Roadside harvesting work creates numerous hazards

Safety Alert Type: 
Booming and Towing
Northern Interior region
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There have been multiple incidents recently reported involving equipment working along mainline roads with inadequate signage and/or radio communication.

Drivers have been unable to contact the feller buncher operator because they are only monitoring the contractor’s private radio channel. These drivers on mainline roads not aware that falling activities are taking place.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Potential Hazards

  • Falling timber and/or logging debris landing adjacent or directly on the road surface.
  • Passing vehicles driving too close to heavy machinery operating nearby.
  • Inadequate communication when vehicles can’t alert machine operators that they are approaching and require access.
  • Surprised or distracted drivers due to unexpected machinery or debris, which could result in a more serious incident.

Preventative Actions

As per WSBC Regulation sec 26.14.3 effective traffic control must be in place whenever vehicles on a road in a forestry operation are required to drive through a hazard area or through a safe work area.

  • “Effective traffic control” will require either signage, radio communication, flag person, or even physical barriers if necessary.

All heavy equipment must be monitoring the road channel at all times when working alongside active roads, which includes RR channels when working beside mainline roads.

Consider adjusting falling pattern to fall areas along roadsides in sequence during low traffic times and when supervisor, or designate, is available to direct traffic.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Tyson von den Steinen, Canadian Forest Products Ltd. (250) 962-3229 Tyson.vondenSteinen@canfor.com


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Safety_Alert-Canfor-Roadside Harvesting Hazards-June 30-2017.pdf
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