Log truck tips, spills load - Driver knocked unconscious, suffers neck/head injuries

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Echo Lake (west of Campbell River, BC)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Thibault Logging Ltd. / Critical Site Logging Inc.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

It was mid-morning (approximately 10:00 a.m.) when a log truck tipped over spilling its load on Highway 28, adjacent to Echo Lake, 15 kilometres west of Campbell River.

The driver was knocked unconscious and suffered head and neck injuries. The incident is under investigation.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

The following reminders to truck drivers may or may not be related to the incident:

  • Be familiar with the truck operator’s manual and know its safety aspects.
  • Ensure commercial vehicle inspection is up to date on the tractor and trailer.
  • Conduct daily pre-trip inspections looking for mechanical defects or deficiencies.
  • Ensure cables, bunks, stakes, lift straps, couplings and other critical components are free of defects and in good working order. If damage is observed that can impact safe operation of the truck park it and have it fixed before using it again.
  • In addition to legally required brake checks, conduct “in service brake checks” each cycle and adjust as necessary.
  • Ensure you have an escape route (eg - the passenger door is unlocked before driving the truck).
  • Wear seatbelt whenever the vehicle is in motion.
  • Drive defensively and to road conditions. Abide by posted speed limits and drive defensively. Be wary of tourist traffic especially in the summer.
  • Do not accept an overweight, unbalanced or insecure load.
  • While in transit, stop and check load and tires periodically, especially before entering a public highway. Check cinches and tighten if necessary.
  • Listen for unusual sounds. Feel the braking and tracking response of the tractor and trailer. Stop and check if something doesn’t seem right.
  • Exercise extra caution on corners where incidents have occurred or where there is evidence of trucks having difficulty negotiating them.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Gary Veitch (250) 923-7204 veitch1@telus.net 

File attachments
Safety_Alert_Thibault Logging_2015-7-24.pdf
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