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Mines Safety Significant Incident Report No. 147

Fire and entrapment hazard on mobile plant (salt harvester)

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During salt harvesting operations, unknown to the operator, a fire occurred within the machinery of the salt harvester. The fire was brought to the attention of the operator by a grader driver working in the vicinity.

While attempting to escape from the harvester, the operator was unable to exit by the cabin door due to the heat from the flames. In the absence of a second egress, the operator was forced to break the front windscreen of the cabin, exit the machine via the front access platform and use the cross travel conveyor to jump across onto a full salt trailer, which was moved into position to allow this.


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Western Australia




Government of Western Australia


3 Jan 2008

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