Close Call/Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
Island Highway #19 - Southbound Between Port McNeill & Woss, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-04-23
Company Name: 
Surespan
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Two Surespan semi trucks and trailers (tridem highboys) were transporting HC11- Terex
Crane Components from a forestru bridge project site to Surespan’s yard in Duncan. The
first truck’s trailer had the crane’s track counterweights tied down to it. Just before taking
a corner the driver of the first truck slowed down. Suddenly the track counterweights’ tie
down straps broke, causing the components to slide off the trailer and land in a ditch,
which was located parallel to the outside lane. The driver of the second truck did not
witness the incident but was able to safely stop and assist the driver of the first truck.
Incident reporting procedures were followed and corrective actions were implemented
accordingly.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Review trailer tie-down procedures and requirements for specific crane
components.
• Always ensure dunnage is placed underneath crane components before hauling.
• Always inspect tie-down materials/equipment prior to using them to secure loads
to trailers.
• Always check trailer load before leaving site.
• Review Safe Work Practices for Vehicles and Mobile Equipment with workers
involved in incident.
• Review Safe Job Procedures for Heavy Equipment Haulers with workers involved
in incident.
• Have toolbox meeting with crews to discuss incident.
• Circulate Safety Alert to BCFSC & Forestry Client as required.
• Post investigation and safety alert on EHS bulletin board at Head Office.
• Discuss incident investigation and corrective actions/recommendations at the
next regularly scheduled OHS Committee Meeting.

For more information on this submitted alert: 
File attachments
2007-04-23 tie-down break leads to crash.pdf
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