Why is tyre management important?
Working with tyres for heavy vehicles is potentially dangerous because of their large size and mass, the magnitude of air or gas pressures, and presence of combustible materials. The uncontrolled release of stored energy can have serious, even fatal, consequences.
Risk management approach
Mine operators should adopt a risk management approach to develop a documented tyre management plan that is current and specific to site, with appropriate controls to manage the risks. Three main elements should be considered:
- fit-for-purpose equipment - safety-in-design, adequate capacity, well maintained
- competent people - training, knowledge, experience, assessment, fitness for work
- safe systems of work - adequate procedures, information and instructions, record keeping.
Refer the Tyre safety, fires and explosions - guideline below.
Further information: A new guideline, Tyre safety for earth-moving machinery on Western Australia mining operations – guideline, will be available shortly to assist in the management, operation and maintenance of a rubber-tyred heavy vehicle fleet.
Below is the list of links that you may find useful.
TYREgate is a risk management tool within MIRMgate. It provides information to assist with decision making regarding earthmover tyres and rims.