Tunnelling Safety Products: ITA Awarded Initiatives

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Safety is paramount in any tunnelling project. Trusted tunnelling safety initiatives safeguard against accidents and emergencies.
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Safety is paramount in any tunnelling project. Safeguarding against accidents and emergencies requires you to supply your project with trusted tunnelling safety initiatives.

The ITA Tunnel Safety Standards

The International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA) is a trusted industry body ensuring the safety and productivity of tunnelling and construction projects worldwide.

As members of the ITA, MineARC has engineered a series of refuge chambers and safety solutions recognised by the organisation’s annual awards, including the Year nominee’s 2018 Safety Initiative, the Aura-FX Digital Gas Monitoring System. As part of our GuardIAN Intelligence range, providing site-wide remote diagnostics, real-time gas monitoring and tracking; every tunnelling project can benefit from a fully integrated emergency response solution.

Key Takeaways

  • The ITA awards promote innovation and excellence in safety for underground tunnel construction. 
  • To-date MineARC has three products recognised in the ITA awards. 

Underground Construction and Tunnel Safety

Our extensive range of TunnelSAFE Refuge Chambers offers a solution for every application and requirement; from Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) gantry-mounted designs, to mobile rail models, to transportable drill and blast units. Each chamber is built to fully comply with the ITA ‘Guidelines for the Provision of Refuge Chambers in Tunnels Under Construction‘.

ITA Award Recognised Tunnelling Safety Products

Aura-FX Gas Monitoring Systems

Superior digital gas monitoring explicitly designed for use in refuge chambers; featuring the ability to monitor up to 11 gases, audible voice alarms, and real-time data analysis.

aura-fx rack mount digital gas monitor _web, Digital Gas Monitoring in Refuge Chambers

TunnelSAFE Multi-Service Vehicle Refuge Chamber

Engineered to be mounted to a multi-service vehicle, as a long-term safety option, the TunnelSAFE MSV is a portable safe haven for personnel during routine inspections and maintenance works.

Compressed Air Management System (CAMS)

Delivering clean, breathable air through a superior four-phase filtration process to reduce running costs and improve operational safety. Warranting against over pressurisation of the chamber, and providing gas toxicity monitoring, flood protection, and reduced service time.

Modern Mine Refuge Chamber Compressed Air Management System

Real-Life Safety Solutions: Multi-Service Vehicle Chamber Designed for Tunnelling ERP

Manufactured for the Lyon-Turin tunnelling project in the French Alps, the custom TunnelSAFE MSV Design features a unique internal layout based on the client’s request for high volume safe refuge transportation emergency.

Unlike most refuge chambers that provide seating for all occupants, the Lyon-Turin chamber features standing room for 24 personnel with ceiling-mounted grab-rails, and six auto-retracting seats designed to accommodate fire brigade personnel wearing full BA equipment.

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