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Responding to an underground mine fire: a case study.

Authors
Vaught-C; Wooton-DG
Source
Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Institute on Mining Health, Safety and Research, Blacksburg, Virginia, August 24-26, 1992. Tinney G, Bacho A, Karmis M, eds., Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1992 Aug; :197-208
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NIOSHTIC No.
10011558
Abstract
This manuscript presents an overview of emergency response and fire- fighting activities at an underground coal mine in the midwestern United States. Although efforts to contain the fire proved successful, there are lessons learned that may impact future responses. Regarding fires, prior assessment of such elements as water capacity and access to equipment (with correction of inadequate features) are critical. It is also recommended that particular attention be given to potential alternative strategies, e.g., sealing plans, rather than addressing them ad hoc. The authors conclude that it is important for operations to develop and test, under simulated conditions, a comprehensive mine emergency plan. Fire may be defined as the destructive burning of physical structures or other sites for human activity, with consequent potential for serious harm or loss of life (Vaught and Wiehagen, 1992). When fire occurs in an underground coal mine, the potential loss of jobs and coal (which is a non-renewable energy resource) is extremely likely. Therefore, though any threat to life should be minimized, it is important that an organization make a concerted effort to save the mine. The present paper gives an account of the first 37 hours of such a required response at an operation in the midwestern United States. It is anticipated that experiences related in this case study will offer insights that could prove helpful to those who might be forced to make a similar response sometime in the future.
Keywords
Emergency-response; Emergency-responders; Fire-fighters; Fire-fighting; Fire-fighting-equipment; Fire-safety; Fire-protection; Underground-mining; Underground-miners; Miners; Mining-industry; Mining-equipment; Mine-workers; Mine-fires; Mine-disasters; Coal-miners; Coal-mining
Publication Date
19920101
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Editors
Tinney-G; Bacho-A; Karmis-M
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
NIOSH Division
PRC
Source Name
Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Institute on Mining Health, Safety and Research, Blacksburg, Virginia, August 24-26, 1992
State
PA; VA; IL
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