Trailer loader malfunction damages log truck

Safety Alert Type: 
Heavy Equipment
Port Angeles, WA
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Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A log truck driver was loading his trailer at the trailer loader. The current setup requires drivers to use foot pedals and a pike pole to maneuver the trailer into position.

The trailer got hung up on the stakes causing the hitch to swing down and contact the cab. The driver was unable to stop this action as he could not remove his foot from the down switch before the damage occurred, in addition to the actuator intermittently sticking.

Upon further investigation, there was mud buildup near the foot pedal actuator that was causing intermittent sticking. The driver was wearing appropriate hiking boots.

The resulting damage was a broken windshield, broken fiberglass on cab and a bent deflector.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • All lifting equipment should be appropriately inspected and maintained
  • A monthly cleaning preventative maintenance (PM) will be created to ensure housekeeping standards are kept.
  • The foot pedal toe cap will be raised by a ½ inch
  • Stay clear of the bite - never get under elevated loads.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Sean Murphy, EHS Coordinator  Sean.Murphy@interfor.com

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