Extreme Weather Conditions - Log Truck Flop-over

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
Princeton, BC area
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2011-11-14
Company Name: 
Weyerhaeuser - Princeton Timberlands
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On this day, Princeton-area operations experienced a severe winter weather event. Although 74 loads of logs were safely delivered to the mill, the load in the photo (see attached pdf) was not.

 In this incident, the driver steered wide to avoid a recently parked truck going off the “beaten track” into the fresh snow.

Unfortunately, the traction in the fresh snow was extremely slippery and the trailer slipped into the ditch, flipping the truck onto its side. The driver was not injured and was able to spend the night with family and friends.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Some Learnings from this Event include:

• Contractor principles / supervisors / haulers monitoring conditions and discussing whether the hauling phase should be shut down. In this case, the hauling phase was shutdown, with the truck in the photo (see attached pdf) being the last truck.

• Several log haulers personally made a choice based on conditions to park their trucks in the bush and co-workers were more than supportive ensuring they got a lift home.

• Log haulers were diligently and openly sharing information on road conditions and driving diligence.

• Even experienced drivers can be caught by these conditions.

• Traction on the “beaten track” is completely different than off the “beaten track”.

• As conditions and circumstances change so quickly, always use your RADAR to:

  • Recognize the risks
  • Assess the situations
  • Adjust your driving accordingly
  • Share risks and hazards with other road users

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Norman Druck, R.P.F. Operations Superintendent, Weyerhaeuser Princeton Timberlands 250-295-4244

File attachments
Extreme Weather Conditions - Log Truck Flop-over.pdf
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