database heading and pictures of mines

The record of accidents in Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA)

Now issuing Independent Certificates of industry H&S compliance

Suggested training uses and related accident reports

Including Records separated by year, since 2005

Update 2015

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, 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 and that many demining professionals would gain from studying accident data. 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.


This site is an independent asset. The Database of Demining Accidents (DDAS) has been supported by UNMAS (by the occasional provision of data) but not controlled by any specific actor in the HMA scene.

This website allows you to read accident reports and to download a range of documents related to accidents in humanitarian demining.

Thanks to those who have written supporting this effort and, especially to those who have made incident/accident reports available. The source of accident records is not recorded or revealed unless expressly permitted.

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.

Records by year, since 2005
All accident records
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




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