California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Informational Summary Report of Serious CAL FIRE Injuries, Illnesses, Accidents and Near-Miss Incidents
Private Hire Bulldozer Rollover – Non Injury
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setting. The fire was spotting in areas due to winds, steep slopes and receptive fuel beds.
As the dozer operator took action along the road, he observed the fire had extended below the
road at a bend.
The operator attempted to flank the fire and tie a dozer line in between the two
The operator stated the visibility was very poor due to heavy smoke lying down
in the area.
The operator stated as he began to climb uphill to tie the line in, the slopes became
Due to the steepness of the slope, the operator made three unsuccessful attempts to
connect the line to the upper portion of the road.
On his third attempt to connect the line, the operator encountered a log in his path. As the
operator attempted to move the log, his dozer slid perpendicular to the slope, reducing the dozer
The operator then stated he attempted to make his way off the slope. As he
moved down the slope, he encountered a soft spot of soil which caused him to slide a short
distance downhill (approximately 10 feet).
The operator stated the slide caused his downhill tracks to settle on a loose root wad mass.
The operator said as he began to move the dozer the root wad mass acted like a fulcrum and flipped the dozer onto its side/top. The operator said he shut the dozer off and waited to ensure the dozer was done moving. Once he was confident it wasn’t moving any further, he released his seat belt and exited the dozer without any further incident.
|2006 John Deere 750J|
ICS Type II dozer