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Log Hauling

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
Soatwoon Lake on Vancouver Island
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-04-15
Company Name: 
K&D Contracting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Road crew was in an end haul situation, utilizing two rock trucks. One of the trucks was pulled off the road, waiting in a turnout for the other truck to pass. The driver of the parked truck was completing some of his paperwork and although had noticed the other truck further up the road was not watching as the distance between the two trucks closed. The loaded truck was full with end haul materials as well as a large stump, with one of the lateral roots of the stump sticking out of the rock truck box quite far. The driver was not aware of this protruding root. Upon passing the parked truck, the root struck the parked truck’s mirror, pushing it into the driver window and smashing it. The concussion from the impact broke the passenger window as well, as both windows had been rolled up. The driver of the parked truck was showered with broken glass resulting in numerous small cuts to both his face and left hand. The driver of the struck rock truck was cleaned up, crew held an on-site investigation.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Drivers to be aware of the characteristics of their loads,
  • Drivers to travel at safe speed as determined by road conditions, limitations of the trucks, driver’s experience, and load characteristics.
  • Drivers to keep volume level of music radios low so not to negatively impact driver’s ability to hear company communications.
  • All employees to ensure, “Mind On Task.”

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

K&D Contracting Ltd.

File attachments
2008-04-15 Root Struck Parked Truck.pdf

Log Hauling

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
6 km south of Port Alberni on the Alberni Highway #4, at ‘The Hump’.
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-03-27
Company Name: 
Ward's Contracting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The main boom on the self-loading logging truck failed as the driver, in the controller’s seat, was preparing to unload his trailer. The boom was near its maximum height and the center of gravity was over the controller’s position. The pin at the base of the boom sheared. The boom wavered out of control, then collapsed and began to fall toward the controller’s position. The controller saw what was happening and managed to move quickly out of the way (to the roof of the cab) to avoid injury.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

The sheared pin was replaced, as well as other pins in the boom that showed any signs of wear. The pin assembly was reinforced by means of plates welded to either side of the assembly to retain the pin as well as retain the integrity of the structure should such a pin failure reoccur. This followed the procedure outlined by other BC operations who have had similar experiences. In addition, in future, once this reinforcement procedure has been completed, visual and magniflux examinations will be performed immediately and every six months thereafter on this and other critically located pins on this equipment.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Don Wilshere,
Ward’s Contracting Ltd.,
Port Alberni (250) 723-2220

File attachments
2008-03-27 Main Boom Failer While Unloading Trailer.pdf

Log Hauling

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
Powell River
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-04-15
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Semi trailer loaded with rolls of bundling wire was turning off the hiway onto side road. The tie down on the 3rd row of bundle wire broke and allowed the rolls to move back and put excessive pressure on the other rows.

The securement on the back row broke and fell off the trailer. The road way had about a 5% grade, so the rolls, rolled down the hill. One came to rest under the rear of a flat bed truck. There was minimal damage to the flat bed truck.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  1. Use securement devices that are adequate for the cargo being carried.
  2. Make sure the trailer is designed for the type of cargo being carried.
  3. Make sure you know what cargo you are loading and have the proper materials to transport safely.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Reg Evans
Safety Coordinator
Goat Lake Forest Products
604-485-2078

File attachments
2008-04-15 Bundle Wire Broke.pdf

Log Hauling

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
Vernon BC – Ingram Creek
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-10-18
Company Name: 
BC Timber Sales
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On October 18, 2007 a non-injury accident occurred on one of BCTS’s cut blocks. A large green spruce tree, from a small WTP blew over and hit the engine compartment of an empty logging truck causing approximately $ 35,000 of damage. Prior to the event, the tree was assessed by the logger and was deemed to be a healthy green tree and not a safety hazard.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Whenever practical, in the planning phase, minimize susceptibility to windthrow or locate reserve timber at least one and one-half tree lengths away from travel corridors or work areas (landings). In situations where this is not possible, consider falling or stubbing windthrow susceptible trees that may impact a travel corridor or work area. Other considerations in interface areas may include deferment or alteration of operations during high wind events.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Jerry Wearing (250) 558-1700

File attachments
2007-10-18 Tree Snaps and Hits Logging Truck.pdf

Log Hauling

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
Polar mill, at 206 km
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-01-18
Company Name: 
Stones Bay Holdings
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On January 18, 2007 an off highway load was delivering to the Polar mill. At 206 km he was cleared by an empty truck which had cleared on an outside corner of the road. As the loaded truck rounded the corner the tree length logs on the load swept and made contact with the empty truck. During the investigation 50% of the loads on this road were of the length that you would be at risk clearing at this location. There were no injuries and only minor damage to the empty log truck.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  1. On hauls involving off highway loads, empty vehicles should not clear on outside corners.
  2. At this particular junction there is a channel change and highway crossing less than ½ km before where the incident occurred. Empties should call empty to determine if there are loads close prior to crossing the highway.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

108 Douglas Avenue, Box 1599 Fort St. James, BC V0J 1P0

Phone [250]996-8912

File attachments
2008-01-18 Side-Swiped Loaded Logging Truck.pdf

Log Hauling

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
DOC 097 (19.5 on the 300 Road) to Canfor’s PG Sawmill
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-01-30
Company Name: 
LTN Contracting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On January 30, 2008 at approximately 7:00 AM a contract log hauler (Burke Purdon Enterprises Ltd.) was transporting a load of logs from DOC 097 (19.5 on the 300 Road) to Canfor’s PG Sawmill.

Approximately 10 KM after leaving the loader, the driver noticed six logs hanging outside the pup trailer bunks on the passenger side. The driver put an extra wrapper over the logs, placed flags on the outlying logs and proceeded to haul the load to PG Sawmill. The driver did not notify either of LTN’s on-site supervisors.

Upon arriving at the mill, the scaler notified the Log Yard Manager. The truck was parked immediately and Canfor notified LTN of the truck being parked.

LTN’s Operations Manager was contacted and traveled over to the mill to examine the load with Canfor’s woodlands safety officer. Upon inspection and review with the driver, it was determined that the load had shifted forward approximately 6 to 8 inches, from bottom to top.
While examining the load, it was noted that the logs that fell out of the bank bunk had shifted forward, but that the front end of some of the logs were hanging over the front bunk by at least 18 to 20 inches. Bunk spread was 12.5 to 13 foot and the un-bunked logs appeared to be 16 and 20 foot long. Measurement of log length was not completed due to danger of logs falling. It appears that if these logs had been centered on the bunks they would have shifted, but may not have fallen out of the rear bunk.

There were no injuries and no damage from the incident.

The BPEL driver had been audited by LTN on January 29, 2008 and was found to be a competent worker and knowledgeable of the licensee and company rules and guidelines.
Contributing factors include:

  • The shifting of the load due to a build up of snow and ice on the bunks, combined with cold conditions and snow covered logs;
  • Loading logs too close to the bunks when not forced to do so; and,
  • The lack of preparation / situational awareness following the logs coming out of the bunk.

 

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  1. The drivers are professional and should be aware of unfavorable conditions and react to these conditions accordingly. Remind log haul drivers that snow covered logs are prone to shifting when placed on snow and ice covered bunks. Drivers, when noting the snow and ice build up on the bunks, should use their axe or shovel to clear the snow and ice off the bunks. This will allow firm contact between the logs and the bunks and minimize the potential for log shifting.
  2. Loader operators are to square the loads on the bunks and center the logs as best they can. If centered, the logs can shift forwards or backwards with minimized risk of falling out of the bunks.
  3. Remind all workers (including logging crew, log truck drivers and other road users) that dangerous conditions can come to exist at any time of the work day. When coming across a previously identified hazard, the Worker should control the hazard or access to the hazard as best possible and contact their supervisor. Work should cease immediately. Work should not continue until the hazard is removed or controlled and the Supervisor has given the Worker notification that it is safe to continue work.

 

File attachments
2008-01-30 Shifting Loads.pdf

Log Hauling

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
2025.5km near Farwell Canyon
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-01-17
Company Name: 
Westline Harvesting
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On January 17, 2008 one of our empty logging trucks was involved in a collision with a loaded tridem hayrack logging truck at 2025.5km near Farwell Canyon. Our empty truck saw the loaded truck coming to the corner and pulled over to his side of the road and brought his truck to a complete stop. The loaded truck failed to remain on its own side of the road as it rounded the corner, and its trailer contacted our empty truck causing extensive damage to the driver’s side (bumper, fender, cab and lead bunk) of the empty truck. The loaded truck sustained no noticeable damage. There were no injuries in this incident. However, the incident had the potential to cause a serious injury and/or a fatality.

ROOT CAUSES:

  • Loaded truck did not remain on own side of road.
  • Driver of loaded truck failed to monitor and compensate for the off-tracking of the tridem hayrack trailer.

 

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Always ensure that you remain on your own side of road.
  • Drivers must monitor trailer off-tracking (especially tridem hayracks), and keep them on own side of road.
  • Suggestion was made to implement “Mandatory Call Points” at critical locations such as this corner.
  • Report all incidents and close calls to your supervisor.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

David Whitwell at 250-392-4822

File attachments
2008-01-17 Loaded Truck Collides With Empty Tuck.pdf

Log Hauling

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
Prince George Woodlands
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-01-31
Company Name: 
Canfor
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On Janaury 30, 2008 a log truck driver was transporting a load of logs north of Prince George. Approximately 10 km after leaving the loader, the log truck driver noticed six logs hanging on the outside of the pup trailer bunks on the passenger side of load (see pictures below). Driver indicated during interview that he first tried to pull the logs off the load by hand in order to make the load safe. Driver said that he wasn’t able to pull the logs off load, so he decided to put on an extra wrapper over the logs and placed flags on the outlying logs. Driver indicated he felt it was safe to continue to haul the logs into PGSAW mill because he had put on the extra wrapper and due to the fact logs were on the passenger side of truck rather than drivers side of truck. The load was hauled in this unsafe condition for approximately 60 km (25 km on logging roads and 35 km on a paved public highway).

The load was clearly in an unsafe condition when examined at PGSAW. Luckily this load was hauled into the mill with no incident or injuries. This load could easily have caused a very serious accident on either the logging road or the highway if the logs had dislodged from the load.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

The Prince George Woodlands Safety Committee would like to share some key learnings/messages from this very serious unsafe hauling incident.

1. All drivers must immediately STOP hauling if a load becomes unsafe during transit. Load must be fixed prior to the continuation of hauling.

2. Never attempt to pull an unsafe log off a load. Serious injury could result by completing this unsafe act.

Reminder: No load of logs is so important that we must endanger the lives of the public or fellow road users to get it delivered.

Please park your truck immediately and get the load corrected before continuing.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Neil Spendiff – Woodlands safety Coordinator

File attachments
2008-01-31 Unsafe Hauling of Logs.pdf

Log Hauling

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
Km 634 on 600 Merton Road
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-01-09
Company Name: 
Lo-Bar Log Transport
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

At 1:15 pm on January 9/08, Lo-Bars’ truck #324 was traveling loaded on the Merton 600 Rd. A log truck hauling pulp short logs entered the 600 Rd. at 650.5 km, about 3 km behind truck #324. At this point, the drivers of the 2 loaded trucks entered into a verbal agreement that the 2nd log truck would remain silent and rely on the lead truck to let him know if he met any empty traffic.

At km 634, truck#324 met Lo-Bars’ truck #321, who had pulled out to clear #324. Truck #324s’ driver called “634 – both ways”. Truck #321 pulled back on the road & traveled to 635.5, where he met the silent loaded log truck. Truck #321 was forced into the ditch to avoid an accident, and the silent log truck carried on by, not calling or stopping to see if the empty truck & driver were OK.

It appears the silent log truck driver missed the “634-both ways” call, which would have been his only opportunity to learn of oncoming traffic.

This incident clearly illustrates why all loaded trucks must call for themselves, if not in a convoy of less than 1 km spacing.

This was discussed at a Driver Safety Meeting at Lo-Bar on Saturday, January 12/08 to reaffirm to our drivers the necessity of consistently following the radio calling procedures and encouraging other road users to do so.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

All road users must call for themselves if not in a convoy of less than 1 km spacing. Follow radio call procedures at all times.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Lo-Bar Log Transport Ltd.

(250) 563-8640

File attachments
2008-01-09 Close Call Bewteen Empty and Loaded Logging Trucks.pdf

Log Hauling

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
20.5 km on Salmon FSR
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-01-04
Company Name: 
Lo-Bar Log Transport
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

At 11:45 am on January 4/08, a Lo-Bar truck was traveling loaded on the Salmon FSR. The log truck came down the hill at 21 km and then proceeded around a corner at the bottom of the hill. When the driver came around the corner there was an oil bucket on the road. The log truck driver thought the oil bucket was a log; so he touched his brakes in order to slow down to avoid the object. The trailer pup ended up kicking out and caught some snow on the shoulder of the road. This sucked the trailer into the ditch and flipped the unit on its side. Road conditions were slippery at the time of incident.

The log truck driver had his seat belt on and ended up with a strained shoulder muscle when he released himself. The incident could have been much more serious had driver not been wearing his seatbelt.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Driver was traveling faster than corner could handle especially due to slippery roads conditions. All road users need watch their speed and drive to the road conditions.
• Reminder to all road users to ensure that items are secured in your vehicles so that they don't blow out onto the logging roads and create hazards for others.
• Reminder to all road users to take the extra time to stop and pick up any debris on logging roads that may create a hazard to others traveling on the road. Someone picking up the oil pail on the road may have prevented this incident from occurring.
• Expect the unexpected at all times.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Lo-Bar Log Transport Ltd.

(250) 563-8640

File attachments
2008-01-04 Loaded Logging Truck Hits Ditch And Rolls.pdf
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