Faller injured while bucking

Location: 
Cowichan (L-Line)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-11-23
Company Name: 
Ted LeRoy Trucking Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A faller was bucking the root off a blown down fir tree when the root wad, which was partially attached, rolled from its original resting place down the slope increasing the load energy on the tree. When the cut was completed the top portion of the tree kicked back striking the fallers left lower leg pinning him and fracturing his leg.
Faller misjudged the hazard of the loaded stem and the potential for the energy to increase with the root wad moving down hill.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1. Eliminate loaded hazards by bucking at pivot points.
2. Faller positioning, ensure safe position prior to making any cuts.
3. Where pivot points or hazards can't be removed do not attempt any bucking
4. Ensure this incident is reviewed with all fallers and documented

File attachments
alerts-07-12-25.pdf

Vehicles & Roads

Location: 
BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-07-10
Company Name: 
BC Forest Safety Council
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

It’s no news that fuel prices have gone through the roof. That’s creating all sorts of problems for people. Don’t add being caught with an empty tank - it can put your safety at risk.

What’s Happening

As fuel prices have hit historic highs, two things are happening:

First, some people are buying “just enough” to get them through the day, or through the job. That’s a good idea…except when something unexpected happens and “just enough” turns into “not quite enough”.

Second, fuel thieves are showing up in all sorts of places:

  • At overnight truck stops;
  • At long-term parking lots;
  • At work sites where equipment is parked;
  • In the forest, where logging and other equipment sits unattended overnight or over weekends;
  • In work yards where there’s an above-ground fuel storage tank and almost anywhere else there’s a tank and an opportunity to tap into it.

It’s bad enough to lose tens or hundreds of dollars of fuel, not to mention the time it takes to get new supplies in. Even worse is the possibility of your vehicles running dry in the middle of the day, when you don’t have any way to get help.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Take sensible precautions to prevent fuel theft:
  • Get a locking gas cap, or other locking system;
  • Secure your yard fuel supplies
  • Fill up in the morning before work, rather than the night before.
  • Pay attention to fuel on your pre-trip or pre-work inspections. Look at the gauge or measure the tank levels.
  • Don’t leave temptation for thieves. Properly store and secure extra fuel supplies on site or with your vehicle.
  • If you’re taking a “just enough” approach to filling your tank, leave a margin of error for unexpected delays or other requirements. You’ll be glad you did.
  • Make sure you’re using your man-check system, in case your best laid plans don’t
  • work out and you end up somewhere without fuel.

Finally, if you have an experience with fuel theft, report it to your local police. They won’t know there’s a problem if no one tells them, and once they know there is a problem they can take action.

 

File attachments
2008-07-10 Gas Thiefs.pdf

Vehicles & Roads

Location: 
BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-05-30
Company Name: 
BC Forest Safety Council
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Resource road users are facing an overlap of silviculture activities and log harvesting activities due to a late spring start. This means that the tree planters are still very active in the forests while the loggers are getting started on their summer hauling season. Add to this the arrival of recreational users on those same roads and awareness and caution is required from everyone.

Be Aware!

This alert is to remind all loggers, whether harvesting crews, support services, or log haulers, that the tree planters will be on the logging roads with you. Be mindful that that these drivers are often young, inexperienced in resource road driving, new to the area, and sharing the road with trucks. Guide your actions accordingly, and expect the unexpected.

To the tree planting and silviculture crews, log trucks are starting to haul in various areas of the province. You need to be aware that you are always sharing the road.

And to all forest industry road users, a reminder that it is also tourist season. Please be an example to non-industry users about sharing the road.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Remember the simple rules of the road, wherever and whoever you are:

  1. Wear your seatbelt! Whether you are driving a pickup or a loaded log truck wearing your seatbelt dramatically reduces your chance of being killed or injured if you are involved in an accident
  2. Loaded trucks have the right of way; you must clear them
  3. Stay on your own side of the road
  4. Observe posted speed limits. In the absence of a posted speed, the default is 70 kms per hour.
  5. Obey all traffic control signs
  6. Make sure you are on the right radio frequency at all times
  7. Call your kilometres according to the rules on that road
  8. Keep your headlights and taillights clean and on at all times
  9. Do not pass a logging truck unless it gives you a signal that it’s safe to do so (radio communication, flashes lights, etc)

These rules of the road are not mere suggestions – they are, in fact, regulations from WorkSafeBC, the Motor Vehicle Act, the Forest and Range Act, and as such, are ticketable offences.

File attachments
2008-05-30 Share the roads.pdf

Vehicles & Roads

Location: 
Princeton
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-03-27
Company Name: 
Weyerhaeuser
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A contractor recently observed several oncoming loaded log trucks along the highway with logs sticking out behind the rear stake. He later had his own loader operator recreate what he had witnessed for this safety alert. This situation creates an over-width load and could potentially cause a collision with oncoming traffic when maneuvering tight corners on the highway.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

The loader operator and the truck driver both have a responsibility to identify loads that are not safe and that could result in an upset condition while being loaded or transported.

Loader operators and truck drivers must ensure that all logs are adequately contained and stable within the bunks and that there are no protruding logs or branches.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Peter Forbes, RPF
Logging Supervisor
Weyerhaeuser
(250) 295-4294

File attachments
2008-03-27 Over-width Load.pdf

Vehicles & Roads

Location: 
Prince George Woodlands
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-02-19
Company Name: 
Canfor
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

During the past few weeks I have received a number of complaints/concerns passed onto me from various road users. In addition, I have noticed a number of marking in the ditches where logging trucks and/or pickups have had to hit the ditch to avoid collisions. These markings in the ditch represent close calls that could have easily resulted in collisions and injuries on our logging roads.

There are approximately 30 days left in the W2008 season and I would like to communicate some key logging road safety reminders that can help us successfully complete the winter haul season.

1. All road users need to continue to follow radio call procedures.

  • Loaded traffic calls all even kms (except for Lakeland 200 where users call all odd kms).
  • Empty traffic calls all posted “Call Empty” signs.
  • Call empty when entering a new road.

2. During the past month an increase in the amount of “Both Ways Calling” is occurring on the logging roads. In a number of circumstances, I have heard loaded logging trucks calling both ways for empty logging trucks. This radio call practice creates unnecessary radio clutter on the logging roads and can lead to accidents. Both ways calling should be reserved for the following:

  • Notifying other road users of vehicles who don’t have radios.
  • Notifying other road users of vehicles who are traveling dangerously or at a high rate of high speed
  • Notifying other road users of road maintenance equipment working.

3. Clearing on Logging Roads – I continue to hear complaints regarding the poor clearing practices of some empty traffic on our logging roads. The main complaints I am getting is that empties are clearing in poor locations, empties are not slowing down for loaded traffic, and empty log trucks are pushing for next pullout instead of taking the first pullout available.
Below are the expectations for clearing on the major mainline type haul roads in Prince George (Lakeland 200Rd, Polar 200 RD, Pelican FSR):

  • Due to the wide nature of these mainlines, it is acceptable in most circumstances to clear loaded traffic by slowing down and creeping along edge of the road. Empty traffic should follow the following simple rules for clearing loaded traffic:
    • Clear at slow rates speed (maximum 10 km/hr).
    • Clear on straight sections of road that have good lines of sight. This will allow the loaded traffic time to adjust their speed and safely clear the empty traffic. Empties should never clear on corners, hills, or narrow section of roads.
    • Avoid clearing on the fly during adverse road or weather conditions. Utilize pullouts in these circumstances.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Neil Spendiff – Woodlands Safety Coordinator

File attachments
2008-02-19 Reminder About Close Calls.pdf

Vehicles & Roads

Location: 
Six Mile Bridge – Port Mainline
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-02-01
Company Name: 
Western Forest Products
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

While grading the mainline, the grader recently caught one end of the riser blocks, exposing a problem. The bridge is a common design (see drawing on next page) consisting of steel girders and a concrete deck with untreated timbers for the guard rails. The guard rail is attached to the concrete deck via a 10” x 10” block (connecting block) bolted to the outside edge of the deck.

A second 10” x 10” block (riser block) sits on top of the first, and the guard rail sits on top of and is attached to the riser block. Long blocks run from the top of the guard rail through the riser block and the connecting block.

The bridge was built in late 1996, and has been inspected every two years. It was due for another inspection. None of the pervious inspections had mentioned rot related problems in the timbers.

Visually, both blocks and the guard rails appeared sound. Further investigation after the grader caught the riser block proved otherwise. During the repairs to the bridge, all the connecting blocks, riser blocks and guard rails were replaced. In the process, rot was found around the bolt holes in all the blocks and rails. Inspections on two additional bridges has indicated the same problem.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Timbers of all bridges over six years old should be bored to check for rot. If no rot is found, the bore holes should be filled with a waterproof epoxy caulking or similar product.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Western Forest Products Inc., Queen Charlotte Forest Operation
Cory Delves or Debbi Thwaites
(250) 557-6810

File attachments
2008-02-01 Bridge Riser Blocks Exposed.pdf

Vehicles & Roads

Location: 
BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-01-25
Company Name: 
Stones Bay Holdings
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

There have been reports of log trucks and pickups traveling to and from the workplace and not using proper radio protocol. Going to work first thing in the morning is as important as the middle of the day for calling of miles. You are not only calling your miles for the guys that you think that you will meet in the same place all of the time rather than for ALL TRAFFIC – including the unexpected road user or maintenance machine that may be coming in the opposite direction.

We are in the home stretch of this winter logging season. Do not become complacent in radio protocols. It is all of our responsibility to ensure that we follow procedure so that our winter season winds up both successful and safe for all workers in the forest industry.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Stones Bay Holdings
Phone [250]996-8912

File attachments
2008-01-25 Using Proper Radio Protocol.pdf

Vehicle Identification Number Program

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-01-11
Company Name: 
BC Forest Safety Council
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

With the busy winter log-hauling season underway, all snowmobilers are advised to be extremely cautious whenever they ride near an active forestry road, for their own safety and for the safety of forestry workers.

See more here.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Mary Anne Arcand
Director, Forestry TruckSafe Program
BC Forest Safety Council
250 562-8615

File attachments
2008-01-11 Vehicle Identification Number Program.pdf

Vehicles & Roads

Location: 
Northeast Interior
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-01-01
Company Name: 
WorkSafeBC
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

An all-terrain vehicle (ATV-quad) driver lost control of his machine as it moved down a steep hill at a high rate of speed. The out-of-control ATV crashed into a tree and the driver suffered a fatal skull fracture. Fortunately, a passenger riding on the vehicle escaped serious injur y. The driver and passenger were riding on an ATV vehicle that was designed to carry only one person. Neither the driver nor the passenger on the ATV were wearing safety head gear, or eye protection. In addition, the vehicle’s brakes were not functional – the braking system was low on fluid and the mechanical brake was seriously out of adjustment.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Employers, provide written safe work procedures to all workers who drive or work on ATVs.
  • Wear safety headgear, and eye protection when operating an ATV.
  • Make a pre-trip inspection to ensure that the ATV is in safe working order.
  • Never operate an ATV that has malfunctioning brakes.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on vehicle capacity. These instructions provide information on the number of people allowed to ride on a vehicle.

 

File attachments
2008-01-01 ATV Accident Fatal.pdf

Equipment Bulletins

Safety Alert Type: 
Heavy Equipment
Location: 
Princeton
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-04-17
Company Name: 
Weyerhaeuser
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A logging contractor has recently brought forth the following safety alert for log haulers and loader operators when unloading and hooking up log truck trailers.

When the loader is operating from the “blind position” (with the boom blocking the view of the truck and trailer) the truck driver is at risk of being struck by the trailer as the loader is positioning it for hook up. This position also forces the loader operator to be operating their equipment from an awkward position increasing the risk of an unplanned movement of the machine.

The cause of this situation is due to the lifting strap being positioned close to the rear axles where the strap is needed for lifting the trailer off of the truck. One solution is to install a second strap closer to the end of the reach (near the compensator) as shown in the pictures that follow.

If the loading area (being relatively flat) and/or the trailer brake system allows (trailer brakes can be set on) the loader may release the trailer, after unloading it from the truck, and grab a lifting strap positioned closer to the slide along the reach. This will allow the loader to have a better view of the truck driver while hooking up the trailer.

If the trailer brakes cannot be set and the loading area is too sloped to release the trailer, the loader can position itself (if possible) closer to the rear of the trailer to give itself a better view of the truck driver’s position.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

The loader operator and the truck driver both have a responsibility to ensure the safety of the truck driver while hooking up the trailer for loading.

  1. Have a secondary lifting strap installed on the reach closer to the slide to allow the loader operator a better view of the truck driver while operating with the boom restricting the view of the truck and trailer.
  2. If the landing and/or trailer do not permit (too steep/no trailer brakes), or a secondary strap is not installed, position the loader towards the rear of the trailer to give the loader operator a better view of the truck driver while hooking up the trailer.
  3. If possible, always have the loader operator unload and position the trailer for hook up from the truck driver’s side of the truck. This will give the loader operator the best view of the truck driver.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Peter Forbes, RPF
Logging Supervisor
Weyerhaeuser
(250) 295-4294

File attachments
2008-04-17 Operating from the blind position.pdf
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