Safe Refuge for Hard Rock Mining - MineARC Refuge Chambers

Refuge Chambers (also known as Refuge Stations) form an integral part of an underground hard rock mine’s wider Emergency Response Plan (ERP). Fires, explosions, rock-falls, flooding and the release of smoke and other forms of toxic gas are the types of incidents that occur all too frequently, despite the high levels of planning and the safety precautions in place. In these types of emergencies, when evacuation is no-longer safe or practical, emergency MineSAFE Refuge Chambers are designed to provide a safe and secure ‘go-to’ area for personnel to gather and await extraction.

Hard Rock Refuge - MineSAFE Standard Design

The MineSAFE Standard Design is the world’s most trusted emergency refuge station in metal (hard rock) and non-metal mining; providing personnel with optimum safety features, functionality and performance.

  • Series IV Control System
  • i.V.A.N
  • 8-30 people

Cost Effective Refuge - MineSAFE Essential Design​

The MineSAFE Essential Design Refuge Chamber provides the most cost effective alternative to MineARC’s flagship Standard Design; providing all of the critical features required to sustain life during an emergency.    

  • ELV ED Control System
  • All major life support systems
  • 8-30 people

Shaft Mine Refuge
- MineSAFE Narrow Design

The MineSAFE Narrow Design Refuge Chamber features a slimmer shell, designed specifically to accommodate tight hard rock mining confines such as shaft mines, whilst still providing all of the critical features required to sustain life.

  • ELV Control System
  • Narrow shell design
  • 8-26 people

Portable Mine Refuge - MineSAFE Compact Design

The MineSAFE Compact Design Refuge Chamber is designed specifically for tight mining confines, such as single-entry development headings. It’s compact, ultra-portable design makes it easy to manoeuvre around underground mine sites.

  • ELVP Control System
  • Compact, portable design
  • 4-8 people

Modular Shaft Refuge
- MineSAFE Modular Design

The MineSAFE Modular Design is designed to be easily manoeuverable around sharp corners and within tight mine shafts; it’s modular construction means each section can fit within a cage and then be fully assembled underground.

  • Series IV Control System
  • Modular construction
  • 12-32 people

High Temperature Chamber
- ArcTIC Design

Designed to be a refuge for underground workers in trapped in hazardous, high temperature environments. ArcTIC Chambers are custom engineered to suit any underground mining operation. 

  • Withstands 100°C to 300°C
  • CAMS & Aura-FX
  • 8-24 person

Permanent Crib Room - MineSAFE Permanent Shelter

A MineSAFE Permanent Refuge Shelter is capable of sheltering upwards of hundreds of personnel in an underground emergency, and can also double as break, rest and lunch areas (crib room) during normal operation.       

  • Fully customised for site requirements
  • Cost effective for large shelters
  • 30-500+ people
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Pre-Built Refuge Bay Solution
- MineSAFE Portable Permanent

The MineSAFE Portable Permanent Refuge Chamber is a transportable framework with components vital for safe refuge that can be built in to provide permanent refuge where it is needed most.

  • Series IV Control System
  • Pre-installed bulkhead flange
  • 25-100 people

Mine Paramedic Vehicle – MineSAFE Ambulance

The MineSAFE Ambulance provides a unique solution, with advanced breathable air management, for safe and secure patient extraction by rescue teams from underground and off-road mining environments.

  • Underground mine vehicle
  • Air conditioned rear cabin
  • 2-person carrier plus stretcher

ERT Emergency Response
- MineSAFE Rescue Vehicle

The MineSAFE Rescue Vehicle combines the safety and security of a high-quality refuge chamber with the manoeuvrability of a modern mine transport vehicle.

  • Underground mine vehicle
  • Positive pressure rear cabin
  • 4 person carrier plus stretcher

What is a Refuge Chamber?

MineSAFE Refuge Chambers (also known as Refuge Stations) are sealed, secure, accessible rooms that preserve life through the monitoring and management of essential gas levels for underground mining. CO2 and CO Scrubber technology monitors and eliminates toxic fumes for an extended period to allow the safe extraction of personnel from danger. Refuge chambers are commonly available as permanent and semi-permanent chambers, providing a safe ‘go-to’ area for personnel during an emergency.

MineSAFE Refuge Chamber Comparison Table

Name Capacity * Advanced Digital Control System ** iVAN *** Aura-FX Gas monitoring Modular construction Powerless Portable System **** Air-conditioning 36hrs Battery Backup 5psi Blast Rating *****
  • * Capacity Every refuge chamber is built with a certain rated occupancy in mind. The life support systems are designed to safely house this number of people for the designated duration.
  • ** Advanced Digital Control System All refuge chambers with a Series IV Scrubbing System feature MineARC's unique Advanced Digital Control System.
  • *** iVAN iVAN is an on-board navigation assistant that guides occupants through operational procedures.
  • **** Powerless Portable System MineARC's Powerless Portable System means it can sit stand-alone for extended periods without requiring connection to mains (mine) power
  • ***** 5psi Blast Rating MineARC offers blast rating upgrades to all refuge chambers.