NT WorkSafe recently issued a safety alert highlighting the increased risk of fires in mobile plant and heavy vehicles when maintenance or modification work does not follow the recommendations of the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).
The alert was issued following a number of notifications regarding fires starting on mobile plant on mine sites, or heavy vehicles operating on the road networks.
Fires present a potential safety risk to the operator and nearby workers, and in some of the incidents, the mobile plant or heavy vehicle has suffered significant damage or been destroyed.
The alert said investigations into the various incidents have found a number of maintenance or modification related factors contributed to the fires including:
The safety alert subsequently recommended a number of required actions: