Close Call: Unloading a trailer with a loader

Safety Alert Type: 
Heavy Equipment
West Kootenay Region
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A loader operator was unloading the trailer off a logging truck, with the tracks parallel to the truck, on a slight inclined snow-covered loading platform.

As the machine picked up the trailer and turned, the shift in weight resulted in the loading platform failing, causing the loader to slip down the snow bank, and tip sideways onto the trailer.

The tipped loader narrowly missed a trailer stake from entering the cab. No Injuries, minor damage to trailer and loader.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • When unloading a trailer with a loader, track placement should be perpendicular to the truck to maintain proper load distribution
  • Use caulks for winter conditions on tracked equipment, to help prevent the equipment from slipping or losing traction
  • Loader operators should inspect the loading/unloading area for hazards and ensure loading platform is solid and stable
  • Prior to loading/unloading trailer, the loader operator is to instruct the truck driver to stay in the cab of the truck at all times until task has been completed. The truck driver is to wait to receive confirmation from loader operator prior to exiting the cab of the truck
  • Always wear your seatbelt while operating equipment
  • Always confirm load limit capability of equipment prior to commencing a lift.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Kait Baskerville, Kootenay Operations.


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