Trucking Close Calls in Winter Conditions

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Southern Interior region
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Kalesnikoff Lumber Co. Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A self-loading log truck had shown up later in the day for a load of logs. The driver had been in contact with a second truck that had passed by, regarding road conditions and the number of chains being used earlier in the day.

While heading up, it started to snow heavily. The driver loaded his truck on a steeper section (15% with a 3% out-slope). He finished loading his truck and left his loader Jib over his unsecured load.

Shortly after starting to roll, the trailer slid out. The driver picked up a gear and corrected the slide only to have it slide off the road the next time he applied the brakes (see photo in attached pdf)

The driver did not sustain major injury but did suffer bruising, sore joints and a stiff neck.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Even though the truck & trailer were chained up, drivers should be continually assessing the changing weather and road conditions. If continuous maintenance coverage is not provided, consider putting on additional sets of chains, loading on lower grades or even not returning for additional loads.

In this case, the truck was equipped with a front bunk release but it did not release, causing the tractor to flop on its side. The loader unit placed over the load as well as load binders not used may have contributed to the bunk failure.

Drivers should ensure all equipment is working properly and safe work procedures around storing the loader unit does not conflict with the safe operation of any safety devices.

There have been several close calls during changing weather conditions, with most incidents occurring when temperatures range from 0 to -2 degrees Celsius on compact snow.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

More Information: Kalesnikoff Lumber Co. Ltd 250-399-4211

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