Occupational Hazards

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These days, I spend a fair amount of time sitting at a desk staring at a screen.  Poor posture, bad eye sight, not enough breaks, and too many tasks that involve a computer are occupational hazards I should worry about, but often times, friends and family are more concerned with the dangers of travel, exploding rocks, working in remote locations, or health issues that come with cold, dry environments.  The photograph above shows our porters shielding themselves from the blast that JR (orange shirt) is about to cause by setting off a charge with a nail and hammer.  This procedure is how we sample many of our rocks, and I’ve witnessed a tiny piece of rock shrapnel slice a colleague’s thumb that resulted in stitches.  Time for a walk…safety first.

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