Close Call/Serious Incident: Truckers must ensure glad hands are correctly hooked up

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Cahilty (approximately 50 km's NE of Kamloops)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A loaded logging truck was driving down a hill (10% grade) and attempted to turn a corner. The driver tried to slow down by braking but the tires locked up and he was unable to steer. The truck slid off the edge of the road and into the far ditch, which caused the truck and load to tip over causing damage to the truck but no injuries to the driver.

The truck and trailer had just recently had a major overhaul and passed inspection. There was no fresh snow and the road was in good condition. The driver was experienced (10+ years) but it was his first load after returning from an extended absence.

Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the glad hands were hooked up incorrectly, resulting in no braking ability on the trailer.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Correctly install glad hands and mark glad hands so it is obvious as to how to plug them in correctly.
  • Inspect connections prior to leaving the landing.
  • Ensure drivers are familiar with changes/modifications on trucks.
  • Ensure returning workers have received adequate training.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Erik Kok

Interfor - Adams Lake Lumber


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