TACKLING MOBILE PLANT FIRES
Approved factory-fitted or retrofitted fire suppression systems are readily available, from companies such as Dafo, for heavy handling equipment. Burnt-out wrecks of equipment parked up awaiting an insurance assessor or an occupational safety officer to inspect them remain an all too familiar sight in port terminals.
Insurance industry figures indicate that 50% of all fires on mobile plant are due to poor maintenance. The main cause of fire is fuel, hydraulic fluid, lubricants or built-up flammable deposits leaking on to hot surfaces.