Log slips from load at dryland sort as binder is released, truck driver unhurt but startled

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Shoal Islands dryland sort (Crofton, BC)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
TimberWest Forest Corp.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A log truck driver arrived at the Shoal Islands dryland sort on southern Vancouver Island, and proceeded to the de-strapping station to remove the binders from his load.

The driver released the back binder without issue and then moved to release the front binder. As the front binder was undone a 10-metre long, 50cm diameter fir log came off the top stake and swiftly rolled down the outside of the trailer.

The front binder did not completely release, instead catching and containing the log as it fell to bunk height beside the load (see photos in attached pdf).

Fortunately the log truck driver was unhurt but certainly started by this close call. Upon further review it was noted that the log may not have been fully contained by the truck stake at time of loading, or had shifted slightly during transport – possibly a result of sap running.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Truck Drivers: Look up and visually check your load prior to and during transit from the woods. Re-assess prior to releasing the binders at de-strap stations.

• If any logs appear unsecured, the truck driver should be aware of the need to use a machine for assistance or to call for help before releasing any pressure on the binders.

Loader Operators: Be certain that logs are fully contained by the truck stakes prior to trucks leaving the woods.

• It is important that loads are properly constructed from bottom to top. That includes proper bunk load, appropriate stake pressure and all logs fully contained by bunks and stakes.

• Short logs should not be “cradled” unsecured on tops of loads.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

TimberWest Forest Corp., Nanaimo, BC (250) 716-3700

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