NIOSH study documents a decade of equipment fires.
Eng Min J 2005 Apr; 206(3):40-44
Equipment fires are extremely hazardous to the safety of miners and their livelihood, especially when they occur in the confined space of underground mines. NIOSH recently analyzed equipment fires for all U.S. underground metal/nonmetal and stone mines; surface metal/nonmetal mines; surface sand, gravel, and stone mines; and metal/nonmetal and stone mills during 1990-1999. Ruptured lines and spilled oil/fuel cause most mobile mining equipment fires. In the future, equipment fires and injuries might be prevented, reduced, or suppressed at their earliest stage by improving fire fighting and prevention strategies, developing new technologies, and improving safety training programs.
Fire-fighting; Fire-hazards; Fire-prevention; Mining-equipment; Mining-industry; Miners; Underground-mining; Metal-mining; Nonmetal-mining; Stone-mines; Sand-and-gravel-mines; Surface-mining; Injuries; Hazards; Safety-research; Ignition-sources
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Engineering and Mining Journal