The new Cat Operator on my crew was training today on a Waggoner loader. I think it was his second time on the loader. After about an hour operation it caught fire while he was in the cab. He had to try to put the loader out of operation and evacuate while engulfed in flames. Literally had to leap from the Heavy Equipment while it is on fire. He made it safely but was shaken up. Thank God he was not on top of chip pile.
The Evergreen Fire Brigade and Samoa Peninsula Fire District did a great job in containing the fire. Oh yes, I was the first on site responder reporter.
I have also had to bail off a loader, and was in fact injured in a Heavy Equipment accident years back, and was permanently injured from the incident. That is the trade off of sometimes working in a dangerous environment. They don't just pay us these wages for nothing. This is a sobering reminder.
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