Close Call: Logging truck spills load of cedar

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
Chase, BC (Shuswap region)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2013-04-30
Company Name: 
Interfor - Adams Lake Division
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A logging truck loaded with long cedar logs was travelling south. As the truck negotiated a corner, the inside tires of the jeep (an additional axle assembly on the trailer) went off the pavement and into the ditch. The truck continued around the corner and as the tires of the jeep came out of the ditch and up the 7” asphalt lip onto the pavement, this action caused the truck to shift slightly outward.

The driver then lost control of the vehicle as the load tipped over and spilled into the oncoming lane (see photo in attached pdf).

A lowbed truck & trailer unit travelling in the oncoming direction was able to stop in time and avoid being hit by the logging truck and/or its spilled load.

Some potential factors that likely contributed to the incident:

1. Truck speed and driver error (not keeping truck trailer tracking on pavement)

2. Being unfamiliar with hauling cedar (lighter wood, higher center of gravity)

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Check your vehicle speed around sharp corners.

• Always consider the load you are hauling. Lighter wood (such as cedar and dry pine) has a higher center of gravity.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Erik Kok, Interfor (250) 679-6842

File attachments
Close Call: Logging truck spills load of cedar.pdf
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