Close Call/Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Kamloops, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A logging truck pulling a B-train loaded the trailer after dumping at Tolko Industries, Heffley Division; and headed south on Highway 5. The truck went over a “frost heave” on the highway and the driver did hear a “clunk” but thought that it was just the trailer settling.

The truck went through an intersection and was accelerating to about 40km when it snagged a wire crossing the highway; the driver saw a telephone pole falling behind him and stopped immediately. He then realized that it was actually the chain holding the stake down on the trailer bunk that made the “clunk”, releasing the stake and making the truck over height.

When the stake caught the wire it actually caused 2 poles to fall; one on either side of the highway; the pole on the opposite side of the highway struck a vehicle heading north, luckily there were no injuries. The driver was given a ticket for being over height.

The DOT inspected the trailer at the accident site and deemed it safe for operation; but the stake would need to be replaced before hauling logs.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Upon further inspection the driver found that the chain on the stake actually broke. He realizes that he should have stopped and checked the “clunk” and in the future will stop when he hears any kind of noise from the back of the truck.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Shannon @ 250-378-5611

File attachments
2007-08-31 OverHeight Vechile Brings Down Power Lines.pdf
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