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Hazard Related Topics

Tunnelling as an operation has particular health and safety hazards associated with it over and above issues addressed by other sections of this audit. The magnitude of the tunnelling operation will determine the particular hazards likely to be encountered and for major schemes specialist advice must be sought.

Issues common to all tunnelling operations include:

  • Nature of the ground through which the tunnelling operation will be carried out
  • Confined spaces
  • Ventilation and need for respiratory equipment
  • Handling and operating tunnel machinery
  • Methods and procedures for gaining access for personnel, materials and plant
  • Stability of surface features and structures
  • Emergency procedures

See Also

  • BS 6164:2001 - Code of practice for safety in tunnelling in the construction industry