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Minerals 2012, 2(4), 272-282;

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

Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia
JK Tech Pty Ltd., 40 Isles Rd., Indooroopilly, Brisbane, QLD 4068, Australia
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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)
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: equipment design; risk assessment; safe design; injury prevention equipment design; risk assessment; safe design; injury prevention

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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.

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