A truck fire in one of their underground maintenance bays, obstructing all exit paths for miners working on that level. With no safe refuge available on-site, the incident resulted in
In comparison to metal mines, the need for a coal mine refuge chamber has long been debated. Coal mines have significant quantities of fuel that can burn for days, so perhaps the rescue and evacuation strategies should be different.
Guidelines for refuge chambers are present in South Africa. However, they are vague and lack vital standards for adequate life support systems.
The Turkish mining industry should look at the events that followed the Sago coal mine disaster, before hastily implementing refuge chamber policy.
WorkSafe reported a historic low of two deaths for the same period, the last financial year saw a staggering increase to 17 mining-related deaths across Australia.