Date of Occurence: 2013-07-30
Sadly, the BC Forest Safety Council has learned of a direct harvesting fatality that occurred on July 30, 2013. A log truck driver was fatally injured by logs that fell from the top of a loaded truck.
This incident is still under investigation so the detailed information and causes have not been released.
This is the 3rd log truck driver fatally injured in 2013.
Below are some guidelines relating to log truck and loader operations that should be reviewed with your crew to help prevent future incidents:
- Develop a plan for safe loading and hauling operations. Everyone on site should know the communication procedures and the locations of safe zones.
- When being loaded, drivers must remain in a safe zone. This is usually inside the cab or in front of the truck.
- The driver and the loader operator work together to build a stable and safe load. While in the cab, the driver has a different view and can advise the loader operator over the radio.
- Good communication between the driver and loader operator is extremely important. If a message or signal is unclear, ask for the information again.
- Be aware of hazards that are created by gravity. What can fall, roll, shift or move to put workers at risk?
- If the wrappers are being placed by the loader, the driver needs to remain in a safe zone. The loader may come into contact with the load and logs may shift or fall.
- Most loading and hauling operations take place in remote locations. A good Emergency Response Plan and regular drills will help with a quick and efficient response should an incident occur.