10 photos of mines burning, freezing, and collapsing

While companies do their best to ensure safety on site, mining can be a risky business. Here we've put together a collection of some of the most outrageous accidents caught by other workers.

This first photo is a classic that has been in circulation for quite some time, showing spontaneous combustion at the coal face on BHP's Blair Athol mine in Queensland.

Source: Mining Mayhem

'Spon con' is a well-documented issue in the coal industry, and here's another older but well-known example from a mine overseas.

Source: Mining Mayhem

This next photo captures the moment a Komatsu PC1800 went up in flames.

Source: Heavy Equipment Forums

But it's nothing compared to this next accident. This was allegedly a brand new truck with only six hours on it. A hydraulic leak caught the tyres on fire, which eventually burnt the whole thing down.

Source: Titan Talk Forums

Closer to home, this next photo is one of the best pictures taken of the Yallourn mine collapse, which followed heavy flooding of the La Trobe River in Victoria.

Source: American Geophysical Union

We think the next two photos show a fire burning in an open cut coal mine in Gippsland, Victoria, but it's unknown who took the photos. Can you help us add more detail?

Source: My Firefighter Nation

Source: My Firefighter Nation

On the other end of the spectrum this photo shows an underground mine in Quebec that's completely frozen over.


Finally this photo shows labourers standing next to small piles of coal they've burnt after scavenging ore from an open cut coal mine in eastern India.

Source: AP/Statesman Journal

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