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North Goonyella Report Release Reason 6. Location Of Mine Control Room, Gas Monitoring Equipment, Office, Mines Rescue Equipment Etc.

North Goonyella Report Release Reason 6. Location of Mine Control Room, Gas Monitoring Equipment, Office, Mines Rescue Equipment Etc.

MINE SURFACE FACILITIES

The Inquiry recognises that layout of mine entries relative to surface installations could impede or prevent emergency procedures in the aftermath of a disaster. Layouts for new mines should take this potential into account and be subject to the approval of the Chief Inspector of Coal Mines.

Moura No 2 Mining Warden Inquiry Findings page 63

North Goonyella has yet again displayed the absolute insanity of having the Mine Offices, Control Room, Gas Monitoring Equipment, Mines Rescue Sub-Station etc. being located in the immediate vicinity of the drifts and shafts of the Mine.

It may be wonderful for the administration buildings being able to just peer out the window and watch coal pour off the conveyor belt, or watch real coal miners enter and exit the mine.

In a fire/potential explosion situation it is entirely self defeating.

I believe the exclusion zone at North Goonyella was officially set at 3 kilometres.

Has any of the other Underground Mines done anything to address this problem?

Have they even established alternative gas monitoring equipment locations, alternative control rooms?

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