Bill was considered a professional driver and worked with the loader operator to build a safe load for every trip. He let the loader operator know about any log that wasn’t sitting properly in the bunks or a log that looked unstable when he was crowning the load. Bill knew that logs coming off the top of loads had seriously injured drivers in the past.
- Develop a plan for safe loading and hauling operations. Everyone on site should know the communication procedures and the locations of safe zones.
- Drivers must stay in a safe zone while being loaded. This is usually inside the cab or in front of the truck. When you are getting out of your truck, let the loader operator know before you exit.
Securing the Load
- You can reduce the wear and tear on your joints by having the loader drape the wrappers over the load. View the video in the Resources section for more information.
- Follow written Safe Work Procedures when the loader drapes the wrappers. For example:
- Lay out the wrappers in an easy place for the loader to grab them and keep clear during draping. Do not hand-feed wrappers to the loader.
- Check that the loader has secured the load before tightening wrappers.
- Don’t be in a rush to get off the block. If you are throwing your own wrappers, let the loader finish before you begin. When hauling short logs it may be tempting to start wrapping up while the loader loads another set of bunks. Don’t do it! The few seconds you may save can cost you everything.
- Watch for logs that have shifted in transit. Logs can come off the top of the load when tightening wrappers or getting unloaded.
Communication and Teamwork
- Loader operators and drivers must confirm the loading and communication procedures before the work starts. Avoid surprises, talk about the plan and make sure both people understand it.
- Make sure the communication signals are clear and consistent. If you’re using the radio to communicate, make sure it is working well and the transmissions can be easily understood. If using the horn, confirm that everyone understands the signals.