SERIOUS INCIDENT: Brand new truck suffers steering pump failure while hauling logs on Highway

Safety Alert Type: 
Vehicles
Location: 
Golden, BC (Trans-Canada Highway)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2014-01-02
Company Name: 
Dale Henderson Hauling Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On January 2nd, driving a loaded logging truck on highway #1 east of Golden, the driver went to make a left hand corner and the steering wheel locked up. This caused the truck to go straight towards the ditch, using immense force the driver was able to stop and pull over. Once stopped the steering in the vehicle began to work again, the driver moved the truck to a safe spot on the road to complete an inspection of the problem. The driver proceeded to drive the truck back to Golden after the inspection, unloaded the logs off the trailer and then had it towed to Freightliner of Cranbrook to fix the problem that occurred.

The truck was a brand new 2014 Freightliner log truck on its first haul, all appropriate pre- works were done and nothing was found incompetent on the truck. After visiting Freightliner of Cranbrook we learned the brand new steering pump had failed and needed replaced.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Findings - This was an unforeseen problem and there was no way of knowing something like this could occur on a brand new vehicle. Preventative actions to take place are to always continue to do pre-checks before a day’s work begins. This close call could have resulted in a very serious accident if it wasn’t for quick thinking and proper driving techniques of a skilled driver.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Contact your local heavy truck sales & service centre.

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