Driver narrowly escapes serious injury from falling log

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Big Bar Area (central interior region)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Katchmar Construction (1997) Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A log truck driver backed his rig into the usual spot to take on his second load of logs that morning. The loaderman loaded the first bunk of the trailer and instructed the driver to pull ahead so he could start loading the second bunk.

The driver then exited his truck and went around the front of the truck to check the first bunk’s load. As the driver did this the loaderman was loading the second bunk. The driver then returned to the driver’s side of the cab and the loaderman honked to get his attention.

They then noticed two short logs had slipped through the frame rails on the middle bunk. As the driver walked beside the first bunk to check out the short logs in second bunk, the loaderman began picking up some of the logs in the second bunk, causing a rocking of the trailer as the driver walked along side.

A 4.4metre log up to 18cm’s in diameter fell approximately 4 metres from the top of the first bunk, brushing the driver’s hard hat and striking his left shoulder which knocked him to the ground.

The loaderman immediately noticed the truck driver on the ground and rushed to his aid. After assessing the driver (who was responsive throughout the incident), the loaderman helped him up then radioed for the supervisor as well as a coworker, who transported the driver to hospital. This serious incident could very easily have been far worse.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Always have good communication between the loaderman and driver
  • Always follow safe work procedures-they are there for your safety
  • The driver needs to be in a safe zone while truck is being loaded with logs
  • Never load a truck or move the logs while the driver is in an unsafe location
  • When loading a truck be sure all logs are contained by the stakes
  • Regular safety meetings to ensure that all safe work procedures need to be met
  • Supervisor to initiate more observation


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Tami Krueger, Katchmar Construction (1997) Ltd. (250) 395-2385

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