The gateway to tyre safety

Dr Guldidar Kizil and Tilman Rasche have developed a risk management tool that aims to create reliable tyre and rim management strategies. Jessica Darnbrough writes.

In 2004, six tyre fitters were fatally injured in the Australasian region while carrying out routine mainte nance on mining vehicles.

In 2008, at least one tyre related fatal ity occurred in Australia.

These statistics prove tyre mainte nance is often a difficult, dangerous and hazardous task.

In August 2008, Dr Guldidar Kizil and Tilman Rasche launched a tyre and rim risk management decision support tool at the Queensland Mining Industry Health and safety Conference.

TYREgate provides the Australian and global mining industry with an up- to-date and complete source of informa tion about earthmover tyre and rim safety and maintenance improvements.

TYREgate allows tyre maintenance and tyre manager personnel, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and the general mining community world wide access to casual factor information and recommendations which assist in cre ating safer and more reliable earthmover tyre and rim management strategies.

The Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre (MISHC) senior research officer Dr Guldidar Kizil, the Queens land Department of Mines and Energy’s senior inspector of mines Tilman Rasche and Kling & Co’s managing director Tom Klinge developed TYREgate in response to the industry’s need for sound advice on tyre rim maintenance.

“The establishment of TYREgate rep resented collaboration between the MISHC, Department of mines and Energy and Klinge & Co,” Guldidar Kizil told Aus tralian Mining.

“To our knowledge, TYREgate is the first online searchable casual factors data base for earthmover tyre accident and incidents,” she said.

“Similar approaches have already been adopted by other high risk indus tries such as the nuclear, aviation and petrochemical sectors.”

Key features

Tilman Rasche told Australian Mining one of TYREgate’s most important ele ments was its ability to download ‘check lists’ of casual information and related industry adopted solutions.

“A mine manager can print these off and hand them to his supervisor to check if his safety management system has con sidered the hazards, which is much eas ier than having to search through a lengthy report,” he said.

TYREgate is based on publically avail able Australasian and international acci dent and incident data from both the coal and metalliferous sectors.

Previously, this information was only available in reports and had not been analysed or merged into a single resource for industry.

Rasche, a senior mines inspector with the Department of Mines and Energy, collated 20 years of accidents involving industrial tyres and rims while working at Kling & Co as their health and safety manager.

From the 130 page Kling & Co report, supported under an ACARP grant, Rasche and Kizil were able to build TYREgate, the near real time electronic casual fac tors database.

TYREgate provides a range of infor mation, potential solutions and flags opportunities that can be used to improve safety of tyre and rim maintenance.

According to Rasche and Kizil, TYRE gate’s intuitive online searching and report ing tool allows the user to find the root causes and contributing factors of an inci dent or potential incident with ‘3 clicks’ of the mouse.

The analysis results are reported in intuitive graphical form.

TYREgate offers the user a list of industry adopted actions and recomen dations published actions and recom mendations including technological advancements that can be used towards the elimination and better management of tyres and rims related hazards.

Rasche said TYREgate uses the Inci dent Cause Analysis Method (ICAM) to analyse the data.

“The ICAM methodology provides the logic towards incident and accident causation and supports the notion that most incidents and accidents are caused by a number of factors working together,” he said.

Industry support

The establishment of TYREgate is funded by the Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP).

The ACARP project supervisor Keith Smith and project industry monitor Tony Egan from Xstrata Coal both said this had been a satisfying project that had produced a usable outcome.

The Director of the MISHC Jim Joy said industry support resources such as TYRE gate represent a trend in improved knowl edge management for the industry.

“They help everyone learn better from the past and think proactively about the future,” he said.

With the near real-time record of fatali ties and potential fatal incidents with tyres and rims now completed and acces sible by the industry and public, Kizil and Rasche said they are aiming to establish a series of casual factor data bases to address major mining risks to assist the mining industry with better and more objective decision making infor mation.

“General feedback on TYREgate and specific comments on its intuitive graph ical interface and ability to provide the user with specific hazard based check lists have demonstrated the opportunity to expand the system’s methodology to other areas of safety, research and com munication,” Kizil said.

“To that end, ACARP has provided the funds for the 2009 development of ISOgate: Isolation Risk Management Decision Support Tool, a further casual factor database aiming at presentation, analysis and reporting of ‘isolation’ related accidents and incidents.

Dr Guldidar Kizil

Senior Research Officer

Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre

07 3346 4081

g.kizil@mishc.uq.edu.au

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