Log truck driver pinned between reach and suspended log

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Holberg Forest Operation (Northern Vancouver Island)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Western Forest Products Inc.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A log came off a loaded logging truck and was suspended by the binders outside the stakes. To remove the log, the rigging charge hand decided to buck the log to free it from the load.

The charge hand worker was positioned under the load between the log and the trailer reach. When the cut was made, the log came free unexpectedly and slid down the binders and pinned the worker between the trailer reach and the log.

Learnings and Suggestions: 


Learnings & Suggestions:

  • Loading – Review current hauling procedures making it mandatory that all loads require binders & cinches regardless of load height & the presence of hand-tied bundle wires. Truck drivers to check load prior to leaving the landing, as well as at designated stops to check for load shift.
  • Self-Trigger – recognize your state of mind BEFORE making a mistake greatly reduces your chances of making a critical error. Are you rushing? Frustrated? Fatigued?
  • Position for task – never put yourself in the bight. Recognize where the line-of-fire is; are you in it? What could be coming at you? What’s behind you?
  • Risk & Hazard ID – recognize not only the hazardous situation, but the frame of mind being in an upset condition can put a person in. You know you can do it, but should you?
  • Upset conditions – when a situation arises that is out of the norm workers must recognize that they are in an upset condition. Stop, analyze, and make a plan.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information contact: Chris McAllister, EHS Advisor (250) 203-0613; Ron Boe, EHS Advisor (250) 735-0231

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