Brattice ventilation curtains for mining and tunnelling: protection from toxic and flammable gases

2 March 2020 (Last Updated March 2nd, 2020 10:23)

Brattice ventilation curtains are an essential method of controlling airflow in underground tunnels and have been in use since the 1800s.

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Brattice ventilation curtains are an essential method of controlling airflow in underground tunnels and have been in use since the 1800s. Following the 1969 Coal Act, mines are required to have an adequate ventilation plan in place to ensure the safety of miners.

The most common toxic gases in mines are carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, as well as flammable gases such as methane and hydrogen. The presence of these flammable and toxic gases in mining areas populated with workers or equipment at risk of getting hot or causing sparks can prove fatal. Methane and coal dust explosions have been the cause of some of the most devastating mining disasters and underground miner fatalities, so quality brattice ventilation curtains are a key priority.

Carroll Technologies, a leading supplier of mining safety equipment for more than 800 mines across the US, offer the industry a range of ventilation solutions.

“Ventilation curtains are provided to us by Bluefield Manufacturing,” explains Carroll president Allen Haywood.

“This product is used in all underground mining applications to properly ventilate, to channel airflow throughout the mine and supply fresh air to areas of the mine that it’s needed and remove contaminated air where it needs to be removed. It’s used in any type of mine that this needs to be accomplished.”

Bluefield’s portfolio of mining ventilation curtains is tear-resistance and designed to withstand a wide range of temperatures. The lightweight brattices curtains are manufactured from a woven or double laminate polyethylene material, with customised transparency and material size. Clear material offers greater transparency for safety and heavier material curtains are designed for areas with high volumes of air.

Carroll supplies a range of Bluefield ventilation curtain products, including but not limited to:

  • Brattice 25 inch by 60 inch(C1199Y25X60-PLA)
  • Frosty clear ventilation curtain (C1199C30X50GSP)
  • Crystal clear fly pad ventilation curtain (C2511-12X75)
  • Safety yellow-coloured brattice curtain (C1199Y25X70-PLA)

For more information about customised ventilation solutions call 606-573-1000 or send and enquiry here.

 

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