This article reports on the second international conference on tunnel incident management, held at Basel in December 1998, and discusses how to manage tunnel incidents effectively. A holistic approach, called the 'PR process', is needed. It incorporates the key activities that need consideration in planning and preparing to handle tunnel incidents: (1) prevention; (2) precautions; (3) procedures; (4) people; (5) response; (6) recovery; and (7) review. Prevention applies risk assessment to reduce the probability of incidents occurring. It is applied to the design of a tunnel and to the design and construction of its transport system. Residual risk can be handled systematically. Precautions are facilities within the tunnel structure or transport system which help to reduce the effects of tunnel incidents and include a whole range of engineering solutions. Preventive procedures govern the operation of tunnel activity, and minimise the risk from day-to-day operations. Responsive procedures take action when something goes wrong, and aim to address "What if?" questions. It is crucial to select key people able to handle tunnel incidents. Response requires cooperation between several agencies including emergency services. Effective recovery to normality influences all the other stages. The review process monitors performance during rehearsal and practice in preparation for an incident.

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    • COOMBES, C
  • Publication Date: 1999-2


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  • Accession Number: 00766944
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Aug 2 1999 12:00AM