Heavy vehicles, high traffic concentration, limited accessibility. varying climate, etcetera, place particular demands on both vehicles and drivers. Speed checks and breath tests of vehicle drivers, as well as checks of the condition of the vehicles, are performed regularly. There is a general ban on idling within LKAB's operations.
Requirement for driving licence and operator's certificate
The following applies:
- Society's traffic regulations apply unless otherwise specified.
- Generally speaking, drivers of vehicles within LKAB's operations must have a driving licence of the right class for the vehicle they are driving, and must be aware of the risks associated with vehicular traffic within the relevant area.
- In exceptional cases, an operator's certificate alone is permitted for production vehicles if the vehicle is only driven within LKAB's operations and if the work area is clearly demarcated from public traffic.
- Exemptions are decided by the facility owner and the matter is dealt with via the appointed contact person.
The works management must ensure that all vehicle drivers satisfy the requirements stipulated regarding driving licences and operator's certificates.
Vehicular traffic within LKAB's operations can, in certain situations, be very intensive and entail significant risks.
The following applies to vehicle drivers:
- Must follow signs and regulations, and otherwise adjust their speed to the prevailing conditions.
- Drivers, as well as all passengers, must wear a seatbelt in accordance with society's rules.
- Being under the influence of alcohol, drugs or other non-medicinal preparations is prohibited.
- Vehicles must not be driven in the event of illness or fatigue.
- Handsfree must be used when driving any vehicle while using the telephone. Communication radios and W-lan telephones are exempted.
- The vehicle must be inspected daily, before and after driving. Any dangerous discrepancies that are discovered must be rectified before the vehicle is used.
- Other signal systems, such as blasting, rail traffic (tap groups, crushers, tunnelling, track levels, track areas, etc.) must be respected.
- Vehicles may only be parked and left in locations where parking is permitted.
- Idling is not allowed on other places than marked idling zones.
The works management must ensure that vehicle drivers respect and comply with the above provisions, and that they have their driving licence/operator's certificate for the vehicle being driven.
The following applies:
- Vehicles must be approved for use according to legal requirements. Certificates regarding servicing and maintenance must accompany the specific vehicle, and the servicing and maintenance handbook must be followed.
- Entry with vehicles, ID.
- Vehicles must be supplied with an identification number so that it is possible to contact the owner of the vehicle.
- If vehicles are parked in a facility or underground, the keys must always be left in the vehicle in case of fire.
- For vehicles under 3.5 tonnes operated within open-pit areas, warning flags and flashing orange beacons are mandatory.
- For vehicles driven underground, the only fuels permitted are electricity and diesel. Vehicles that are used underground must not have roof hatches.
- All vehicles that are used underground or in other production facilities must have their exhausts and brakes tested at least every 12 weeks. For heavy vehicles (above 3.5 tonnes), exhaust and brake tests must be performed every 8 weeks. The tests are carried out in LKAB's test stations.
- All vehicles that are used underground or in other production facilities must undergo a fire inspection annually by an accredited company. If a vehicle has not passed a fire inspection, an instant fine of SEK 10,000 is levied.
- The fire inspection includes the installation of escape hoods and handheld fire extinguishers. Escape hoods that are installed must be able to cope for at least 30 minutes, and must be available in the quantity for which the vehicle has been inspected according to the registration certificate.
- Self-propelled, motorised machines and transport vehicles (above 3.5 tonnes), which work with the extraction of rock underground, must be equipped with a permanently installed, automatic extinguishing system.
- All vehicles that are used for the loading and transport of explosive goods must, in addition to the above requirements, have four handheld fire extinguishers installed, each of 6 kg. The engine compartment must be equipped with a fully automatic extinguishing system.
- Vehicles that have been granted an exemption from one or more of the above requirements by the facility owner and for specific reasons, must, at the vehicle owner's liability, undergo a systematic check to ensure the condition of the vehicle.
- Material transport operations without an entry permit require the use of a pilot. Contact the industrial guard at the relevant site. There is an additional cost for piloting during the evening or at night.
The works management is responsible for ensuring that vehicles are kept in good condition through procedures for checking and maintaining the vehicle. There is a general ban on idling within LKAB's operations. If, in order for the work to be carried out, it is necessary for the vehicle's engine to be running, the works management must first obtain the approval of the facility owner via the appointed contact person.
In order to create the conditions for safe and effective vehicle usage with as little impact on the environment as possible, suppliers within LKAB's operations have the potential to purchase diesel from LKAB's filling stations.
The filling stations are situated at strategic locations, and are continually moved to ensure the optimum conditions for filling. It is important to keep updated about the location of the nearest filling station. The location of filling stations is updated continually on LKAB's website, www.lkab.com/leverantor. Application forms as well as approaches and conditions for use can also be found there.
Traffic incidents refer to all incidents where vehicles in motion are involved and where personal injury and/or material damage have arisen.
The following applies:
In the case of serious traffic incidents or accidents:
Rescue, raise the alarm, extinguish and follow LKAB's alarm plan (see chapter 2)
In the event of other traffic incidents:
Contact the industrial guard without delay to report vehicle damage:
- Kiruna +46 980 710 01
- Malmberget +46 970 762 80
- Svappavaara +46 980 728 00
- Luleå +46 920 381 85
Contact your immediate superior and the appointed contact person within LKAB.
The works management is responsible for ensuring that all traffic incidents are reported in. If an incident that has occurred within LKAB's operations is not reported, this is viewed as a case of hit-and-run and legal measures can be implemented. Your appointed contact person can be contacted if you have more questions relating to traffic incidents.
Within LKAB's operational areas, rail traffic occurs both above and below ground.
The demands for traffic safety in respect of rail traffic are very stringent and are covered by official requirements.
The following applies:
- It is only possible to remain or work within the track area after obtaining a permit from LKAB Malmtrafik.
- For personnel who do not possess individual safety authorisation, the minimum training requirement for spending time within LKAB Malmtrafik's track area is LKAB's interactive course "Being on the tracks".
The works management must ensure that all those who spend time or work in track areas satisfy the applicable requirements, including having obtained a permit and having the correct training and expertise.