It is always a catastrophic situation when a machine catches on fire in an underground mine. VTT in Finland has been studying fire safety of mining machines used in hard rock mines. The main causes of fires are short circuit of an electric cable, leakage of oil in hydraulic system, overheating of brakes and insufficient maintenance of the machine. The best way to improve fire safety of machines is to consider in design stage fire safety risks and to develop maintainability especially the replace ability of hoses and cables. Instructions for maintenance and working procedures in mines must be improved to keep fire risks in control in all operation situations. A checklist was developed for designers and maintenance people to help to assess the fire safety of mining machinery.
|Title of host publication||2nd International Conference on Occupational Risk Prevention, ORP 2002|
|Subtitle of host publication||Gran Canaria Island, 20-22 February 2002|
|Publisher||Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|
|MoE publication type||B3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings|
- fire safety
- mining machinery
- risk assessment
Tiusanen, R. (2002). Fire safety of mining machinery - Improvement proposals. In 2nd International Conference on Occupational Risk Prevention, ORP 2002: Gran Canaria Island, 20-22 February 2002 Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.