Communication is vital on fast changing weather and road conditions

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
14.5 km Owl Head Forest Service Road (near Sicamous, BC)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2013-10-28
Company Name: 
Gudeit Forest Products
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A log truck driver in first haul position headed empty up to the block. Road conditions were clear with frozen mud rutted areas due to muddy conditions prior.

From experience and driving the road prior, the driver assessed that one set of chains would be sufficient. After loading and beginning his descent down to the mill, he came upon an icy patch that was in a leaning bend in the road (it had become icy due to all the traffic on the road that followed up behind him). Also, fast changing weather conditions on this road are normal and were an issue.

The tandem quad axle unit slipped in this bend and the force and weight of the trailer pushed sideways over the bank causing the truck to roll over one full revolution along with the trailer (see attached pdf for photo).

The driver sustained injuries from which he is recovering at home.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Experienced driver to not only assess road conditions on the way up to but to factor in road traffic and weather changes that are very common on this road.

• Emphasize communication with other drivers on the road prior to descending the block as to how current conditions of the road are, to determine if more chains would be required.

• Road maintenance to grade out mud ruts so trucks don’t get stuck in them and so they can grab shoulder gravel for traction.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Gudeit Forest Products (250) 542-2325

File attachments
Communication is vital on fast changing weather and road conditions.pdf
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