ENVIRONMENT

Red hot drill steel sparks methane fire

WORKERS on a continuous miner were lucky to escape injury while working underground at a coal mine in New South Wales, after a flame spread across the face area to the opposite rib above their heads.

 The Regulator's image of the incident

The Regulator's image of the incident

The workers were installing roof bolts in a small roof cavity across the face. When a red-hot blocked drill steel was withdrawn from the hole methane was ignited and the flame spread over the face and...

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