Toxic Fumes in Cab of Log Truck

Safety Alert Type: 
Vehicles
Location: 
near Princeton, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2017-11-10
Company Name: 
Weyerhaeuser Company Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On November 10, 2017 a log hauler had a near miss with a plow truck on Red Creek FSR, north of town.

The plow truck had been calling but the log hauler did not clear and a near miss occurred with minor damage to the plow truck.

Following this incident, the hauler proceeded to the block to be loaded. The loaderman noted that the driver was not acting normal and instructed the driver to stop driving and go get checked at the hospital.

Well Done Loaderman! It was further discovered that the driver had high levels of toxicity.

Upon an investigation it was discovered during the detailing of the cab that new batteries had been installed 2 years prior and the venting tubes had not been reinstalled. It is believed that the battery shorted out and started to emit fumes and without the venting tubes installed, the fumes went into the cab.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • When performing truck maintenance inspections, ensure venting of various systems are functional and toxic fumes are not entering the cab
  • If a driver begins having symptoms like headache, nausea, confusion, or difficulty breathing consider medical attention. Along with a vehicle inspection, looking for possible leaks or ventilation problems.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Crystal Rogers, RFT Logging Supervisor - Weyerhaeuser Company Ltd. crystal.rogers@weyerhaeuser.com

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Safety_Alert_Weyerhaeuser_Princeton-Toxic_fumes_in_cab-Nov_10-2017.pdf
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