Fires on mobile plant safety
Fires on mobile plant are dangerous for the operator when they inhale the products of the fire; are burned by flames; or fall while exiting large mining vehicles.
Fires in underground mines
Fires on mobile plant in underground mines can be particularly dangerous due to the enclosed spaces involved, large amounts of smoke and toxic gases and difficulty in evacuating. Risks to workers from fires underground are higher than risks of fire on surface vehicles as more people are potentially exposed to the products of fire. A fire in an underground coal mine has the potential to escalate to a catastrophic event.