Management of health and safety in tunnelling: application of Australian coal mining knowledge

Kirsch, P., Kirsch, A., Marling, G., Harris, J., Calderon, A., Shi, M. and Sprott, D. (2014). Management of health and safety in tunnelling: application of Australian coal mining knowledge. In: Proceedings 15th Australasian Tunnelling Conference 2014. 15th Australasian Tunnelling Conference 2014, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (563-571). 17-19 September 2014.

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Author Kirsch, P.
Kirsch, A.
Marling, G.
Harris, J.
Calderon, A.
Shi, M.
Sprott, D.
Title of paper Management of health and safety in tunnelling: application of Australian coal mining knowledge
Conference name 15th Australasian Tunnelling Conference 2014
Conference location Sydney, NSW, Australia
Conference dates 17-19 September 2014
Convener AusIMM
Proceedings title Proceedings 15th Australasian Tunnelling Conference 2014
Place of Publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (The AusIMM)
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9781925100150
Start page 563
End page 571
Total pages 9
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Large-scale infrastructure construction needs to comprehensively manage risks that can impact the health and well-being of many people, from workers (temporary, contracted or full time), to families and surrounding communities. This paper starts with an analysis of incidents (injury, fatality, other damage) in tunnel construction between 2000 and 2014 and assesses the distribution of these events by continent, year, and severity of outcomes. These incidents are then analysed and mapped to a framework of hazards derived from RISKGATE (2014). A comparative register of current tunnel construction risk management guidance is derived from current Australian codes of practice and this register is also mapped to the RISKGATE framework of hazards to identify where coal industry knowledge may offer utility to the tunnelling industry.

An initiative of the Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP), RISKGATE is an interactive online risk management system developed to assist the mining industry in implementing continual improvement in the management of major unwanted events. To date, a comprehensive knowledge base has been captured for risk management of tyres, collisions, fires, isolation, strata underground, ground control open cut, explosions, explosives, outbursts, coal bumps and bursts, human/machine interface, manual tasks, slips/trips/falls, inrush and occupational hygiene. By capturing operational knowledge from industry experts, RISKGATE provides a cumulative corporate memory at a time of high personnel turnover in the coal industry.

This paper proposes and outlines how knowledge within the RISKGATE platform could be applied to managing the significant health and safety risks associated with tunnelling. The authors suggest that to varying degrees the knowledge already captured in RISKGATE is likely to be transferable to tunnelling construction operations. Please note that this paper focuses on tunnel construction and does not address risk management of tunnels in operation (eg road transportation or utility networks).
Keyword Health and safety
Knowledge management
Risk management
Tunnel accidents
Tunnel construction
Tunnel fires
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Created: Wed, 22 Apr 2015, 21:04:31 EST by Philipp Kirsch on behalf of Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre