Monday, July 17, 2017

1929 - MAN KILLED WHILE BLASTING LEDGE IN ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

 Sept. 10, 1929
Dennis Doonan, dynamite man for the Mccabe Company, was fatally injured on the project on 10 Sept. 1929.  Doonan had been anxious to complete the drilling and blasting on a ledge face near the lower end of the road, and asked two employees to work overtime on the drilling.  As one of the men, Jean Lipscomb, was drilling a hole, the drill steel snapped off.  When he removed it from the hole, he found it very hot and showed it to Doonan.  Although he had had thirty years of experience in blasting work, Doonan disregarded the overheated steel, and proceeded to load the hole with a charge.  He placed two sticks of dynamite in the hole and tamped them down.  Nothing happened, but when he added a third stick with an electric blasting cap, the charge exploded, injuring doodan so badly that he died in the hospital the following morning.  The tragedy, did not, however, seriously delay the project.

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