Two federal citations issued to A-1 Drilling & Blasting for quarry incident

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has issued two citations to A-1 Drilling & Blasting following a blast at the Rawson Materials quarry which injured two workers and damaged nearby buildings.

According to a report by The Westerly Sun, Amy Louviere, a spokeswoman for MSHA, says: the company was cited for failing “to remove persons from the blast area prior to conducting a scheduled blast. In addition, the company failed to warn all persons to be evacuated from the blast area before the scheduled explosion.”

“Potential monetary penalties have not yet been issued,” Louviere adds.

The town workers were injured when chunks of granite flew through the rear window of the vehicle. Pieces of granite also smashed through the roofs of two buildings close to where the blast took place.

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