Trailer reach failure leads to load of logs spilling from tipped trailer

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
British Columbia
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The log truck driver was not familiar with the ANSER Trailer Reach operation, and overextended reach. The air lock system pin on the trailer did not lock into the telescoping reach and the only thing holding the telescoping reach together was the Reach Stops. However, the Reach Stops were not of adequate strength and the trailer broke free, flopped onto its side, spreading logs onto the pavement and ditch. This was a single vehicle incident with no injuries.

Potential Hazards:

  • Loss of control of vehicle
  • Trailer or load could cause a multi-vehicle accident
  • Potential for injury or fatalities


Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Reach Stops should be of adequate strength to prevent trailer separation
  • Telescoping reaches should be inspected at every Trip Inspection and maintained as per the manufacturers’ specifications
  • In some cases, a secondary set of safety chains may be required (as pictured in the attached pdf)
  • Drivers should be trained on the correct operation of trailer reaches.


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