Mining truck fires have continued to remain a concern for the industry with two significant truck fire reported to one regulator in the past week.
According to the Regulator, ‘a Hitachi EH5000 haul truck stopped at an in-pit fuel farm. The operator left the cabin and noticed smoke through gaps in the top deck. The operator walked down the stairs and noticed flames at the left-hand engine bay. He returned to the cabin, called emergency and manually activated the fire suppression system. The fire was extinguished, and the water cart attended the incident.
- Fire on underground haul truck drive train bearing
- Dozer burns on blast heap of coal mine
- Three workers killed in underground equipment fire
Failures of turbocharger oil supply lines have been identified as the cause of many mobile plant engine fires. Mine operators must develop and adhere to strict inspection and maintenance standards and practices specific for their site conditions, to prevent loss of oil through oil feed lines and mitigate potential engine fires.
Loss of hydraulic oil or hydrocarbon fluids is a common cause of a fire on mobile plant. Mine operators should identify, evaluate and segregate hot surface temperature ignition sources from potential fuel sources.
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