Pennsylvania Responds to Fire in Coal Mine in Washington County

Jan. 8, 2003
Personnel from Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Deep Mine Safety have responded to a fire at Eighty-Four Mining Co.'s Mine No. 84 in South Strabane Township, Washington County.

The mine was evacuated Jan 6 after a fire broke out in part of the coal conveyor belt, causing one of the carbon monoxide detectors to sound.

All personnel in the mine, except for DEP Deep Mine Safety and coal company staff trained in mine rescue and fighting fires, were evacuated safely.

"Our biggest concern is to get the fire put out as quickly as possible and to make sure those inside the mine fighting the fire are safe," said DEP Secretary David E. Hess. "DEP is not aware of any injuries at this time, but we are working with Eighty-Four Mining to have the rescue and fire-fighting staff and equipment needed on site."

Two DEP mine inspectors were already on-site conducting standard inspections when the carbon monoxide alarms went off. DEP's Bureau of Deep Mine Safety sent a rescue truck and bituminous mine rescue employees to the site as a precaution. DEP's Southwest Regional Response Team provided air-quality monitoring and logistical support as well.

Mine No. 84 is a longwall, bituminous coal operation located less than 10 miles east of the borough of Washington.

The fire broke out in a section of the mine that is under Amwell Township, about three miles from the main entrance of the mine. The Pittsburgh Coal seam is approximately 600 feet to 800 feet deep at that point.

About the Author

Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is the former content director of EHS Today, and is currently the EHSQ content & community lead at Intelex Technologies Inc. She has written about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990.

Sponsored Recommendations

Free Webinar: ISO 45001 – A Commitment to Occupational Health, Safety & Personal Wellness

May 30, 2024
Secure a safer and more productive workplace using proven Management Systems ISO 45001 and ISO 45003.

ISO 45003 – Psychological Health and Safety at Work

May 30, 2024
ISO 45003 offers a comprehensive framework to expand your existing occupational health and safety program, helping you mitigate psychosocial risks and promote overall employee...

DH Pace, national door and dock provider, reduces TRIR and claims with EHS solution

May 29, 2024
Find out how DH Pace moved from paper/email/excel to an EHS platform, changing their culture. They reduced TRIR from 4.8 to 1.46 and improved their ability to bid on and win contracts...

Case Study: Improve TRIR from 4+ to 1 with EHS Solution and Safety Training

May 29, 2024
Safety training and EHS solutions improve TRIR for Complete Mechanical Services, leading to increased business. Moving incidents, training, and other EHS procedures into the digital...

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of EHS Today, create an account today!