Fight or flight?

AS THE coal mining industry becomes ever more focused on reducing risks and increasing safety, coal companies, industry veterans and safety professionals are throwing away old rivalries and working collaboratively to share and learn from each other’s experience.

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Fight or flight?

The Fight or Flight seminar will focus on the first five hours of an underground coal mine emergency response, and how to achieve an acceptable level of risk to mine workers using self-contained breathing apparatus.


The seminar, sponsored by the Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Water, will be held in Emerald at the Western Gateway Hotel on September 18.


The seminar will include the following presentations:


Moura No. 2 and the origins of self-contained breathing apparatus in underground coal mines by Brian Lyne, Natural Resources, Mines and Water chief inspector of coal mines.


Operational experience of escape breathing apparatus in USA and Queensland by Peabody Coal’s Dave Beerbower and CFMEU industry safety and health representative Greg Dalliston.


Model for development of underground fires by Associate Professor David Cliff, University of Queensland.


Oxygen self-rescuers: international standards, testing and a demonstration of a training unit by Geoff Slater from the Department of Primary Industries New South Wales and CSE, USA president Sam Shearer.


Best practice examples of the use of emergency response breathing apparatus, including compressed air breathing apparatus by Crinum East Mine’s Andrew Clough and Newlands North Mine’s David Stone.


Recommended mine emergency response interface with Queensland Mines Rescue Service by Queensland Mines Rescue Service’s Mick Farrag.


Research into improved emergency response by Simtars’ Martin Watkinson.


The seminar is open to people who work in or provide services to underground coal mines, and will be followed by an invitation-only facilitated workshop on September 19.


Using information gained through the seminar, the facilitated workshop will involve an industry committee discussing the key issues relating to the first five hours of a mine emergency response and develop possible technical and operational improvements.


Look out on International Longwall News later this month for an overview of the seminar presentations and workshop outcomes.


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