Blackjack, Buffets, and Blasting: Talking Blasting Claims in Las Vegas

An emerging source of claims focuses on blasting as part of construction projects. Earlier this week in Las Vegas, the International Society of Explosive Engineers held its 42nd Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique, the world’s largest conference on explosives engineering. I was delighted to present my paper entitled “Blasting Claims 101: An Introduction to the Defense of Claims.”

While a necessary part of many construction projects, entities that are involved in the use of explosives are all too familiar with owners claiming damages caused by blasting. Many times, one blast can result in multiple lawsuits costing a company thousands of dollars. The owner’s claim might be entirely without merit; however, such may not stop the owner from retaining counsel and pursuing the claim.

With that in mind it was beneficial for those attending the conference to understand the basics of defending against blasting claims, including the causes of action asserted by plaintiffs, the experts necessary to defend the case, the actions taken by those experts, and the major defenses asserted by blasting contractors.

Over the next several weeks, I will highlight the main topics in a series of blog posts. Be on the lookout for the first post, where we will discuss the potential costs of a blasting claim. Until then, I’ll leave you with these photos from the conference. Viva Las Vegas!

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