Statistics show that nearly 55% of all fires in mines originate in a vehicle fire*. This has been a rising figure over many years. Hot surfaces and overheating are a leading cause of underground fires. Together, these two are the cause of more than 50% of all vehicle fires in mines.
Mining operations are extremely sensitive to unscheduled downtime. An engine fire above or underground can be devastating, as every minute of operation counts. Due to the typically large quantities of diesel and hydraulic oil, often operating under high pressures in the immediate area, an ignited engine fire could lead to a rapid and disastrous series of events. The financial and operational consequences resulting from occurrences such as a leaking fuel line or ruptured hydraulic hose are what machine operators want to prevent. The most important resource of any company is the human workforce who are at risk in the event of a fire.
In the UK and Ireland we have worked on many projects and with many companies including Crossrail and Tara Mines.
* [Annual Report, Gramko Fire Commitee, www.svemin.se, Sweden, 2013 & Safety Bulletin No: SB13-05, www.resources.nsw.gov.au/safety, NSW, Australia, 2013]
Since 1995 Fogmaker International AB has been developing, manufacturing and marketing fire suppression systems for engine compartments with high pressure water mist.
Since 2006 over 15,000 Fogmaker systems have been installed in the UK and Ireland.
The Fogmaker Fire Suppression system has a unique suppressing performance as it both cools down and smothers the fire, at the same time as the foam additive effectively prevent the fire from reigniting.
Fogmaker holds a wide range of certifications and approvals including UNECE R-107, SPCR183-approved by SP, 2016, IATF-16949 and SS-EN ISO 9001:2015.
Once a year the system should be inspected and the functions tested by a certified installer. Normally, this does not take more than an hour. Every five years the suppression system should undergo a revision where the suppression fluids are also exchanged.
The total life span cost of Fogmaker suppression systems is low compared with competing systems. Installation costs often fall below the cost of re-setting deployed alternative systems.