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Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

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WEBER, R.. Arnot's readiness to prevent a Pike River disaster. J. S. Afr. Inst. Min. Metall. [online]. 2014, vol.114, n.4, pp.311-316. ISSN 2411-9717.

Methane explosions in underground coal mines are a major concern across the mining industry. After the Pike River disaster, Arnot Coal became even more aware of the explosion risk. To determine whether Arnot has adequate precautions against a methane explosion, such as the one that led to the Pike River disaster, a literature survey covering the causes of the incident and what preventative measures should have been in place was conducted. Many different methane explosion prevention methods were evaluated, as well as codes of practice. Based on the findings, Arnot's measures to prevent conditions favourable for a methane explosion were evaluated.

Keywords : methane explosion; code of practice; dominoes; ventilation; LTR(last through road).

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