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Document ID (ISN)54594
CIS number 90-1687
ISSN - Serial title 1775-8785 - Archives des maladies professionnelles
Year 1990
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Mathieu D., Mathieu-Nolf M., Wattel J.F., Delmas C., Laurent P., Frimat P., Furon D.
Title Prevention of decompression accidents caused by work in compressed air
Original title Prévention des accidents de décompression dus au travail en air comprimé. Expérience du chantier du métro de Lille [in French]
Bibliographic information 1990, Vol.51, No.1, p.1-5. 16 ref.
Abstract During work on the Lille (France) underground railway, a particular tunnelling technique was used: mud-pressure tunnelling. This technique requires workers to stay in a hyperbaric chamber. Physicians of the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Centre, having been consulted by doctors of the construction site, developed a programme for the prevention of accidents related to work in a pressurised atmosphere. The programme, which requires close collaboration by occupational physicians, factory inspectors, foremen, emergency services, the fire brigade and the contractor, was highly successful. There were no decompression accidents at all. The development of such programmes is strongly recommended.
Descriptors (primary) work in pressurized atmosphere; safety programmes; tunnelling; underground work
Descriptors (secondary) decompression; France
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Construction industry
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Safety programmes
Hyperbaric pressure