Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Blue Sheet: Dozer 4242 Slow Roll Over last week

BLUE SHEET
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
CAL FIRE
Preliminary Summary Report of Serious CAL FIRE Injuries, Illnesses, Accidents and Near-Miss Incidents

Dozer 4242 Slow Roll Over
Vehicle Accident
September 23, 2009
Guiberson Incident– Wildland Fire
CA-VNC-054871
Accident Review Incident Number
CA-CSR-000083

This Preliminary Summary Report is intended as an aid in accident prevention, and to provide factual information from the first 24 hours of the accident review. To that end it is published and distributed within a short time frame. Information contained within may be subject to revision as further investigation is conducted, and other reports and documents are received.

SYNOPSIS

The following information is a preliminary summary of an incident that occurred during wildland fire suppression activities in which a CAL FIRE bulldozer slowly rolled onto its side into a drainage.

NARRATIVE

At approximately 0130 hours on September 23, 2009, CAL FIRE Dozer 4242 was operating on the Guiberson Fire in the Fillmore area of Ventura County. While widening and improving a fire access road, the dozer operator was working along side of an overgrown drainage when the embankment gave way causing the dozer to slowly roll onto its side. The operator was able to release himself from the dozer and climb up the embankment to the road.

There were no injuries. The operator was wearing all appropriate PPE and his seat belt restraints were in use.

The bulldozer was removed from the drainage later that day and inspected. There was no significant damage to the equipment and it was returned to service.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMMEDIATE REVIEW
  • Seatbelts and restraints must be utilized at all times whenever vehicles and equipment are in motion.
  • Operators of equipment must maintain situational awareness when working in unfamiliar surroundings
  • When visibility is reduced, operators should scout the area from the ground prior to proceeding into the area.

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