Lack of situational awareness creates a close call between log loader and log truck

Location: 
413.5 km 484 Road – 1 hour north of Prince George
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2011-09-21
Company Name: 
Stones Bay Holdings Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A loader operator had finished the log deck he was working on. When he attempted to cross from the bank he was at to a new log deck, he assessed the ground conditions around him and decided it was solid enough to move.

He attempted to go down the ditch in front of the truck he was loading and started the move. His low track sank slightly into the mud as the high track drove over a stump. This caused the machine to lean towards the log truck in “slow motion”. When the machine stopped moving, it was leaning towards the truck and had damaged the sleeper, the cab and the exhaust stack.

The operator of the machine was positive that the ground was solid and had made this manoeuvre many times in a day. The machine was forced in a position to lean toward the truck because the ground was soft on the low side and there was an unseen stump on the high side, which compounded the problem.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

The operator chose to leave the completed deck for the next deck but went too close to the log truck. He should have crossed the ditch in a location where there were no log trucks, pick-up trucks or other equipment parked.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Stones Bay Holdings Ltd. 250-996-8912

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