Trailer axle breaks while being towed

Safety Alert Type: 
Grand Forks, BC area
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Strathinnes Forestry Consultants
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

While driving along the highway to work towing a snowmobile trailer, a squealing sound was heard coming from the trailer.

The workers pulled their truck over at the bottom of a Forest Service Road to inspect the trailer and noticed the right wheel had come loose and was resting at an angle on the axle. The bearings had seized, causing the wheel to lock up while the hub of the axle broke off and was welded to the tire rim.

It was noted that the bearings had been changed four months prior.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Learnings / Recommendations: Wheel bearings have really tight tolerances and great care should be exercised when re-packing or changing them.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Jeff Reyden, Strathinnes Forestry Consultants (250) 354-9803 

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