Quarry Worker killed in Explosives Blast

By HSE East Africa | Tuesday Feb 19, 2019

A middle aged man who was setting up explosives used to blow stones at one of the largest quarries in Naivasha died after the explosives went off. 

According to witness accounts, the explosive accidentally went off as it was being set up, killing the middle aged man on the spot as others scampered for safety. An eye witness recounted the incident, saying that here was a loud bang and the deceased was cut into pieces and died on the spot due to the impact of the explosive.

The incident brought business to a standstill at the Kinamba quarry located off the Naivasha-Kirima road. Police moved in and ferried the remains to Naivasha sub-county hospital mortuary as emotions ran high among relatives and tens of the workers at the quarry.

What may have triggered the explosive to blow off remains unclear in what is reported to be the first incident in the area.

The incident however raises questions on compliance to Occupational Safety and Health Act as well as the Explosives Act.  It also comes barely two weeks after another man was crushed to death by a boulder in a quarry at Maraigushu area in Naivasha.


Source: The Standard


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