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OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT

Bootleg – Definition

Topic: Bootleg – Definition Issued by: V.P.,WorkSafe Services
Statute: Regulation 91-191 Date Issued: January 17, 2001
Section: 2 Date Revised:

“Bootleg” means a remnant of a blast-hole that has been charged and fired and that has been determined not to contain any explosive after a charge has been fired;

Question:
Does the definition of “bootleg” include the side wall of the blast hole that is completely exposed by the blast?

Answer:
The purpose of the definition is to protect workers from the dangers of working near explosives following a blast. Since the sidewall of a blast hole that remains on the side, ceiling or floor of the blast area is completely exposed, not likely to contain explosives, and easily inspected, a bootleg is the end portion of a drilled hole that remains on the drilling face when the blast does not break the rock completely to the end of the drilled limit of the hole. A bootleg is not the remnant of the sidewall where the blast has occurred.

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