On September 7, 2018, a miner operating a haul truck died from burn injuries. During the investigation MSHA checked the manually-activated fire suppression system and discovered that the fire suppression system did not function when activated. A properly functioning fire suppression system may have saved this miner’s life.
As a result, MSHA personnel will place an increased inspection focus on fire suppression systems. Fully compliant systems must adhere to the requirements in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 17 and 17A (Standards for Dry and Wet Chemical Extinguishing Systems), the system manufacturer’s recommendations, as well as 30 CFR.
To assist MSHA’s inspectors with this initiative, they have developed the following: