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This week NSW Trade & Investment Mine Safety issued a Safety Bulletin identifying the causes of a number of diesel fuel fires occurring on mobile plant while they were being refuelled. You can read their bulletin here.

Fire safety when refuelling is an issue that Banlaw has been working hard to improve for the last 30 years. We have a number of products and solutions which answer NSW Trade and Investment’s safety concerns and will significantly reduce the risk of these kinds of fires when refuelling mobile plant. Read Banlaw’s full Safety Alert here.

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Firesafe Valve: Banlaw’s products and expertise can minimise
the risk of fire damage during refuelling.

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Incidents
 
NSW Trade and Investment Mine Safety observed that causes of refuelling fires have included diesel fuel escaping from the manufacturer’s normal manual fill point after the fuel tank became pressurised during the refilling process, igniting the fuel on a hot engine, turbo or exhaust pipe.

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Recommendations

NSW Trade and Investment Mine Safety made the various recommendations regarding installing quick fill refuelling systems, including:

  Identifying all risk scenarios that may give rise to fuel spillage and/or fire during the refuelling process.

  Using refuelling systems that do not rely on fuel tank pressurisation to stop fuel flow when the tanks are full.

  Checking the designs of fuel tanks.

 

  Ensuring fuel dispensing flow rate and air vent capacity of fuel tanks is correctly matched.

  Ensuring refuelling nozzles and fuel tank receivers are a matched set.

 
 

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They also recommended that mines using quick fuel systems should:

 
 

  Review refuelling procedures with consideration to potential safety hazards.

  Ensure inspection and maintenance activities consider lifecycle degradation of the refuelling system.

 

  Check an engineered “break link” is fitted to the fuel filling line at the fuel supply end.

  Provide refresher training to workers who refuel mobile plant.

 
    

How Banlaw can help you avoid fire risk at your site

Banlaw's products fulfil NSW Trade and Investment Mine Safety's recommendations for reducing risk of fire during refuelling as follows:

Site Audits

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We can carry out site audits to identify any current or likely safety issues and recommend improvements.

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Staff Training

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We can also provide staff training, including refresher training.

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“Banlaw offers a class leading solution for reducing on-board fire risk while dramatically reducing re-fuelling down time on heavy mining equipment. For safely and efficiently refuelling large key equipment like excavators and haul trucks at rates up to 1000 litres per minute, you can’t beat Banlaw FillSafe. Coupled with its 1000l/ min nozzle, Ultra Fine Filtered Vents and Fire Safe isolation valve, Banlaw Fillsafe gives mines a competitive edge through faster, safer refuelling.”

Jason Wright, Mining Maintenance Management Consultant.

 
   

Fillsafe

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Our FillSafe system provides overfill protection and automated shut-off with no pressure build-up in the tank.

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Vents

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Banlaw’s vents prevent spillage or leakage from the tank and we have the expertise to install them to minimise fire-risk hazards.

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Nozzles and Receivers

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Our reputation for quality and safety has been built on the performance of our nozzles and receivers. They are the safest nozzles in the world.

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Technical Support

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Banlaw support will provide you with pro-active identification of issues, giving you preemptive warnings of potential safety issues and reminders of timely maintenance.

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SAFE, EFFICIENT REFUELLING EVERY TIME WITH BANLAW

 
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