Hazard Alert: Keep shorter logs in the middle of trailer

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
Kalesnikoff Lumber, Thrums, BC (near Castlegar)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2013-09-25
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A self-loading logging truck entered the log yard at the Kalesnikoff Lumber site at 8:00am. The grapple loader operator assessed the load, placed his grapple on top to contain the top of the load, and the truck driver began to release the wrappers. The driver released the front wrapper with no issue and proceeded to the rear.

Once he released the pressure, the top end of an 8 inch diameter log dropped out from the bunk. The loader operator honked his horn, the truck driver was alerted of the danger and tried to get under the cover of the trailer. When the top end of the log hit the ground it bounced, and the butt then dropped from the load, striking the truck driver in the lower back. First Aid attendants and ambulance were called and the truck driver was taken to hospital. Although he sustained a serious back injury, the truck driver is now on the road to recovery.

The distance between the outside of the bunks was 31’ 9” and the log that fell was 32’ 7”. The log had wrapper marks on it and was positioned on the outside of the load. It was raining heavily that day, and the log had been scraped down to the cambium on the bunks. The logging road out of the area where the driver was coming from had a steep downhill section.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Both self-loading truck drivers and loader operators must ensure that all logs on the outside of a load are at least 12” on either side of the bunks. However, if logs of questionable length aren’t placed inside the load, re-assess the load after negotiating steep terrain and alert the loader operator of a risky log before releasing the wrappers.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Dan Zayac, Safety Coordinator, Kalesnikoff Lumber (250) 304-4477

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