Dangerous Incident: Loader Operator Noticed Flames

January 22, 2018 Tara

Summary: The operator of a loader noticed flames from the rear of the loader when in the decline. He activated the fire suppression and parked the loader safely. The fire was extinguished with the onboard fire suppression. Initial investigation identified the ignition source was electrical as the fire originated around the battery area.

Recommendations to industry: Mine operators should review their preventative maintenance inspections for electrical cables to prevent shorts and arcing related fires. The review should include:

  • inspections for cable and sheathing damage
  • lifecycle management (age of replacement) for cables.

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