Processor Burns – Flammable Debris in Engine Cab
Processor Caught on Fire / Flammable Debris in Engine Cab
A processor operator noticed that the hydraulic system was slow and not working well. He stopped processing and then noticed smoke and flames coming from under the engine compartment. The operator immediately activated the fire suppression system, which just slowed the fire. He then opened the engine compartment door to try to suppress the fire with a 20-lb extinguisher but was unsuccessful in putting out the fire. The porter operator used his 20-lb extinguisher but couldn’t put out the fire either. The processor burned; the only thing left undamaged on the processor was the head.
A hydraulic hose leaked fluid on the manifold and ignited combustible material (debris) in the engine compartment.
Recommendations to Prevent a Recurrence
– Check hose condition regularly and replace as required.
– Ensure engine compartment is kept free of oil, debris, and other flammable materials.