The Trucking Advisory Group (TAG) was established in January2014 by key forest industry representatives in response to a cluster of log trucking incidents that occurred in the late summer/fall 2013.
TAG’s objective is to improve log hauling safety performance within the forest industry. In general, safety performance within the industry has improved significantly throughout British Columbia since 2005. In 2010, the reductions plateaued, and in 2011 and 2012 the injury and fatality rates have increased. In 2013 and 2014, we have seen a higher than normal number of on highway logging truck incidents, as well as a high number of trucks spilling their loads off highway. TAG has been formed to facilitate the efforts of industry to shift safety back to an improving trend.
The TAG structure consists of both a task team and steering team. The task team works directly on determining safety issues and trends that need to be addressed within the log hauling sector, formulates specific objectives to address identified concerns and defines a set of actions to achieve the objective. The task team reports to the steering team for verification of the objective(s), and action plan(s). The steering team is tasked with providing direction to the task team and aiding in key recommendations and initiatives being implemented within the industry. The BCFSC supplies facilitation and ongoing support to the TAG. TAG has initiated the following actions:
- Development of a data acquisition and analysis strategy aimed at improving our understanding of safety issues and trends within the industry as a whole.
- Investigation and development of training programs for log truck drivers, log loaderman and supervisors in managing for and reducing rollovers. To address this, 32 Anatomy of a Rollover training sessions and 4 Standard of Care Sessions were conducted across the province in 2014 and 2015. Further sessions to be conducted in 2016.
- Development and implementation of overweight management programs.
- Improve overweights management by actively working with CVSE on the development of a provincial mill slip program.
- Development of best practices for and expand the use of log truck telematics to monitor and improve driver performance/human factors and improve cycle time accuracy.
- Development of seat belt use objective for consistent application across TAG operations and raise awareness regarding the importance of seat belt use.
- Participate in the development of log truck driver training and mentorship programs and options.
- Development and Implementation of speed management activities across TAG operations.
- Work with provincial regulatory agencies such as CVSE and WSBC to improve log hauling safety through careful review of regulatory requirements and associated guidelines.
- Investigate levels of fatigue within log hauling sector, determine contributing factors and actions to address.
- Development of a communications strategy and related communications that inform stakeholders of industry’s safety initiatives and its ongoing commitment to continuously improve safety performance.
Terms of Reference
TAG Best Practice: Telematics
TAG Objective: Overweights
TAG Objective: Seatbelt Use
TAG Procedures: Data
TAG Procedure: Measurement of Success
- Kerry Douglas, West Fraser Mills
- Nick Arkle, Gorman Bros Lumber Ltd.
- Larry Price, Interfor
- Peter Baird, Canfor
- Barry Gladders, Tolko
- Mike Falkiner, BC Timber Sales
- David Elstone, Truck Loggers Association
- Wayne Lintott, Interior Logging Association
- Jeffrey Rebsmaag, Conifex
- Craig Tilander, BC Timber Sales
- Scott Marleau, Gorman Bros.
- Jerry Mooney, Tolko
- Ken Pedersen, Canfor
- Erik Kok, Interfor
- Shawn Clarke, Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd.
- Scott Marleau, West Fraser Mills
- Jason Stafford, BC Timber Sales
- Vern Woods, Log Truck Technical Advisory Committee
- Marty Hiemstra, LoBar Log Transport
- Jeffrey Rensmaag, Conifex
- Ron Volansky
- Gwen Hetherington, BC Timber Sales
- Dave Kent, Weyerhaeuser
- Dustin Meierhofer, Director, Transportation and Northern Safety
To provide comments, input or feedback, please email the group at TAG@bcforestsafe.org.