American Journal of Applied Sciences

Tunneling Operations, Occupational S&H and Environmental Protection: A Prevention Through Design Approach

Davide Labagnara, Alberto Martinetti and Mario Patrucco

DOI : 10.3844/ajassp.2013.1371.1377

American Journal of Applied Sciences

Volume 10, Issue 11

Pages 1371-1377

Abstract

The study refers on the main results of a research work that has been carried out by the Safety and Health group of the Department of Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering (DIATI) at the Politecnico di Torino, with reference to the substantial difference that exists between the case of an established absence of hazards due to the presence of noxious materials such asbestos, crystalline silica, in the rock mass to be excavated and the situations in which these minerals can be present. Since, when carcinogenic substances can be expected, corrective action following exposure or dispersion is clearly unacceptable, the presence of critical pollutants requires special preventive actions for the health of the workers and the muck which can introduce risks for the users (e.g., during mechanical processing involving feeding, crushing, milling, sizing and sorting operations) should not be considered for any reuse.

Copyright

© 2013 Davide Labagnara, Alberto Martinetti and Mario Patrucco. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.