Hydraulic spill and clean up

hydraulic spill,enviromental clean up
spill site
So this happened overnight. The CAT MTL is being repaired by local CAT rental dealer. Pins and bushing on quick attach are being replaced. The QA plate was removed and sent off to re-bore the holes for new bushings.

In doing that, the local repair tech apparently did not have the proper plugs to cap off the hyd lines. Since it was only going to be a few days, I guess he figured it was safe to just use a shop rag and some electrical tape. Anyway, almost 2 weeks later the machine is still waiting for the QA plate to be returned. The last two days of hot weather must of done some magic trick to the hyd lines as today when I walked by I noticed the spill. It covers about a 5×10 ft area.

I called the CAT dealer and they came out. Clearly their fault. Tonight they put on shop made caps, and then had to move the machine and that required to top up the hyd fulid. I had a 20L bucket of hyd fluid here that I let them tap into. They poured in the entire bucket and it still didn’t bring the fluid up to read on the gauge but there was enough yo move the machine. They estimate 30L spilled.

Tomorrow they will be back with their equipment themselves to clean up, or they might have to bring in a clean up company. Either way, I’ve requested certified tests that there is no more contaminate in the soil before they fill in the hole they dig.

hydraulic spill,enviromental clean up
spill site
hydraulic spill,enviromental clean up
spill site

Jul 23:

Clean up in progress and completed.

hydraulic spill,enviromental clean up
progress
hydraulic spill,enviromental clean up
completed

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A Newfoundland born Canadian with a life long interest in woodworking, baking and anything else that peaks my curiosity.

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