Wormald provides vital fire protection at Boral quarries
Quarry sites see a vast number of mobile plant and equipment being operated every day; loading and unloading goods and transporting materials. Inadequate or improper fire protection in this highly specialised sector can, in the case of a fire, expose workers to extreme dangers, lead to potential loss of life, damage equipment and assets, and cause extensive downtime. All quarry vehicles and mobile plant should be fitted with suitable fire suppression solutions.
Leading fire protection specialist Wormald works with Boral Construction Materials to supply, install, service and maintain the fire suppression systems on Boral’s quarrying mobile plant and equipment. Wormald has been working with Boral Construction Materials since 2009 and currently services 57 of Boral’s quarry sites throughout Australia. Boral is one of Australia's leading quarry operators throughout the country.
According to Michael Sax, Procurement Manager with Boral Construction Materials, “With the hazardous nature of quarrying operations, safety is a high priority and Boral is committed to providing safe and secure working environments for all staff. We have been working with Wormald for many years and the Wormald team continues to provide fire protection systems and service to a common standard. One of the key advantages is that Wormald operates in many locations throughout the country so we are confident of consistency in service levels across all of our sites.”
Wormald’s vehicle fire suppression systems are designed to provide vital fire risk management for quarry mobile plant and equipment. The systems are developed to suppress fires occurring in key risk areas such as the engine compartment, transmission and hydraulic areas of all kinds of mobile plant and machinery. The vehicle fire suppression systems provide early detection and warning allowing extra time for the driver or operator to safely evacuate, while also quickly suppressing the fire to help minimise damage to the vehicle.
Wormald installs and maintains its Foam Water Spray Vehicle Fire Suppression (VFS) System on mobile plant and equipment at the Boral sites. This includes trucks, loaders, drills and excavators in addition to some of Boral’s dredges and generators. Before the installation of any VFS system, Wormald provides a formalised fire risk assessment that is in accordance with Australian Standard, AS 5062-2006: Fire Protection for Mobile and Transportable Equipment. This assessment assists in identifying fire hazards and determining the level of fire risk in order to offer the most appropriate VFS system to target such fire risks for a particular vehicle type that is to operate within its specific environment.
Wormald’s Foam Water Spray Vehicle Fire Suppression System is ActivFire listed to be compliant to AS 5062-2006. This VFS System features high pressure and small droplet nozzles which target fire risk areas such as the turbo charger and starter motor in the engine compartments. The system utilises the fire suppressing and containment features of Aqueous Film Forming Foam. In the event of a fire, a continuous stream of foam water spray is discharged to rapidly suppress flames and dramatically cool hot surfaces. At the same time, the generated foam acts to smother fuel and oilspill fires, helping to prevent re-ignition.
Wormald services and maintains the fire suppression systems on Boral’s mobile plant and equipment in accordance with the requirements in AS 5062-2006 for inspection and testing schedules for such vehicle fire suppression systems. This servicing assists in ensuring the systems are in working order in the event of a fire.
“Quarry mobile plant and equipment generates significant heat and, with the potential for onboard goods to add to the fuel load, the risk of fire while in operation can be extremely high”, said Steve Oxley, Wormald’s National Product Manager (Vehicle Systems). “The vehicle fire suppression systems installed on the Boral vehicles provide effective fire risk management to help ensure the safety of Boral’s personnel who operate this high end plant and machinery. Our Wormald team carries out regular maintenance and servicing of our VFS systems to validate their functionality so that they are ready to operate when most needed.”