We recently finalised a consolidated report into the risk of spontaneous combustion at underground coal mines, which assessed 9 mines during the period from June 2020 to January 2022.
The planned inspection program identified varying levels of control implementation and effectiveness in controlling the principal hazard of spontaneous combustion.
Improvement areas were identified and discussed with the sites during the assessments for managing their spontaneous combustion hazards. Our inspectors were able to share information from other mine sites of work that was being done well to manage the hazards associated with spontaneous combustion, as well as any incidents that had occurred within the mining industry and what controls were applied to prevent a similar type of incident from re-occurring.
Read the report for full details, including key findings and recommendations to industry.