There are thousands of tunnels in the UK and hundreds of tunnel workers operating in sectors such as gas, oil, utilities, transport, and underground construction. There are similar and industry-specific safety risks, so tunnelling workers must be prepared to encounter a wide range of potential hazards.
To ensure your workers can embark safely on tunnelling projects, it is essential to assess the risks, identify the nature of hazards, and determine the likelihood of the risk. You can control many risks by implementing effective control measures. After implementation, you should review control measures to ensure they are working, and staff are following the guidelines you implement.
It is recommended that workers carry out training on tunnelling safety. In the UK, there are two excellent training courses.
TEEP (Tunnel Entry and Emergency Procedures) is a one-day course that is City and Guilds accredited and designed for those working in tunnels and shafts. The course covers a range of tunnelling topics, including using equipment such as respirators and self-rescue tools.
TSTS (Tunnel Safety Training Scheme) is a one day course that is CITB Site Safety Plus accredited. It encompasses safety issues surrounding tunnel entry, construction, operations, plant equipment, and emergency arrangements.
As part of your best practices, you should ensure new workers are aware of general and specific health and safety rules, regulations, and processes. They should be aware of hazards, including fire, oxygen deficiency, and structural collapse.
With an understanding of the underground environment and safe working procedures, workers can be an integral part of preventing illnesses and injuries.
ePowerTrucks create custom-built electric vehicles for use in tunnelling environments. The vehicles have solid construction and high performance with models meeting EU directives for category M2 underground activity, inside and not inside coal mines.
Manufactured from the best components from the UK, Europe, and North America, our electric trucks meet the highest safety standards. Our tunnelling vehicles can transport workers up and down the tunnel and have various load and tow capacities.
Tunnel inspection vehicles can be used to conduct essential maintenance and refurbishment work. They are silent, running costs are low, and they produce no fumes or gasses. We also design tunnel vehicles that are explosion-proof and avoid ignition risks in hazardous environments. For hot or cold environments, cabs can be equipped with air-conditioning or heating systems.
From logistics to first aid and surveillance, ePowerTruck has a solution that will help your workers carry out their duties efficiently and safely. Contact us for more information.