Snowy conditions leave hayrack trailer on its side

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
Southwest of Houston, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2013-03-14
Company Name: 
Andy Meints Contracting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On a very snowy day a loaded logging truck pulling a hayrack trailer was about to leave the block, bound for the weigh scales. While still in the block, the driver approached a corner but couldn’t turn because it was so slippery.

The driver backed up a couple of times to get his front end to come around but it was jack-knifed on the passenger side. Because it was jack-knifed the front of the trailer didn’t have stability, and the front end of the trailer tipped over, pulling the rest of the trailer over onto its right side.

The truck wasn’t pulled over so there was only damage to the trailer (two stakes and two fenders on the passenger side). The truck was able to eventually pull the now-empty hayrack back to town.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Slow down around corners in snowy/slippery conditions

• Make sure corners are very well sanded

• Prepare yourself for any kind of weather

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information contact: Ashlee Meints (Andy Meints Contracting Ltd.) at ameintscl@telus.net or (250) 845-7319

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