Tag Archives: Coal Mining

  • South African Coal Mining Industry Continues to Push Back on Safe Practice

    Although there is plenty of talk and self-congratulation on evidence within the coal industry with regards to safety, reality is that our mining industry is rapidly falling behind in good safety practices compared to the rest of the developed world. An area that is severely lacking in stringent regulation is the requirement for emergency refuge in case of underground emergencies such as fire, fall of rock or in the event of miners being trapped underground. – More information

  • MineARC’s EnviroLAV Improves Hygiene for Queensland Coal Mine

    An underground coal mine in Queensland, Australia has recently purchased four MineARC Coal Spec EnviroLAV Toilets. The mine site, currently in expansion, traditionally had limited toilet facilities underground and saw the advantages of the advanced waste management system to improve onsite hygiene and overall productivity. – More information

  • Positive Outlook for Mine Safety in Vietnam

    During March of this year, MineARC was honoured to have been invited to attend a reception at the residence of the Australian Ambassador for Vietnam, the Honourable Hugh Borrowman. Kane Read, Business Development Manager for South East Asia, travelled to Vietnam for the exclusive function. In attendance was His Excellency Nguyen Linh Ngoc, Vice Minister for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, who presented an outlook on the future of mining and investment in the region. – More information

  • CoalSAFE International High Seam

     
     
    The CoalSAFE International High Seam Refuge Chamber is designed to suit a range of underground coal mining environments. The chamber can be custom designed to client specifications, but typically features 12, 16 and 20 person configurations.
     
    Special transport configurations include narrow builds specifically tailored for shaft mines or modular builds, allowing a complete refuge chamber to be split into smaller sections before being transported and then reassembled underground. – More information

  • South African DMR Regulations: A Step in the Right Direction

    Since November of 2014, South Africa’s Ministry for Mineral Resources has had new regulations in place regarding the requirements for safe refuge in underground mining. This has been a great step forward in modernising mine safety in a country with some of the world’s deepest mines; however the regulation falls far short of international standards. – More information

  • Harmony Gold Fire a Near Miss for the Mining Industry

    The Department of Minerals and Resources in South Africa may well have just been provided a perfect opportunity to implement change to safety regulations in underground mining, in light of the recent near miss at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine. – More information

  • Vietnam’s Trade Mission to Australia

    On March 17 MineARC Systems’ International Sales Manager – James Geldart and Business Development Manager for South East Asia – Kane Read were invited to join a delegation of Australian industry leaders at a luncheon at New South Wales’ Parliament House to welcome Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng. – More information

  • Coal Mining Continues to Thrive in South Africa

    The coal mining industry continues to flourish in South Africa, contributing in excess of R100 billion to the economy during 2013. Ranked as the industry’s top revenue earner above gold, iron-ore and platinum, South Africa is now one of the world’s leading countries in regards to coal reserves. – More information

  • A Bright Future for the Industry: Turkey International Mining Fair 2014

    Turkey’s International Mining Fair took place from the 27th to 30th November of last year, held in Istanbul in conjunction with the Turkish Mining Development Foundation. – More information

  • Vietnam on Track to Improve Mine Health and Safety

    MineARC recently travelled to the province of Quang Ninh, to meet with key personnel at various mining companies, including Vietnam’s largest mining conglomerate, Vinacomin. – More information

  • Opinion Piece: The Coal Mine Refuge Chamber Debate

    On the 13th May 2014, an accident occurred at an underground mine in Soma, resulting in the tragic deaths of 301 courageous miners. Following this terrible event, there have been numerous discussions regarding regulation amendments and the mandatory requirement to have Refuge Stations installed in all underground mining and tunnelling environments in Turkey. – More information

  • Turkey: A Change in the Mining Industry

    MineARC recently paid a visit to Turkey, where we had the opportunity to call on both existing and prospective clients alongside our longstanding agents, PENAmaden. Our second trip to Turkey since the Soma disaster, it was encouraging to see that industry pressure for better health and safety standard is now beginning to take effect. – More information

  • Learning from Disaster

    After Western Australia celebrated its first year of zero mining fatalities in 2012/13 and Australia-wide, WorkSafe reported an historic low of two deaths for the same period, the last financial year saw a staggering increase to 17 mining-related deaths across Australia. – More information

  • From Sago to Soma: How Turkey Can Avoid the Mistakes of the United States When Introducing Refuge Chamber Legislation

    The Turkish mining industry would benefit from looking at the events that followed on from the Sago coal mine disaster in the US in 2006, where 12 miners died after becoming trapped underground following an explosion and fire. – More information

  • CoalSAFE Range

    In consultation with the world’s leading mining companies and regional mining authorities, MineARC Systems has designed and engineered a range of intrinsically safe CoalSAFE models to suit different underground mining environments. – More information

  • CoalSAFE Change-Over Station

    The MineARC Change-Over-Station (COS) is designed to aid miners as they exit the mine; providing a safe and secure ‘staging-post’ stocked with breathing apparatus, such as self-contained-self-rescuers (SCSR’s). – More information

  • 2009 MSHA Final Rule: Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines

    The final rule establishes the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) requirements for refuge alternatives in underground coal mines and the training of miners in their use. – More information

  • Operator Training: CoalSAFE Low Seam (with Airlock)

    Operator training video for the CoalSAFE Low Seam Refuge Chamber with flushing airlock. – More information

  • CoalSAFE MSHA Low Seam

     
     
    The CoalSAFE MSHA Low Seam is designed for underground coal mines with a minimum seam height of 46” (1.2m). The chamber can be custom designed to client specifications, but typically features 12, 16, 20 and 24 person configurations.
     
    Due to the height restrictions of low seam operations, the CoalSAFE Low Seam features a secure, separately transportable external cylinder bay (ECB) to house the oxygen and liquid CO2 cylinders required to power the refuge’s intrinsically safe internal life support systems. – More information

  • CoalSAFE MSHA Mid Seam

     
     
    The CoalSAFE MSHA Mid Seam is designed for underground coal mines with a minimum seam height of 56” (1.4m).
     
    The unit can be custom-engineered to client specifications, but typically features 8, 12, 16 and 20 person configurations. – More information

  • CoalSAFE MSHA High Seam

     
     
    The High Seam CoalSAFE model is designed for underground coal mines with a minimum seam height of 74” (2.2m).
     
    The unit can be custom-designed to client specifications, but typically features 12, 16, 20 and 24 person configurations. – More information

  • CoalSAFE Change-Over Station

     
     
    The MineARC CoalSAFE Change-Over-Station (COS) is designed to aid underground personnel as they exit the coal mine during an emergency. The station provides a secure ‘staging-post’ stocked with replacement breathing apparatus.
     
    Inside the COS, breathing apparatus such as self-contained-selfrescuers (SCSR’s) can be changed over in safety while providing personnel the opportunity to regroup and continue to plan their escape. Each model features custom-designed storage to accommodate site requirements. – More information

  • MARCisScrubbing System

     
    Developed specifically for the CoalSAFE range, the unique MARCis (MineARC Air Refuge Chamber intrinsically safe) system provides both a powerless CO2 / CO scrubber, as well as a powerless air conditioning system. – More information

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