The handling and use of explosives is on of the highest risk contracting activities, second only to HAZMAT. Permitting and explosive user certificates are generally required as well as surety bonds. The City of Milford Connecticut regulate blasting activity. Permit holders are required to file a blasting permit bond. Many surety companies have no appetite for this class of bond so it's important to work with an undewriter that has an expertise in blasting operations and a willingness to underwrite the obligations. A Milford blasting operator bond generally guarantees the following:
Pursuant to Town Code, Sec. 7-67 [Ord. of 11-13-1972, §§ 2, 8], "No person shall purchase, transport or use explosives before a permit therefor is obtained. In case the permit is to encompass blasting, the permit must be obtained by the person who is to do the actual blasting or if subcontracted, then the subcontractor must secure the permit and comply with the ordinance." Sec. 7-69 [Ord. of 11-13-1972, § 3] addresses the surety bond requirement. "The applicant for a permit for the use of explosives in the City of Millford must file a blasting bond in the amount of five thousand dollars ($5,000). The blasting ond will cover all permits issued to the applicant for the duration of the permit. The bond must be in the possession of the Fire Marshal before the permit will be issued."
Explosive contractors must also generally register with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) and possess the appropriate warehousing and user certificates. Per the BATF, the Federal Explosives Licensing Center must receive a candidate's fingerprints and application, then will accomplish a background check on all “responsible persons” identified on the application. A field office supervisor will assign an Industry Operations Investigator (IOI) to conduct a face-to-face qualification inspection, before issuance. There are prior notification and specific insurance requirements in addition to the blasting bond. You may view them on the City's ordinance page.
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