Dangerous incident report

January 15, 2018 Tara

Dangerous incident

Summary: A charge-up rig was driving in the decline when the operator noticed flames possibly coming from the central articulation area. The fire was immediately extinguished and the plant isolated. It appears the fire may have been caused by a burst hydraulic hose spraying oil on the engine exhaust.
Recommendations to industry: Mine operators are reminded to review:
  • mechanical protection of fluid conductors (hoses) of fuels or oils
  • rubbing and abrasion of cables and fluid conductors
  • clamps and fixings of cables and fluid conductors
  • segregation and separation of mechanical services and electric cables and devices
  • location of and value of maximum surface temperature
  • location of fire suppression activation points
  • compliance with Australian Standard 5062:2016 – Fire protection for mobile and transportable equipment.

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