|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;
Does the definition of “bootleg” include the side wall of the blast hole that is completely exposed by the blast?
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.