding – the investigators decided that "this is their pretext to confuse investigation".


Ddasaccident143, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database Oct 1997

Ddasaccident143, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database

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The investigators determined that a dog had indicated a reading and Victim No.1 used his detector at the site and got two readings 35cm apart. He marked one of the indications and uncovered a MK 7 AT mine. Thinking that the second reading must be a fragment, he began investigating it carelessly and detonated the mine. His bayonet was "lost".


Ddasaccident145, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database Oct 1997

Ddasaccident145, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database

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The investigators found that "the ground was suitable for prodding in a prone position, but the victim was performing prodding in the squatting position. During prodding he failed to maintain the correct prodding angle and applied excessive pressure on the mine…it is presumed that the locator of the victim might not have been working properly…" The deminer's visor and glove were damaged, and his bayonet was reported to have been "lost".


Ddasaccident146, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database Sep 1997

Ddasaccident146, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database

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The investigators said that, "When the deminer registered a reading on the detector, he marked the reading and then started prodding in half prone/squatting position. After a few minutes prodding he approached the second marker and the mine went off".


Ddasaccident147, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database Sep 1997

Ddasaccident147, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database

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The investigators determined that the accident occurred when the deminer used only one marking stone to mark a detector signal, then prodded in a squatting position which "failed him to maintain the correct prodding angle". It is suggested that he was careless because he thought he had detected a fragment (having detected many fragments immediately beforehand).


Ddasaccident138, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database Sep 1997

Ddasaccident138, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database

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The accident area was undulating and steep with dry earth and rock. The team had found "many" PMNs in the area prior to the accident. The deminer was clearing a safe-lane and was using a prodder to inspect a reading when a PMN exploded at 11:20. He suffered minor blast injuries to his neck and chin as well as small injuries to both hands in the dorsal area and his right shoulder. His visor and helmet took most of the blast. The victim walked out of the accident area and was taken to the Emergency hospital in Sulymania along ...


Ddasaccident150, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database Sep 1997

Ddasaccident150, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database

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The investigators determined that the victim investigated a signal and found part of the handle of a metal spoon. When checking the spot again, the detector signalled again and the deminer did not re-mark the signal properly because he thought the signal would be from the rest of the spoon. He prodded in a squatting position and initiated the mine with his bayonet – which was "destroyed".


Ddasaccident237, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database Sep 1997

Ddasaccident237, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database

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The document stated that the victim had been recently trained by the group he was working with. He was working in an area known to contain PMA-1 and PMA-3 mines. He was not wearing a helmet and visor and was prodding for mines. He was prodding with "a vertical stabbing motion" when he detonated a PMA-3.


Ddasaccident152, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database Aug 1997

Ddasaccident152, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database

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The investigators determined that the victim was clearing a breaching lane. He got a detector reading, marked it with a single stone, and began to prod in a squatting position. During prodding he initiated the mine. The victim was wearing a helmet and visor.


Ddasaccident153, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database Aug 1997

Ddasaccident153, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database

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The investigators decided that the victim had got a reading with his detector and investigated it but found nothing. He swept the area again and still got a reading, so without remarking the spot, he squatted to prod again [presumed to have been wearing his helmet and visor].


Ddasaccident154, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database Aug 1997

Ddasaccident154, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database

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The investigators decided that the two victims were assigned a breaching lane to clear. Victim No.1 was eager to finish investigating a signal when a rest period was announced, so hurried and used excessive force. Victim No.2: was not maintaining the safety distance required and was also injured.


Ddasaccident012, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database Aug 1997

Ddasaccident012, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database

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The victim had last attended a revision course seven months before and had last been on leave eight days before the accident. The accident occurred on ground described as soft agricultural land. A photograph showed the ground which appeared to be dust on top of compacted fine-silt.


Ddasaccident157, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database Aug 1997

Ddasaccident157, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database

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The investigators determined that the victim was working in a “small garden”. His detector registered a signal and he prodded and located a fragment. He checked the area with the detector and it signalled again, so he prodded the same area and the mine initiated. The deminer's helmet and bayonet prodder were "destroyed". A photograph showed that the visor has been torn from the helmet on one side.


Ddasaccident156, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database Aug 1997

Ddasaccident156, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database

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The investigators determined that the victim used his detector over the two meter clearance lane he was working. He then put on an anti-fragment jacket and a helmet to start prodding. During the prodding he "made mistake by inserting excessive pressure on the top of the mine…"


Ddasaccident056, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database Jul 1997

Ddasaccident056, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database

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Two witnesses "who at this stage were only one metre from the deminer" described his attempts at excavation as "futile" because the ground was too hard. The victim used water to try to soften the ground but this did not help. He excavated for about eight minutes before the detonation occurred at 08:15. The blast was "within half a metre of his body". The victim received injuries to his face "and may well lose his sight… his right forearm was later amputated….his right leg has fragmentation injuries". The victim was wearing a "fragmentation vest" and a visor (both ...


Ddasaccident084, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database Jul 1997

Ddasaccident084, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database

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The investigators determined that the victim was clearing the side of a small stream when he got a detector signal and marked it, then prodded but could not find anything. He checked the reading but did not "remark" it and started to prod again. The mine detonated. The victim's visor shattered into many shards in the blast (as shown in a photograph). His bayonet had a bent blade and the handle had broken up.


Ddasaccident085, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database Jun 1997

Ddasaccident085, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database

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The investigators determined that the victim's detector was reading constantly so he was excavating with a shovel without having marked any suspicious points. He was prodding with a bayonet to loosen the soil, then removing it with the shovel. His shovel was "destroyed/lost" in the accident.


Ddasaccident086, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database Jun 1997

Ddasaccident086, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database

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The investigators determined that the victim had investigated a reading in the squatting position with a prod. He was not "wearing his helmet properly". They identified the mine as a PMN (from "found fragments") and recorded that the victim's helmet and bayonet were "destroyed".


Ddasaccident088, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database Jun 1997

Ddasaccident088, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database

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The investigators determined that, after a dog had signalled at a spot, the deminer located a signal with a detector and marked it, then started digging with a pick. His partner warning him to change to a bayonet at the second marker but he ignored the warning. He dug up to the third marker with the pick, so struck the mine. His pick was "destroyed".


Ddasaccident101, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database Jun 1997

Ddasaccident101, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database

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The investigators determined that the victim thought a detector reading was a fragment and was careless when prodding. The mine was identified as a PMN (from "found fragments/pieces"). The victim's bayonet was "lost" and his helmet damaged.


Ddasaccident089, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database Jun 1997

Ddasaccident089, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database

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The investigators determined that the victim was prodding with a bayonet in the squatting position, but was not wearing a frag-vest. He was wearing his helmet when he prodded onto a PMN mine. The victim's bayonet was "lost" and the helmet damaged.


Ddasaccident090, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database Jun 1997

Ddasaccident090, Humanitarian Demining Accident And Incident Database

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The investigators determined that the victim was working in a bushy clearance lane with continuous detector readings. Because of the continuous reading, he was digging all of the area and prodded with excessive force and let off a PMN. They identified the device by "found fragments". The victim believing that he had touched a tripwire with his bayonet.