T.E.A.M Promotes Fire Safety
— Robin Barker, engineering administrator
In 2001, a small group of insurance and risk management companies based in the southeastern United States, led by Forestry Mutual Insurance Company in Raleigh, North Carolina, recognized that the timber harvesting industry they served was suffering from significant personal injury, property damage, business upheaval and financial loss due to the all too frequent occurrence of logging equipment fires.
In a bold approach, an invitation was extended to a wide cross section of companies and organizations within the logging and insurance industry including state logging associations, fire investigators, equipment dealers, insurers and manufacturers to come together and generate solutions.
Initial discussions were understandably reserved as the various parties assessed their positions and roles. However, progress accelerated as everyone quickly realized the need to provide a clear, actionable and united direction to reduce the frequency and severity of equipment fires. It was at this time that the newly formed industry association adopted the name, Timber Equipment Applications Management (T.E.A.M.).
The goal of T.E.A.M. is to promote the prevention of equipment fires by raising awareness and education so that the participants in any logging operation can focus on adhering to their own best practices. For logging contractors this means enhanced operator training and strengthened machine service programs. For equipment dealers this translates to increased service technician education and improved maintenance procedures. Actions for equipment manufacturers include revised machine designs and upgraded assembly processes. And equipment insurers can contribute through increased education and enforcement of logging operation compliance standards.
T.E.A.M. has produced a Fire Alert warning label and a single page, fire prevention check list as well as a fire education computer presentation. In late 2011, all of this earlier work came together with the release of a 30 minute video called TEAM Fire Safety.
This video explains:
• How combustion works
• What causes a logging equipment fire
• Fire dangers in the woods
• How a fire can spread
• How to reduce the potential of a fire
• What is a fire Emergency Management Plan
A copy of the T.E.A.M. Check List and TEAM Fire Safety DVD are included in the document information package supplied with every new machine shipped by Tigercat. For additional copies, ask your local Tigercat dealer.