Icy log slides off poorly-built load on steep grade

Safety Alert Type: 
Yarding and Loading
West-Central Vancouver Island
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
A.H. Green Log Hauling
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

After checking and tightening cinches, log truck driver left the landing with a load of logs covered with ice and began down a 25 per cent grade. The loaderman had not crowned off the load so the middle top logs were not restrained by the cinches.

Due to the steep grade and ice on the load, one log slid ahead and over the cab, causing extensive damage to the roof and shattered the passenger-side windshield. The driver sustained no injuries (see photos in attached pdf).

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Loaderman to be diligent in assessing the safety of loads in adverse conditions (such as ice or sap in the springtime)
  • Reminder issued to all loader operators and log truck drivers to communicate about load status before truck leaves the landing


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Tony Green, A.H. Green Log Hauling (250) 749-6570

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