Rock found on top of log truck load

Safety Alert Type: 
Yarding and Loading
Three Valley Gap, Kootenays
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Gorman Group
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A short hemlock load was in a wood product manufacturer’s log yard to be unwrapped / unloaded when the operator noticed a large rock on top of the front bunk (see photo in attached pdf).

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Safety Concern: the rock is near the front of the bunk, at the top of the load and is not secured. There was potential for the rock to bounce free and fall off the load at any point in the journey from the block to the mill. Potential for damage to the truck / trailer, loading / unloading equipment, damage to other vehicles on the roadways, or serious injury / fatality to worker(s) or general public.
  • General Concern: a small amount of debris (bark and branches) is common in loads and is often unavoidable. Rocks are not acceptable in any load. While this was one rock on one load, a rock of this size placed on the load where it was, is an indicator of the care and attention taken at the cutblock with all loads.
  • Loader operators need to inspect the load before it leaves the bush as the log truck operator cannot see what is on top of the load.
  • Licensee has contacted and forwarded the pictures to the contractor regarding this issue. Licensee will have a face-to-face meeting with the supervisor and Loader Operator that loaded this specific load.


For more information on this submitted alert: 
File attachments
Hazard Alert-Rock found on top of log load-Gorman Bros-July 23-2019.pdf
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