database heading and pictures of mines

The record of accidents in Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA)

(These accidents have occurred during non-conflict or post-conflict demining activities
ranging from survey to post clearance Quality Control checks.)

On request, I am giving Independent Certificates of industry H&S compliance when appropriate,

Suggested training uses and related accident reports

Including Records separated by year


Most databases contain summaries of data that has either been simplified or manipulated (or both). In my experience, the worst data is recorded as a tick-box summary made by a clerk who does not understand the material being summarised. In Humanitarian demining, the IMSMA accident records are an example of saving simplified and incomplete data for no apparent purpose other than to say that a record has been made. No one has ever been able to rely on IMSMA accident data to draw reliable and informed conclusions.

The Database of Demining Accidents is older and far more detailed than the IMSMA accident records. Whenever possible, it contains the original accident reports, photographs, statements and documents related to each accident. This website gives you access to the complete records in separately compiled "Reports". The only data excluded are the names of Victims, witnesses, Demining agencies and the investigators involved. Although each record has a search-summary at the start, these records include the original reports, (including errors and inconsistencies expressed in the investigator's own words) so that you do not have to rely on a summary. Each record ends with a brief "Analysis". This is intended to put the record in context and explain the "causes" that have been noted for the accident in the summary.

Accurate accident records should be kept in order to study them and learn how to avoid making the same mistakes in future. The fact that the most common causes of accidents recur repeatedly implies that lessons are not learned. Many demining professionals have written thanking me for giving them the chance to study accident data that is not available elsewhere. Some of the more obvious lessons that can be derived are apparent in the training section of this site.

Email me at avs(at) if you have questions or an "accident search" that you want made. If you want the details of a particular accident, ask me and I will try to find it for you.

Click here to open a sample Accident report, and here for an "interesting" report that has been recently updated.


This site is an independent asset. It is designed to allow you to read accident reports and to download a range of documents related to accidents in non-conflict or post-conflict demining. Names are reoved from the reports but they are not censored or selected to fit any bias. No reports are added based on anecdote or hearsay. For this reason, very few records describe accidents involving serving military personnel because those accident reports are rarely made public.

Thanks to those who have written supporting this effort and, especially to those who have made incident or accident reports available. The privacy of individuals who make accident records avalable is always respected.

Mines and ERW featured in accidents

Protective equipment may reduce injury but
avoiding accidents is the only way
to prevent injury.

For general information about Humanitarian Mine Action, click HERE.






Providing examples of how not to do things can be a useful training aid, especially when the consequences are severe, and the example is real. Click on the link below to see some...

Suggested training uses
and related accident reports

...the records used as examples may also be of use to researchers.

All accident records
Records by year, since 2005
Records sorted by activity
Records sorted by country
Record "notes"
Accidents or incidents?
Sending accident reports

Accidents involving submunitions

Questions and answers
See also Comment

Papers on the database and related issues
The DDAS as a driving force in HMA



2005-2016 DDIV/DDAS, Andy Smith, AVS, Mine Action Specialist, UK