2008-10-23 Log falls on truck driver

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Southern Interior
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Alturus Equipment Corp.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A logging truck had just been loaded at the landing; it was early and dark and the loader operator could only see his side of the truck. Another truck had just arrived to get loaded so the driver of the loaded truck threw the front wrap over the load, tightened it, and moved about three truck lengths ahead to clear the landing for the second truck. He checked the load and noticed one top log that seemed to be askew, but decided it would be safe to throw the second wrap. When the driver threw the rear wrap and tried to tighten it, it seemed to be snagged so he gave the wrap a good flick to clear the hang-up. He could feel movement in the wrap and, realizing that a log was probably moving attempted to run clear of the truck.

A small diameter 7.5m pine log fell off the top of the load, hitting the ground and pivoting into the driver. He was struck on the head before he could clear.

Fortunately, he received only mild concussion and a few stitches and returned to work a week later. He was wearing his personal protective equipment at the time.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1. Wrap the load twice before leaving the landing.

2. Direct drivers to have the loader adjust suspicious logs before wrapping.
3. Avoid short logs on top or place them in a secure lay.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

 Alturus Equipment Corp.

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