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Pytel, W., Fuławka, K., Pałac-Walko, B., Mertuszka, P., Kisiel, J., Jalas, P. ...Shekov, V. (2020). UNIVERSAL APPROACH FOR RISK IDENTIFICATION AND EVALUATION IN UNDERGROUND FACILITIES. Mining Science, 27, 165-181.

Universal approach for risk identification and evaluation in underground facilities

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Author: Pytel, Witold1; Fuławka, Krzysztof2; Pałac-Walko, Bogumiła1;
Organizations: 1Faculty of Geoengineering, Mining and Geology, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Wroclaw, Poland
2KGHM CUPRUM Research & Development Centre, Wroclaw, Poland
3University of Silesia in Katowice
4University of Oulu
5Karelian Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Politechnika Wrocławska, 2020
Publish Date: 2021-02-16


Underground laboratories provide a unique environment for various industries and are the perfect place for developing new technologies for mining, geophysical surveys, radiation detection as well as many other studies and measurements. Unfortunately working in underground excavations is associated with exposure to many hazards not encountered in the laboratories located on the surface. Water inflow, gas burst, roof fall and even seismic hazards translate into high accident rates in the underground mining industry across the globe. Therefore, to minimise the risk of serious accidents, a lot of research investigations related to the development of effective risk assessment procedures are being carried out. One of the initiatives aimed at improving the work safety in underground laboratories in the Baltic Sea Innovation Network project implemented under the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme. This study presents the process of compiling a database on hazards within underground laboratories. Finally, a proposal of unification of the procedure for risk assessment, including methods for determining the likelihood and potential impact of unwanted events has been developed.

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Series: Mining science
ISSN: 2300-9586
ISSN-E: 2353-5423
ISSN-L: 2300-9586
Volume: 27
Pages: 165 - 181
DOI: 10.37190/MSC202712
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 1171 Geosciences
212 Civil and construction engineering
214 Mechanical engineering
Funding: This paper has been prepared through the Interreg Baltic Sea EU funded project on “Baltic Sea Under-ground Innovation Network” (BSUIN) Grant Agreement No. R2.073 (
Copyright information: This article has been published under a CC BY-NC 3.0 PL licence (