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These guidance notes were produced as a result of work carried out in a study of ergonomic principles involved in accident prevention in bunkers. They are organised into two parts: the first deals with the preparation and procedures for the entry of personnel into bunkers, and the second deals with the inspection, maintenance and cleaning of bunkers. The following recommendations from the project are incorporated into the guidance notes: (i) recommendations on specific harnesses, boatswain's chairs, safety lanyards, altochutes and sala blocks; (ii) the maximum lengths of fixed and rope ladders which are acceptable as defined by physiological measurement; (iii) four mechanically aided ascent/descent devices which were tested; (iv) general safety considerations such as authorisation to work, pre-entry briefings with the bunker team, the use of anchorage lines and safety lanyards, communications and appropriate anchor points.

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Authors: BRITISH COAL CORPORATION, British Coal Corporation, Headquarters Technical Department, Burton-on-Trent (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: No. 13 - Series 3 EN (1990) 50 pp.
Availability: Available from the Bureau of Information and Coordination, Community Ergonomics Action of the ECSC, PO Box 237, L-2012 Luxembourg (LU)
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