Log hauling accident in changing road conditions

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Burton Forest Service Road – Burton, BC (approx. 30 km’s south of Nakusp)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Kalesnikoff Lumber Co. Ltd. – Woodlands
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

While hauling logs from a logging site at 12km, the truck driver had removed his chains and stamped up around 8km. The grades below 8km where very gentile, however the road conditions had gone from cold dry snowpack to warm wet compressed surfaces. 

When the driver arrived at the crest of a hill at 0.5km he geared down causing the trailer to slide off the shoulder of the road and flopping over. 

Speed was not a factor but the inertia of the trailer going over pulled the tractor over at the same time.  The driver was not injured but received minor bruising.


Learnings and Suggestions: 
  1. Follow safe work procedures requiring the use of chains when road conditions are warranted.
  2. Take note of changing road conditions that might affect the safety for all road users, reporting hazards if required.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information, contact: 

Rob Giesler RFT, Harvesting Supervisor

Kalesnikoff Lumber Co. Ltd. – Woodlands



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