A four man logging crew was working at a site in the Ark‐La‐Tex region in mid‐July. The temperature was 99° F at noon with a heat index well over 100°F. The crew was having some trouble with their feller‐buncher. It was over‐heating and causing delays in productivity. Around 3 p.m., the machine began to stall again. The operator got out of the cab to work on the machine. As he dismounted, he saw flames coming from under the hood. There was an extinguisher in the cab, but the operator was leery of reentering the machine. He signaled a co‐worker to bring him another extinguisher. The operator remembered to use the PASS procedure to extinguish the fire. He aimed at the base of the fire and swept the hose back and forth. Fortunately, the fire did not spread to surrounding trees or brush. No one was injured; however, the machine did suffer significant damage.
Take Home Message:
Remember to PASS.
Check the SW Center website frequently for new factsheets: http://www.swagcenter.org/resourcesforestryfactsheets.asp
Disclaimer and Reproduction Information: Information in NASD does not represent NIOSH policy. Information included in NASD appears by permission of the author and/or copyright holder. More