Dangerous Incident: sparks coming from the engine

October 19, 2017 Tara

Summary: An operator of an underground haul truck noticed sparks coming from the engine bay area of a concrete agitator. The truck operator immediately notified the agitator operator, who stopped. The fire was extinguished using a hand-held extinguisher.
Recommendations to industry: Fire risk assessments should be carried out for mobile plant that is operated at mines. The fire risk assessment should consider guidance in AS 5062:2016 Fire protection for mobile and transportable equipment. Good maintenance practices are essential in preventing the ignition of combustible fluids from hose or pipe failures. Hoses should be segregated from hot surfaces with the surface being protected. Surface heat must be minimised and fire resistant fluids should be used, where possible.

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