While truck fires may not be as rampant as bus fires, the National Transport Insurance in Australia reminds the trucking and supply chain industry that they are incredibly costly and inconvenient.
During the Transport and Maintenance Conference in Melbourne, transport and logistics risk engineer Adam Gibson noted that engine and cabin fires are the most common starting point for destructive truck fires.
Adam Gibson shares that while it is virtually impossible to eliminate all potential risks for engine bay fires, there are still a lot of fundamental failures and errors which could cause disaster. He also shares that electrical fires caused by poor education and training need addressing in the workshop.
Truck fires between 2009-2013 reached 12% of significant losses and in 2017, decreased to as much as 8.1%. The numbers may have reduced, but truck fires still have implications for the truck driver, associated business, and especially road users.
National Heavy Vehicle Regulator vehicle safety and performance manager, Peter Austin, stresses about preventive maintenance. He shares that the bus industry is now ahead in maintaining clean engine bays. According to him, the bus industry has matured very quickly in this regard.
Still, the truck industry has more things to improve. For example, with inappropriately rated electrical components being used to save a few dollars. While business owners can spare a few dollars, the risk of electrical fires can reach up to a quarter-million dollars.