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DDAS, 2009, Afghanistan, excavation, AP


On 21 July 2009 while deminer [the Victim] was working in his clearance lane, investigating a detected signal with his hand trowel, he hit a mine on its top and caused it to go off. The weather was hot and the ground surface was hard and dry, so it seems that the deminer had used his excavation tool by force and carelessly and directly on pinpointed spot so touched the top of mine and caused the accident. As the deminer was dressed with PPE (vest, helmet and visor according to [Demining group] SOPs), so his face, neck and chest remained safe. As he was working in squatting position, so his both legs were injured and also he got fracture to his right hand fingers. The injuries to both legs of deminer were preventable if the apron or lower limbs covering PPE was used.



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