4.3 Reasons to control ground vibration

Blasting operations may cause excessive noise and vibrations impacts on the community. Excessive levels of structural vibration caused by ground vibration from blasting can result in damage to, or failure of, a structure. People are able to detect vibration at levels much lower than those required to cause even superficial damage to the most susceptible structures.

The criteria set out in this handbook assist in minimising annoyance, discomfort and damage that may be caused by blasting at activities such as mining, quarrying, construction and other operations which involve the use of explosives for fragmenting rock. Leading practice environmental management will minimise the likelihood of adverse effects being caused by the impact of ground-borne vibration in noise-sensitive places and among people living in or using the surrounding area.

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