Severe Incident: Spontaneous Combustion

May 3, 2018 Tara

Summary: A spontaneous combustion event at an open cut coal mine was reported to the Resources Regulator, but it had not been notified by the mine. The mine was responding to an ongoing heating event.

Recommendations to industry: The Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014 has been amended to include spontaneous combustion at a coal mine as a dangerous incident.
Mines should review the updated legislation to ensure compliance with all notification requirements.

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