Close Call/Serious Incident

Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

During operation, tilt cylinder eye broke off on a CAT TK722 Feller Buncher. Machines safety cable worked and no injury or damage was done.
If the safety cable failed, the car body could have flipped off track frame resulting in major damage to machine and possible injury to operator.
Upon investigation, a crack was found on the cylinder, causing it to break. This crack was not visible by the operator

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Even though machines are inspected daily, a more thorough check may be necessary. Removing the grease from around pins and bushings, will make any cracks in that area visible, preventing this type of incident from happening.

File attachments
2007-08-20 Tilt Cylinder Eye Broke Off.pdf
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