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Blasting accident causes injuries

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Blasting activities by a Nashville excavating company has injured three people. The explosion sent debris flying which struck people and buildings nearby.

The work was ordered stopped, and could not be started again until a plan of correction was approved by the state fire marshall.

Most construction accident cases are based on a negligence theory — that one of the contractors on the project was careless in doing the work.

However, the law also recognizes that some activities present dangers no matter what safety measures are taken. These are referred to as ultrahazardous activities, and blasting is one of the activities which is commonly identified as an ultrhazardous activity.

The standard for ultrahazardous activities is strict liability: if the injury resulted from the activity, the party performing the activity is liable without proof of fault or negligence.