WorkSafeBC begins renewed focus on log truck inspections across the province
Increased focus due to five fatal logging incidents year to date in 2016.
A full review of the Forestry High Risk Strategy logging truck inspection checklist with special consideration for:
Seat belt use (in at least two of these incidents it was apparent that the failure to wear a seatbelt was a factor).
Proper loading and load stability (log trucks rolling over on corners is often compounded when loads are over height and the weight is not properly distributed).
Load securement (in one of the incidents the log truck lost its load and a member of the public was also fatality injured).
In addition, WorkSafeBC has asked Forestry Officers to communicate with the local RCMP/Police Forces and Licensees in their areas about monitoring log trucks for speed and travelling too fast for road conditions, as this appears to be a common factor in a number of recent tragic incidents according to WorkSafeBC.