Logging Equipment Loss Due To Fire
BACKGROUND: On a logging job in the Lake States Region during February, an operator of harvesting equipment had blown a hydraulic hose. He called for assistance from a skidder operator for a tow to the landing where the equipment could be repaired.
PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: The experienced business owner has been logging for nearly 50 years. This was the first time in his career that he experienced an equipment fire.
UNSAFE ACTS AND CONDITIONS: A blown hydraulic hose leaked a flammable fluid that came into contact with a hot surface.
ACCIDENT: While operating the equipment, the machine operator noticed a hydraulic hose had blown. The hose leaked a hydraulic fluid that was ignited when it contacted a hot surface. The operator and several other workers attempted to put out the fire with multiple fire extinguishers but were unsuccessful.
INJURY: No injuries resulted from the equipment fire. The machinery was a total loss that significantly impacted the production and profitability of the logging business.
FIRE PREVENTION FOR LOGGING EQUIPMENT:
- Identify ignition sources on logging equipment. Hot engines, electrical faults, and exhaust surfaces are considered “hot spots.”
- Schedule preventative maintenance to inspect machines for worn parts. Aging equipment may need to be inspected more often.
- Debris from logging, such as leaves, branches, and sawdust, can accumulate on hot surfaces. Inspect these areas several times throughout the day. Shut down the machine and clean debris from hot surfaces if found. Common spots for debris accumulation are belly pans, side shields, and access guards.
- Check for a buildup of grease, oil, and fuel from leaks or spills.
- Implement a proactive review of electrical systems and wiring components. Log inspections and monitor the frequency of inspections.
- Keep fully charged fire extinguishers on board the equipment.
- Shut down equipment before fueling.
- At the end of the day, remain on site for 15-30 minutes to monitor machinery for fire ignition.
- Consider installing an onboard fire suppression system.
Supplied by Forest Resources Association
When the initial Pick your Promo promotion was launched earlier this summer, the folks at BARKO—from sales and marketing, to operations and finance—braced themselves for a dramatic increase in retail activity. By the time the initial promotion timeline had elapsed on July 31, the BARKO team was all-but hyperventilating. The response to the promotion was even more enthusiastic than the team had originally anticipated…
The arson-caused Tiger Island Fire in Louisiana is the state’s largest on record at 31,000 acres and was 50% contained in early September, according to news reports. The wildfire is one of almost 600 wildland fires that have burned in the state in…
Have A Question?
Send Us A Message