HPI Alert #495
Date of Event: 25 January 2017
- Work not identified as ‘Hot Work’ so OSH-134 not implemented – e.g. fire watch
- Risk identified in SWMS but control to prevent sparks was inadequate
- Maintenance schedule for vegetation clearing (3 yearly) not followed
- Alternative equipment should have been used for clearing thick vegetation
- Crew unable to contain the fire
- Crew did not consider blocked route (by fire) in Safe Job Plan.
- Three work fronts with only one fire suppression unit
- Hot, windy conditions and hilly terrain.
- Employee focus was on fire associated with petrol engine (primarily refueling) - not blades
- Three crews using equipment that may cause sparks despite control to ‘Avoid’.
- The Corporation does not have a clear position on management of fire risk during the fire season – outside of the Total Fire Ban days and Catastrophic Fire Rating days
- When conditions and\or equipment change, always review the risk assessment and ensure adequate controls are in place to manage additional risks.
Questions for Leaders
- How do we plan for and manage the fire risk associated with our activities on any days that are not rated as Total Fire Ban and/or Catastrophic Fire Rating Days?