MineArc releases refuge chambers

MineARC Systems will showcase the newest addition to its powerless and portable safe refuge chamber range for hard rock mines during GME.

The four-person HRM4-PLP, which requires no electrical power to operate, is designed to improve safety in tight mining confines, such as single-entry development headings where workface personnel can be at risk of being cut off behind boggers and loaders.

Already used in everyday operations at more than 25 underground Australian sites, the HRM4-PLP operates on liquid carbon dioxide for up to 36 hours.

The small, lightweight unit has a compact design so it easily fits onto the back of a standard flat-bed truck and can be transported to virtually any location.

Established in 1999, Perth-based MineARC Systems is now a global leader in the manufacture and supply of emergency safe refuge chambers for the underground mining, tunneling and petrochemical industries.

The company has offices in the United States, Chile, China and Europe and supplies its chambers in more than 25 countries.

“Emergency refuge is an integral part of an underground mine, tunnel or petrochemical operation’s Emergency Response Plan,” MineARC Systems’ General Manager Mike Lincoln said.

“Fires, explosions, rock falls, flooding and the release of smoke and other forms of toxic gas are the types of industrial incidents that occur all too frequently, despite high levels of planning and safety precaution."

In these types of emergencies, when evacuation is neither safe nor practical, emergency refuges provide a safe and secure area for personnel to gather and await extraction,” he said.

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