Log Hauling

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Km 634 on 600 Merton Road
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Lo-Bar Log Transport
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

At 1:15 pm on January 9/08, Lo-Bars’ truck #324 was traveling loaded on the Merton 600 Rd. A log truck hauling pulp short logs entered the 600 Rd. at 650.5 km, about 3 km behind truck #324. At this point, the drivers of the 2 loaded trucks entered into a verbal agreement that the 2nd log truck would remain silent and rely on the lead truck to let him know if he met any empty traffic.

At km 634, truck#324 met Lo-Bars’ truck #321, who had pulled out to clear #324. Truck #324s’ driver called “634 – both ways”. Truck #321 pulled back on the road & traveled to 635.5, where he met the silent loaded log truck. Truck #321 was forced into the ditch to avoid an accident, and the silent log truck carried on by, not calling or stopping to see if the empty truck & driver were OK.

It appears the silent log truck driver missed the “634-both ways” call, which would have been his only opportunity to learn of oncoming traffic.

This incident clearly illustrates why all loaded trucks must call for themselves, if not in a convoy of less than 1 km spacing.

This was discussed at a Driver Safety Meeting at Lo-Bar on Saturday, January 12/08 to reaffirm to our drivers the necessity of consistently following the radio calling procedures and encouraging other road users to do so.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

All road users must call for themselves if not in a convoy of less than 1 km spacing. Follow radio call procedures at all times.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Lo-Bar Log Transport Ltd.

(250) 563-8640

File attachments
2008-01-09 Close Call Bewteen Empty and Loaded Logging Trucks.pdf
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