Processor Burns – Flammable Debris in Engine Cab

Hazard Alert

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.

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.