Load of logs spills on busy public road but no cars hit

Safety Alert Type: 
Paved Roads
Location: 
Penticton, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2013-12-23
Company Name: 
Rod and Doug Webber Logging Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A logging truck with short logs on jeep and trailer heading north out of Penticton was proceeding around a right curve below posted speed limit when the load overturned, spilling logs over all 5 lanes of the highway.

This is normally a very busy corner and by sheer good luck, there were no vehicles hit by the logs. Substantial damage was sustained by the truck and the driver received minor injuries.

On examination, it was found there were 3 broken bolster-to-scale pad bolts allowing the load to tip when turning the corner (see photo in attached pdf).

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Part of every pre-trip inspection should include checking all visible bolts which could have prevented this incident before it happened. Any loose bolts should be replaced immediately.

With the added stress on the metal, there is too much risk of non-visible stress fractures to justify trying to retighten the loose bolt.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Rod Webber (250) 212-2037

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Load of logs spills on busy public road but no cars hit.pdf
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