Close Call: Logging truck's broken reach

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Grand Forks Interfor Mill
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A loaded logging truck was parked in front of the scales waiting to approach. When the driver proceeded to pull up to the scales it became obvious the reach was broken as the back end of the trailer was on a different trajectory from the tractor.

Upon closer inspection the reach was found to be broken inside the housing. This event didn’t result in a highway accident but easily could have.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Ensure that you are performing thorough pre-trips and that mechanical inspections are completed on every truck as regularly scheduled.

Learning Point: The broken reach may or may not have been visible during a pre-trip inspection but it would be beneficial to periodically extend the reach to its full length for a thorough inspection.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Ginny Sorensen at Interfor Grand Forks Division. (250) 443-2459

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