Dangerous incident – Ignition of Methane
Incident date: 23 January 2018
Event: Ignition of methane at continuous miner working face
Location: Chain Valley Colliery – Vales Point NSW
A frictional ignition of methane occurred at an underground coal mine in January this year, in which a continuous miner intersected a projected structure during production in a development panel. Workers on the machine tried to extinguish the fire using water hoses, but this was unsuccessful. The fire was eventually extinguished using a fire extinguisher. No workers were injured.
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