NSW Government, Australia, Safety Alert from June 2008. While operating a RAM car (rubber-tyred mobile plant) in an underground coal mine, the driver heard a bang and noticed a distinctive smell and white smoke-like substance coming from the rear of the machine. A brown smoke-like substance followed. 

Root cause analysis highlighted issues around rubber liner inserts in wheel assemblies and recommendation are made to prevent recurrence of similar incidents.  Recommendation include: 

  • Confirm mine planning does not require vehicles to operate beyond their rated capacities (including for tyre tkph) 
  • Match fitted tyres to equipment capacities
  • Control the information related to tyre capacities and confirm it is included in maintenance and training resources


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