Logs slide off truck several times in winter conditions

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
near Kaslo, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2012-02-08
Company Name: 
Reitmeier Transport
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A logging truck was proceeding slowly down an 18% grade with a load of dry pine. Many of the logs were buckskins and some had frost and frozen snow stuck to them. The load had been loaded properly and was wrapped with two binders.

As the driver proceeded down the grade, a log came loose from the side of the load, coming to stop at the bullboard. The driver called for the loader (which was nearby) to replace the log. The loader and truck had to operate on the steep road grade because the truck could not proceed as is. During that process, a 40-foot log slid off the top of the load and ended up on the road in front of the truck.

After the logs were once again in place, the binders were cinched down tightly and the truck continued down the grade. After only a short distance, two more logs slid off, going over the cab of the truck.

The final logs were put back into place, the binders tightened yet again and the truck continued down the steep grade for 2km to the highway. At the highway, the binders were checked and retightened and the truck continued without incident to its destination.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1. Ensure that all loads, especially those that might have slippery logs, are crowned and binders tightly cinched down.

2. On loads that have suspect slippery logs, such as buckskins or those with fresh sap, frosty or snowy logs, consider using three binders even if there are no steep grades. A sudden stop on the highway could result in logs slipping out of the load.

3. When a load contains suspected slippery logs, if possible move ahead at a slow speed and try to test the load by suddenly applying brakes to see if anything might be loose.

4. Prior to travelling down a highway or other high-use road, always check and re-tighten the binders.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Rick Johnson, Reitmeier Transport 250-365-9983

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