Springvale Coal – Vent Safe Sliding Door

Springvale coal is a finalist in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards for the design and development of a new mine ventilation door.

Springvale coal is a finalist in the awards for the design and development of a new mine ventilation door.

The mine ventilation door allows for safe passage for stretcher-bearers and the easy break of pressure.

The old style ventilation doors used at Springvale Mine were a hinged type.

In 2005, a new ventilation shaft was commissioned which created increased pressures in areas of the mine that previously did not exist. Extensive consultation led to ideas being put forward by a cross section of the workforce.

The consultation included developing a prototype which was displayed so that recommendations about the design could be made. Today, there is no possibility for the door to close inadvertently.

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