Checklist 16-1

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
Seaward (tlasta) Business Area - Port McNeill Timber Sales Office
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-09-06
Company Name: 
BC Timber Sales
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A Timber Sales Licensee recently experienced a logging truck rollover relating to a road segment exceeding 18% which was not risk assessed as per the WorkSafeBC OHS Guideline 26.2-2 “Planning log hauling operations for varying road grades”. The Licensee was not aware of the requirement under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation to conduct a risk assessment on road grades exceeding 18%.

WorkSafe BC voiced concern that Licensees were not aware of the location of road segments exceeding 18% gradient, or of the WorkSafe requirement to conduct a risk assessment on these road segments. WorkSafe also advised that these guidelines are not being applied uniformly by Timber Sales Licensees, and therefore posed an ongoing safety hazard provincially.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Seaward (tlasta) Business Area as the first owner will make known those segments of road designed and/or built to exceed 18% gradient to respective Timber Sale Licence bidders.
Seaward (tlasta) Business Area recommends that the Forest Safety Council send out a safety bulletin to its members reminding them of:

G26.2-2 Planning log hauling operations for varying road grades
Issued: September 28, 2005
OHS Guidelines Part 26 Forestry Operations
The Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada (FERIC) has developed descent guidelines for several operating conditions:
Development of guidelines for descending steep grades: British Columbia coastal off-highway truck applications FPInnovations - FERIC Division

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Glenn Piggot, Area Forester
Port McNeill Timber Sales Office
(250) 956-5106

File attachments
2007-09-06 Checklist 16-1.pdf
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