Chipper Catches Fire – Fines in Manifold Ignite

Hazard Alert

Chipper Catches Fire – Fines in Manifold Ignite

A contracted chipper operating in the Brooklyn Energy bark yard caught fire. The most likely cause was sawdust and fines that may have ignited after landing on the manifold. The motor and hydraulic pump were burned. There was no damage to the chipper itself.

The employees operating the equipment failed to see the accumulation of material and did not clean around the manifold. There was a contracted grinder working in the same area as the chipper. According to the contractor, the wind was strong and blowing sawdust and fines in the direction of the chipper, which could have been the source along with fines and sawdust from the chipper.

Recommendations to Prevent a Recurrence

Clean debris from around the manifold every couple of hours or sooner if conditions contribute to sawdust and fines accumulating on or near the manifold. Keep grinding and chipper equipment as far apart as practical.

Goals of the FSSNS

  • Save lives and reduce injuries.
  • Reduce all costs associated with work place accidents.
  • Improve profits.
  • Maintain compliance with regulatory bodies.
  • Manage and establish ownership of industry managed loss control programs.
  • Reduce Workers' Compensation rates.
The Forestry Safety Society of Nova Scotia is registered under the Societies Act of Nova Scotia. It is a separate entity, having a Memorandum of Association and By-Laws. The Society is governed by a Board of Directors, representing all sectors of the forest industry.