2009-02-17 Driver Struck By Log Debris

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
WestLine Harvesting
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A log truck driver was struck in middle/lower back by a piece of log debris (rat tail) which dislodged from a grapple full of wood being loaded onto the pup trailer of his truck while he was leaned over the neck of his pup trailer, hooking up the air lines from the lead trailer to the pup trailer. The log truck driver was not seriously injured, but missed 1 day of work as a result of this incident. However, this incident had the potential to cause a serious injury or fatality. The investigation revealed that both loader operator and truck driver, in an attempt to save time, failed to follow the Safe Work Procedures for this job.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • All workers must follow written Safe Work Procedures.
  • Truck drivers are to remain in the cab of their truck or in a safe, visible location in front of their truck when active loading operations are occurring.
  • Truck drivers must get verbal clearance from the loader operator, prior to proceeding behind the cab of their truck to address their load and/or rigging.
  • The loader operator must stop all loading activities if a worker or person enters the active loading area / danger zone.
  • Whenever possible the loader operator should not swing to the boom side of the machine, due to the blind spot created by the loader boom.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

 Dave Whitwell at (250) 392-4822

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