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DDAS, 1997, Angola, vegetation removal
The victim began work at 07:00 and had worked with a ten minute break each hour until 12:34 when the accident occurred. The method involved excavating "to a depth of 20cm using a sideways sweeping motion" with the hoe [pick]. He had found one mine that morning and as he worked forward he encountered a rock ledge at only 5cm depth. He uncovered the rock for three metres until the ledge ended. At the edge of the rock was a tree root that the deminer tried to cut with the hoe. Either the movement of the tree root initiated the mine that was beside the edge of the rock or his hoe slipped and he initiated a PPM-2 with it. He was thrown backward two metres and his visor flew forward 1.5 metres. He landed on his back and had "no recollection of the blast". He stood up and started to collect his tools. He was "obviously confused". The paramedic led him to the medical post.