Reducing Electrical System risk

CIM Vancouver 2006
Thomas Callaghan,
Abstract Over the past decades, the typical mining operation has greatly increased the amount of electrical equipment being used in the mining process. With the increase in equipment and in electrical infrastructure, a corresponding increase in the level of electrical system failure risk to mine operators is in evidence.

The qualified electrician due to rapidly changing electrical codes and regulations cannot maintain an up to date skill set to maintain electrical systems, thus resulting in system failures and a lack of compliance.

By implementing a full scope electrical risk management program reductions in fires of electrical origin can be expected as well as improvements in system reliability and electrical safety culture of qualified staff. A case study will be reviewed to support these conclusions.
Keywords: Maintenance, accident, Risk, Reliability, Electrical, Engineering
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