Remote and isolated work involves individuals undertaking unsupervised work or working in an isolated area. Includes any incident where time for response (including medical assistance) is increased due to the isolated location. Personnel conducting remote work may include exploration crews (drillers, geologists), surveyors, shot firers, supervisors and environmental specialists, third party contractors (electrical personnel, fitters).
To ensure coal mine workers remain safe prior to, during and following remote or isolated work.
Remote or Isolated Work
GRM-PRO-0005 GRM PRO Remote or Isolated Work Procedure
Ensure task planning and preparation considers the risks and controls for workers in remote or isolated locations.
Ensure adequate preparations have been made prior to sending worker/s to remote or isolated locations.
Identify at-risk work groups with remote/isolated work:
Interview the Supervisor to ensure knowledge of remote and isolated work procedure.
Does the Supervisor have and understanding of the remote and isolated work procedure?
Can the Supervisor demonstrate how remote/isolated work fronts are identified and managed (check responses against the Remote or Isolated Work Procedure)?
Does the workgroup plan to communicate their movements?
Have isolated/remote hazards and emergency response plans been considered?
Is the remote/isolated work group adequately resourced for the task and it's duration, such as;
Do they have adequate supplies of water?
Do they have hand-held radio with spare batteries for when leaving the vehicle?
Do they have a remote work first aid kit (including snake bite kit) and portable eye wash kit?
Do they have adequate lighting (e.g. lighting plant) for any possible night time work?
Has a map of the identified work front been supplied to Mine Control?
Ensure communication systems and CMW / Control Room operator knowledge of communication requirements for the management of CMW's in remote or isolated work areas.
Interview Mine Controller to ensure knowledge of remote and isolated work procedure.
Does Mine Controller have an understanding of the remote and isolated work procedure?
Can the Mine Controller demonstrate how workers at remote/isolated work fronts communicate their location (check responses against the Remote or Isolated Work Procedure)?
Can the Mine Controller produce the Remote Persons Entering Isolated Area Record Book?
Can the Mine Controller describe the timing requirements for remote/isolated work areas to call-up the control room?
Can the Mine Controller produce a system to know when an alert should be raised in the event an expected call has not been received?
Can the Mine Controller describe the process to follow if an expected call has not been received?