Reach cable fails during trailer loading

Safety Alert Type: 
Heavy Equipment
Grand Forks, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

While attempting to load a trailer at a trailer hoist, the truck driver noticed the reach was not in position. The truck driver came out from the protective structure operating area to manually push the reach into position.

While standing to the left of the reach, the reach cable failed, and the trailer reach struck the truck driver in the left wrist and leg before hitting the ground.

The impact resulted in a fractured wrist and soft tissue damage to the leg.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Do not put yourself ‘in the bite’
  • Call for assistance when upset conditions occur
  • Complete pre & post trip inspections on logging trucks, and correct identified issues
  • Schedule routine maintenance tasks to replace worn cables
  • Do not leave the protected structure while trailers are elevated.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Kait Baskerville, Kootenay Operations. Email:




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