Sites should have procedures (Trigger Action Response Processes/Plans) in place for heavy rain and storm situations that increase the potential for unsafe road conditions and/or lightning strike on mobile equipment.

Procedures in place for storm situations

Develop and implement a process to minimise potential for fire from lightning strikes

  • Monitor lightning activity using meteorological forecasts and other early warning detection systems
  • Lightning protection or diversion systems should be installed in accordance with appropriate standards (e.g. National Fire Protection Agency 780 2011 Standard for Installation of Lightning Protection Systems; AS/NZS 1768 2007 Lightning Protection)
  • Provide timely communications to allow sufficient time for all exposed site personnel to seek appropriate safe shelter
  • Place equipment in protected area away from fuel sources (i. stop damage; ii. Stop spread to fleet)
  • Instigate awareness training for workers that highlights the risks of lightning strikes
  • Develop a trigger action response plan (TARP) for lightning and electrical storms that outlines responses to a storm at certain distances away from the mine (e.g. a staged response depending on distance)
  • Procedure for the use and protection of explosives in known lightning conditions

Training and assessment in requirements for Vehicle Operators during storms

BI-03T.05 Lightning and Extreme Weather TARP


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