A fire occurred on an agitator truck in an underground metals mine in Cobar on 13 April 2019. The fire spread quickly with non-metallic engine covers and guards adding to the fuel load and the intensity of the fire. 19 workers underground at the time had to retreat to refuge chambers while the fire was brought under control.
The truck’s fuel tank was punctured, allowing diesel fuel to escape. The truck was being driven down the decline. At a local up-grade, the operator noticed additional drag on the engine and towards the top of the local climb the operator discovered a fire. The operator managed to escape from the truck without injury.
Non-metallic materials add fuel to underground truck fire
Last Updated: 18/05/2022 10:35:36am