Bad bearings blamed for drive shaft fires underground

A SPATE of fires involving high-speed drive shaft bearings on underground loaders in Queensland mines has prompted a safety warning by Resources Safety and Health Queensland.

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Example of fire

According to an alert issued by the Mineral Mines and Quarries Inspectorate, there has been five fires in the past 12 months involving the drive shaft bearings, across different mines in the state.