2008-11-13 Radio Communication Close Call

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
Princeton, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-11-13
Company Name: 
Weyerhaeuser
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On the morning of November 13, 2008 a loaded and empty log truck passing one another narrowly escaped a collision. Each driver had communicated their position to the other but there was a mis-understanding over which turn out they would use to safely pass. The loaded truck’s tri-axle steering tires caught the edge of the ditch and caused the trailer to lay over against the cut slope. The truck was also partially over, sitting at about a 45 degree angle to the road.

Due to the previous wet weather the area had experienced, the ditch was softer than normal which prohibited the truck from pulling the trailer through the ditch. While there were no injuries due to the close call, there is the potential for severe injury to both drivers and the incident still results in a net financial loss. The financial loss breaks down as follows:

1. Machine time to walk/unload/re-load/remove truck from ditch = $1000
2. Pick-up with helper = $300
3. Bush fix on truck = $200
4. Lost wages due to missed load = $625
5. Total cost = $2125

Potential time saved = less than 1 minute.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

 While both drivers had properly communicated their locations and their

planned passing location, all vehicle drivers must adhere to the rules of the road which state:

“Empty vehicles are to clear loaded vehicles using pullouts well in advance of meeting oncoming vehicle(s) and give notice that they are now clear.”

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Peter Forbes, RPF

Logging Supervisor 

Weyerhaeuser

(250) 295-4294

File attachments
2008-11-13 Radio Communication Close Call.pdf
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