Close Call/Serious Incident

Location: 
4.25 km ‘R’ FSR (125 km’s NE of Prince George)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2011-01-12
Company Name: 
Stones Bay Holdings Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A sub-contracted processor was walking his 2005 Volvo Limit Processor from the drop-off point to the worksite. There was a very strong headwind as the machine made the 3 – 4 km walk to the worksite. 

It is suspected that a wiring short in the engine compartment started a fire. The operator was unaware of the fire as the wind fanned and blew the flames and smoke away from the operators view. When smoke caught the eye of the operator, he moved the machine to a safe location on the side of the road and then the check engine light came on and the engine quit. He then called on the radio to say that his machine was on fire and grabbed a fire extinguisher. At this time, the foreman arrived and used his extinguishers to action the fire; however, fuel and hydraulic lines had burnt off and was feeding the fire causing it to grow out of control. After 4 or 5 extinguishers were spent, there was no chance of putting out the fire that was consuming the processor machine.

Causes:
An electrical short/mechanical failure is suspected as the origin of the fire. The long walk to the new worksite with winds blowing against the machine fanned the fire while keeping it out of the view of the operator. 

 

Learnings and Suggestions: 

It is unknown how long the fire had been burning before it was noticed. More frequent monitoring of the engine area and a fire suppression system may have assisted in eliminating the total loss of the processor machine.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information, please call Nicole Allan at Stones Bay Holdings Ltd. at 250-996-8912

 

Careers | Contact Us | Top | Privacy Statement | Terms and Conditions |
Copyright © 2008-2017 BC Forest Safety Council. All rights reserved.
|