Prepare to keep mine sites fire safe

By Garry Kwok, National Technical Services Manager at Wormald

Wormald fire suppression system - heavy vehicles2Considering the hazardous and remote nature of mining operations, mine sites are at a high risk of fire. Therefore, fire protection should be top of mind for mine site supervisors and operations managers.

A Queensland University of Technology study found that between 1990 and 2005, fire and explosions were one of the eight key causes of 85 per cent of mining fatalities in Australia.

Adequate fire protection is not only a financial and regulatory necessity, but an ethical one. Mine site supervisors and operations managers should consider the following to help ensure their sites are fire safe: Continue reading