Forestry Equipment Fire Response

Topic: Forest Products
Date: October 4, 2023

Nancy Rigby, BITCO Home Office Technical Specialist, Risk Control

Reduce the Risk of Fire and Be Prepared to Battle a Blaze

Equipment used in the forestry industry has a high risk of being damaged or destroyed by fire due to the "fire triangle" components: oxygen, heat, and fuel. The best way to prevent equipment fires is to regularly remove accumulations of debris from all areas of the equipment. Take time to prepare your crew on ways to reduce the risk of fires and how to be prepared if one does occur.

Equipment Fire Response Training

Safety training is crucial to preventing fires when working with forestry equipment. When training workers on equipment fire response:

  • Ensure all operators have read the equipment manual for each machine for operation and safety
  • Create a plan of action to manage fires
  • Include the importance of early detection
  • Instruct on the proper use of fire extinguishers and water tanks
  • Regularly inspect and maintain fire extinguishers and water tanks to ensure they are ready to use

Good Practices to Use When a Fire Erupts

In the event a fire does occur, workers must be prepared. The first step in responding to a forestry equipment fire is immediately shutting off the engine and removing any fuel sources from the area. Doing this stops the flow of pressurized fluids. Next, sound the alarm for help and warn others to evacuate the area and move to a safe location.

Spray extinguishing material at the base of the fire if it is safe to do so. Continue efforts with water tanks to extinguish burning debris on and around the equipment.

Don't forget to report the fire immediately to your supervisor, local authorities, and insurance agent or company.

In conclusion, responding to a forestry equipment fire requires quick thinking, effective communication, and proper training. Keep in mind that safety is always the top priority. For more forestry jobsite safety tips, contact your BITCO Risk Control Consultant. Click the button below to find an agent near you.

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