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A Statistical Analysis of Metal and Nonmetal Mine Fire Incidents in the United States from 1950 to 1984.

Butani SJ; Pomroy WH
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This Bureau of Mines publication presents a statistical analysis of official U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration metal and nonmetal mine fire reports from 1950 through 1984, plus accounts of selected nonreportable fires (less than 30 min and no injury) and opinion data on fire hazards from mine safety directors. Fires were analyzed by time trends, ore type, ignition source, burning substance, location in mine, equipment involved, means of detection, duration, number of injuries and fatalities, mining method, and successful extinguishing agent. The leading ignition sources were electricity in underground fires and engine heat in reported surface fires. The most frequent burning substance was combustible liquids for all nonreportable fires, reported surface fires, and reported underground fires from 1978 to 1984. For underground fires reported prior to 1978, timber was the leading burning substance. Mobile equipment was the type most frequently involved in both underground and surface fires. Underground fires occurred most often in haulageway or drift areas, and reported surface fires occurred most often in plant and mill buildings, while most nonreportable surface fires occurred in other areas. The most common method of extinguishment were water hose lines for reported fires and dry chemical hand-portable extinguishers for nonreportable fires.
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IC 9132
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Page last reviewed: November 19, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division