Log Hauling

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
20.5 km on Salmon FSR
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-01-04
Company Name: 
Lo-Bar Log Transport
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

At 11:45 am on January 4/08, a Lo-Bar truck was traveling loaded on the Salmon FSR. The log truck came down the hill at 21 km and then proceeded around a corner at the bottom of the hill. When the driver came around the corner there was an oil bucket on the road. The log truck driver thought the oil bucket was a log; so he touched his brakes in order to slow down to avoid the object. The trailer pup ended up kicking out and caught some snow on the shoulder of the road. This sucked the trailer into the ditch and flipped the unit on its side. Road conditions were slippery at the time of incident.

The log truck driver had his seat belt on and ended up with a strained shoulder muscle when he released himself. The incident could have been much more serious had driver not been wearing his seatbelt.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Driver was traveling faster than corner could handle especially due to slippery roads conditions. All road users need watch their speed and drive to the road conditions.
• Reminder to all road users to ensure that items are secured in your vehicles so that they don't blow out onto the logging roads and create hazards for others.
• Reminder to all road users to take the extra time to stop and pick up any debris on logging roads that may create a hazard to others traveling on the road. Someone picking up the oil pail on the road may have prevented this incident from occurring.
• Expect the unexpected at all times.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Lo-Bar Log Transport Ltd.

(250) 563-8640

File attachments
2008-01-04 Loaded Logging Truck Hits Ditch And Rolls.pdf
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