A guide to air compressor safety in mining

Compressed air is commonly used as a power source in mining. While useful for many applications, air compressors can also become a safety concern if not maintained properly or misused. Globally, there have been mining incidents involving explosion of oil-flooded air compressors. Poorly maintained gas-powered and diesel-powered compressors can produce dangerous fumes that endanger workers in confined underground mines.

This whitepaper discusses some key parameters for selecting compressors suited to mining applications and includes expert guidelines on safety criteria for air compressors.

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