Leading fire protection specialist Wormald has supplied a range of life safety products and systems at the Ravensworth Underground Mine in New South Wales.
Managed by Glencore Xstrata, the Ravensworth Underground Mine is located in the Hunter Valley Coalfields of New South Wales and employs approximately 280 staff.
Wormald has supplied over 250 Scott Safety Contour 100 Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) with 6.8-litre carbon fibre cylinders. Particularly suitable for use in the mining industry, the Contour 100 SCBA is a lightweight, high performance breathing apparatus featuring a shoulder-mounted pressure gauge, a high pressure cylinder connector and a Vision 3 facemask.
The SCBAs are stored in moveable storage pods located at work sites within the mine and are easily accessible to work groups in the event of an emergency. Each pod holds up to 21 compressed air sets.
Safety systems supplied to the Ravensworth Underground Mine also included 40 auto-cascade fast fill stations at the site. Containing banks of compressed air cylinders that operate in an automatic cascade system based on the pressure in the cylinders, these stations enable users to easily refill their breathing apparatus during an escape, without having to remove the cylinder. The stations allow four users to connect at any one time, ensuring quick and easy refills.
Tony Galvin from the Ravensworth Mine explains that safety is of vital importance at underground mining sites, requiring mining companies to ensure the availability of easily accessible life safety equipment for miners. The breathing apparatus and fast fill stations ensure that the miners have access to enough air to escape in the event of an emergency.