The importance of keeping your rig clean: Log truck inspection reveals bunk mount failures “hidden” under road grime

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Campbell River, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Fearless Contracting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Fearless Contracting self-load truck was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident involving a log truck from another company which had lost its load.

While recovering the load, the driver noted that the cause of the accident seemed to be a weld failure on the bunk mount pad and reported this to his supervisor.

Mechanics were instructed to thoroughly inspect all trucks and in the process found one with a cracked weld developing on the mounting bracket.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Thorough daily inspections by drivers supported by mechanical inspections are critical to ensure safe operation of a log truck
  • Regular washing is essential to reveal potential failures.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Ken Fear, Fearless Contracting Ltd. (250) 286-6630

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