Improving emergency management in underground coal mines

Cliff, David and Grieves, John (2010). Improving emergency management in underground coal mines. In: Naj Aziz, Proceedings of the 10th Underground Coal Operators’ Conference. 10th Underground Coal Operators’ Conference, Wollongong, N.S.W., Australia, (281-287). 11-12 February 2010.

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Author Cliff, David
Grieves, John
Title of paper Improving emergency management in underground coal mines
Conference name 10th Underground Coal Operators’ Conference
Conference location Wollongong, N.S.W., Australia
Conference dates 11-12 February 2010
Convener Naj Aziz
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 10th Underground Coal Operators’ Conference
Place of Publication Wollongong, N. S. W., Australia
Publisher University of Wollongong and the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Fully published paper
Editor Naj Aziz
Start page 281
End page 287
Total pages 7
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The findings of ACARP funded research project C17008 - Optimising the collection of information for effective use in the event of an emergency at an underground coal mine is reported. The aim of this ACARP funded research project was to identify ways of optimising the information collection and reporting processes used in emergencies in underground coal mines to ensure rapid and effective response, minimising the risk to life. This was to be achieved through evaluating the current emergency management systems at mines, identifying good practice and also areas that needed improvement. There were three areas of focus for the project: the control room, senior mine official on site and the incident management area. The control room in particular is a key area where accurate information is required during an incident especially in the early stages until a senior mine official can take charge. The control room remains the first point of contact during an incident for most personnel. Speedy evacuation and in seam response is predicated upon knowing what is happening and where everyone is located. A number of mines in NSW and Queensland were visited and their emergency management systems were analysed. In Queensland this was undertaken as part of the involvement in the level one emergency response exercises (LOERS).
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