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Hazards of underground coal mine fires.
J Mine Vent Soc S Afr 1993 Nov; 46(11):162-169
The Bureau of Mines has studied 260 underground coal mine fires which occurred from 1970 through 1989. Every fire had the capacity to be hazardous to life and property; however, upon closer examination some were found to be inherently more dangerous than others. The research involved reviewing and recording specific information contained in published Mine Safety and Health Administration fire accident reports. The objective was to determine if degrees of hazard relative to fire source or location could be construed from information contained in the reports. We specifically looked at the propensity for fires to cause injuries and fatalities as well as the need to seal the area in order to extinguish the fire. Relative to all underground locations, this review found that fires occurring in main haulage ways were most likely to cause injuries and fatalities as well as require sealing of at least the immediate area to extinguish.
Mine-fires; Mine-seals; Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Fire-extinguishing-systems; Fire-fighting; Coal-mining
Issue of Publication
Journal of the Mine Ventilation Society of South Africa
Page last reviewed: April 12, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division