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Log Truck rollovers on public roads

Safety Alert Type: 
Paved Roads
Location: 
Vancouver Island
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2019-09-06
Company Name: 
Mosaic Forest Management
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

So far in 2019 Mosaic has had 2 log trucks rollover on public roads, spilling their loads and impacting multiple lanes of traffic. In both cases no one was injured but they both had the potential for serious or fatal injuries to the drivers and members of the public. The root cause in both of these incidents was driving too fast.

Hauling logs on resource and public roads is a very demanding job that requires a combination of skill, experience, and good judgment to perform safely. While you cannot control how others on the road drive, it is critical that everyone drives in a manner that gives them the best chance to react to changing conditions or circumstances. Despite this many of us have a hard time not driving a little faster than we should. This extra speed takes away the wiggle room we have to react when another factor impacts what we are doing.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Review with all drivers of commercial vehicles and pickups the need to slow down and drive to posted speed limits and road conditions. Mosaic is in the process of outfitting all log trucks with an on-board GPS system, that in part will collect speeding and other driver behaviour metrics to give feedback to the drivers.

In addition some other recommended actions are:

  • Have all commercial vehicle drivers receive training in vehicle dynamics (for example the Anatomy of a Rollover course) specific to the type of vehicle they are driving
  • Ensure drivers are competent and qualified for the type of truck configuration and driving conditions they will encounter with a proper on-boarding and training program
  • Have all drivers be assessed through the BC Forest Safety Council driver endorsement program.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Tammie Wheeler, Safety Coordinator Tammie.Wheeler@MosaicForests.com

File attachments
Hazard_Alert-Log_Truck_Rollover_MosaicFM_Sept-6- 2019.pdf
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