Log truck driver not in the clear while loading

Safety Alert Type: 
Yarding and Loading
Interior Operations, Adams Lake Division
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Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Hazard: Truck drivers are at risk of being struck by a log if they are not in-the-clear while being loaded.

Summary: A log loader was loading a truck with cut-to-length logs when a log slipped from the grapple and slid over bullboard and in front of truck (shown in picture). As per safe work procedures, the driver was in the clear and there was no issue.

On a separate site, on the same day, a different truck driver was observed standing near his bullboard watching his air gauge while being loaded. He was NOT in the clear. Luckily, a log from this loaderman’s grapple did not slip out and strike him.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Actions to Prevent a Re-Occurrence:

  • Prior to loading, loader operators must confirm that the driver is in–the clear at ALL times
  • While being loaded, drivers must stay out of the “circle of danger” to prevent being struck by a log.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Erik Kok, RPF, Interfor, Interior Operations, Erik.Kok@Interfor.com (250) 679-6842

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