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Lightning Risk Evaluation for Line Handling at Hay Point Coal Terminal (BHP BMA)


Hay Point is one of the largest coal export ports in the world. Thunderstorms frequently pass through the area during the lightning season in Queensland.

The Brief

These storms pose a threat to the safety of line handling personnel in situations where the work cannot be postponed, e.g., because a fully laden vessel would undergo structural damage.

The Outcome

A lightning study was undertaken to quantify the risk to personnel and ways to mitigate the risks. Practical recommendations flowed from the study, including procedural, PPE and lightning shelter actions.

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