Optimising the use of an incident management system in coal mining emergencies

Fuller, Ruth, Cliff, David and Horberry, Tim (2012). Optimising the use of an incident management system in coal mining emergencies. In: Earth: Fire and rain: Disaster and Emergency Management Conference proceedings. Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference, Brisbane, Qld., Australia, (166-176). 16 – 18 April 2012.

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Author Fuller, Ruth
Cliff, David
Horberry, Tim
Title of paper Optimising the use of an incident management system in coal mining emergencies
Conference name Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference
Conference location Brisbane, Qld., Australia
Conference dates 16 – 18 April 2012
Proceedings title Earth: Fire and rain: Disaster and Emergency Management Conference proceedings
Place of Publication Nerang, Qld., Australia
Publisher AST Management
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISBN 9780980814743
Start page 166
End page 176
Total pages 10
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract/Summary This paper presents ongoing research examining the application and performance of the Mining Emergency Management System (MEMS). The MEMS is an industry specific variant of the Australian Inter-service Incident Management System and is used during emergencies at underground coal mines in Queensland (Queensland Mines Rescue Service, 2009). Since its introduction in 2005, its utility has been assessed during annual Queensland mine emergency exercises. These exercises are realistic emergency simulations staged at a host mine and involve input from various state authorities. Each year, independent assessors observe the exercise and make recommendations to improve overall emergency management performance. Despite the introduction of the MEMS, the recommendations have remained largely the same each year, indicating that the MEMS is possibly not sufficient on its own to optimise emergency management performance. This research proposes that focusing on relevant non-technical skills, via the development and application of a mining industry Crew Resource Management (CRM) style program, may improve performance.
Keyword Mining
Incident control
Crew Resource Management
CRM
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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Created: Thu, 15 Nov 2012, 11:34:07 EST by Dr Tim Horberry on behalf of Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre