A team of researchers from the University of Queensland (UQ) have teamed up with a group of coal industry experts to develop an online database to deliver a ‘contemporary body of knowledge’ on managing mine site risks.


The RISKGATE program will enable coal industry personnel to better understand and control major selected incidents by providing information on event-specific controls.


RISKGATE researchers at the Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre (SMI-MISHC) within UQ's Sustainable Minerals Institute have applied the unique Bow Tie Analysis (BTA) system to improve control identification and enable miners to better consider the range of causes and consequences for selected activities. 


“At the start of this project, the coal industry identified 12 key target areas. Through our work, the project has expanded to target at least 17 areas of major risk to the industry,”UQ Associate Professor and RISKGate Project Manager Philipp Kirsch said. 


“Australian coal companies focus significant resources in managing risk. With RISKGATE, you will have the ability to bring the industries current knowledge into the room when you do a risk assessment,” Tony Egan from Xstrata Coal said on behalf of ACARP.