Next Article in Journal
Transmission X-ray Microscopy—A New Tool in Clay Mineral Floccules Characterization
Previous Article in Journal
An Overview of Optimizing Strategies for Flotation Banks
Previous Article in Special Issue
Psycho-Social Issues in Mine Emergencies: The Impact on the Individual, the Organization and the Community
Minerals 2012, 2(4), 272-282; doi:10.3390/min2040272
Article

EDEEP—An Innovative Process for Improving the Safety of Mining Equipment

1,* , 2
,
1
 and
1
Received: 10 September 2012 / Revised: 21 September 2012 / Accepted: 25 September 2012 / Published: 15 October 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Safety & Health in Mining)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [455 KB, 19 October 2012; original version 15 October 2012]   |   Browse Figures

Abstract

Fifteen multi-national mining companies are currently members of the Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table (EMESRT). Formed in 2006, EMESRT engages with mining equipment manufacturers with the aim of accelerating improvements in the safe design of mining equipment. An initial stage in this process was to communicate industry understanding of the risks in the form of “design philosophies” that describe potential unwanted events in eight hazard categories. A technique for analysing risks associated with operation and maintenance tasks, the Operability and Maintainability Analysis Technique (OMAT), was subsequently developed and trialed. The next step is the EMESRT Design Evaluation for Equipment Procurement (EDEEP) process. The aims of requesting manufacturers to follow this process are to provide equipment purchasers with a common way of assessing how well the issues in the EMESRT Design Philosophies are addressed in the equipment design; and to provide manufacturers with additional information for use during equipment design. The process involves identifying priority tasks based on frequency and severity of the consequences of potential unwanted events identified in the EMESRT Design Philosophies; undertaking a task-based risk assessment of priority tasks in conjunction with site-based personnel; evaluating the effectiveness of control measures; and providing information about safe design features in a standardised format.
Keywords: equipment design; risk assessment; safe design; injury prevention equipment design; risk assessment; safe design; injury prevention
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Supplements

Share & Cite This Article

Further Mendeley | CiteULike
Export to BibTeX |
EndNote
MDPI and ACS Style

Burgess-Limerick, R.; Joy, J.; Cooke, T.; Horberry, T. EDEEP—An Innovative Process for Improving the Safety of Mining Equipment. Minerals 2012, 2, 272-282.

View more citation formats

Article Metrics

For more information on the journal, click here

Comments

Cited By

[Return to top]
Minerals EISSN 2075-163X Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert