Log truck bunk straps should be closely inspected

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
Nootka Island (west coast)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2013-11-07
Company Name: 
Nootka Sound Timber Company Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A log truck driver left the landing with a full load and proceeded downhill. As the truck rounded a switchback about 550 metres from the landing, the driver heard a noise come from the front bunk and saw part of the load spill as the bunk strap broke.

On initial inspection, the bunk strap looked to be in good shape but upon closer inspection a couple of strands at the quick-connect knob had deteriorated, causing wire to become crystallized and weakened.

A new strap was installed and the truck was reloaded.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• The toggle connection and anchor knob are weak points and require more effort to inspect, as they’re often covered in dirt and also hidden by the bunk frame. Extra time must be taken to free the strap ends and clean away dirt to visually asses wire for rust, rot and wear.

• Drivers should inspect strap daily, paying special attention to the toggle and quick-connect knob ends.

• Document these inspections on trip inspection forms and record on the time card whenever a stake strap is changed or a repair has been made.

• Share this information with all log truck drivers during tailgate/crew meetings.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Nootka Sound Timber Company Ltd. (250) 830-2292

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