23 MARCH 2018
Workers withdrawn after methane frictional ignition
A frictional ignition of methane occurred at an underground coal mine when a continuous miner intersected a projected structure during production in a development panel. Workers on the machine attempted to extinguish the fire using water hoses, however this was unsuccessful. The fire was eventually extinguished using a fire extinguisher.
No workers were injured, however they were shaken following the incident.
Resources Regulator inspectors and investigators attended the site and issued a section 195 notice prohibiting entry underground except for the purposes of maintaining the ongoing safety of the mine.
Further information and recommendations
For further incident details and Resource Regulator recommendations to industry, download the full version of the safety alert using the link below.