Logging truck loses load - Driver fatigue a possible cause

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
Tower Creek Forest Service Road - East Kootenays (90 km's north of Galloway)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2011-08-26
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

It was approximately 5:00 a.m. on this summer morning when a loaded log truck left the landing on the Tower Creek Forest Service Road in the East Kootenays. The truck had travelled about 100 metres when the pintle hitch came undone, causing the trailer to go over the bank and spill its load of logs. The trailer being used was a tri-axle.

Upon initial investigation it was discovered that the safety chains were not attached to the eye of the trailer. Driver fatigue may have played a major part in this incident.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Driver must inspect and ensure the pintle hitch is fully locked and that safety chains linking to the eye of the trailer are done up before loading commences.

Drivers are also to inspect the hitch to ensure that something is not jamming it, all the more important in snowy, icy and muddy conditions.

Log truck drivers are urged to make sure they get enough rest before the next day's work begins. Never go to work when you're dead tired!

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Ray Rybachuk 250-425-5334

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