2009-01-16 Log Strikes Driver

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Water Dump in Central Okanagan
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Okanagan Woodlands, Tolko Industries Ltd
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

 A logging truck driver was struck by a log when removing wrappers. The procedure at the water dump requires that a logging truck’s load be double banded before proceeding to the hoist area, and then the hoist must secure the load before the logging truck driver removes the wrappers (i.e. the load must be secured by both the hoist as well as the double bands before the wrappers are removed).

In this incident, the driver did place two bands on the load before moving forward to the hoist. He then commenced removing the front wrapper before the logs on the load had been secured by the hoist. A 9 inch diameter, 28 foot long log fell off of the trailer, glancing off of the trucker’s hard hat and then striking him in the shoulder, knocking him to the ground. He received minor injuries.


Learnings and Suggestions: 

Procedures were not followed. The procedure at the water dump states that wrappers must remain on the load until the logs are secured by the hoist. To prevent future incidents of this nature, Log Yard Procedures must always be adhered to.


File attachments
2009-01-16 Log Strikes Driver.pdf
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