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DDAS: Working Prone?

Database of Demining Accidents, DDAS

Abstract

QUESTION: Isn't it safest for a deminer to work in a prone position?

ANSWER: Differences of opinion over the safest position in which to excavate a detector reading do exist. Most groups are flexible, allowing deminers to lie down if they want to - and sometimes requiring that they lie down if working on steep slopes (demining on slopes is always supposed to be done uphill). This last is to improve stability. That said, the vast majority (99.9%) of demining excavations are made from a kneeling/squatting position.