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

Safety Hazard Alert

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2006-12-29
Company Name: 
Blackwater Construction
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On December 29, 2006 the Molly on a logging truck broke while trailer was being unloaded.

This caused the trailer to fall, damaging a stake and 2 air bags.

This happened because the Molly had slipped within the clamps attached to the trailer, causing the loader to be lifting on an unprotected area. This resulted in the cable being cut through.

This could have happened while driver was loading trailer.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

One action is to add block protection all the way around Molly and replace blocks when worn.

The other action is to bring to the attention of all drivers, the necessity of complete equipment inspections prior to, during, and after work activities.

Ensure the Molly and lifting blocks are centered for lifting.

If your log states your equipment is in good repair, it needs to have been inspected, not taken for granted. Especially areas we might not inspect often enough. (Molly’s, bunks, 5th wheels, suspension, etc.)

Be safe; ensure your equipment is in prime operational condition.

File attachments
2006-12-29 Molly broke while trailer being unloaded.pdf

2007 Safety Alert #2

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
Exiting from Highway 1 onto the Squilax Anglemont Road
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-04-16
Company Name: 
Adams Lake Lumber
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

In recent years there have been several trucks flip on to their side when exiting from Highway 1 onto the Squilax Anglemont Road. In all cases truck drivers were surprised and didn’t anticipate the outcome.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Key Points to remember when negotiating this turn:
•Be aware of the short exit lane prior to the turn. This lane doesn’t give logging trucks much room to slow down prior to entering the curve.
•Drivers should be aware of on coming traffic from the east bound lane. Traffic entering on to the Squilax Angelmont Road often cross lanes in order to cut the corner.
•Reduce your speed to a recommended maximum of 20km/hr.
•Lower speeds may be required depending on truck configuration (i.e. jeep trailers).

This is a high volume traffic area. Any incident in this area has the potential of causing a fatality or a serious injury. Drivers must be aware of these hazards and should not become complacent when negotiating this turn.

File attachments
2007-04-16 truck flip onto side.pdf

Safety Alert

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-07-03
Company Name: 
Weyerhaeuser / BC Forestlands
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On July 3, 2007, a log truck driver from one of BC Forestlands - Princeton operations logging contractors was seriously injured while his truck was being loaded. His most severe injuries include a broken leg, multiple broken ribs, a bruised kidney and a punctured lung. He is fortunate to be alive and is now faced with a long recovery.
From the preliminary investigation, so far we have learned that;
- it appears the driver made a decision to move out of the designated safe zone while loading was ongoing. BC Forestlands standard for loading states “Remain in the cab or stand in front of the truck well away from the risk of moving equipment, logs or flying debris”.
- while the grapple loader was getting a grapple of logs from the log deck, a 3’ chunk of debris was picked up with the grapple full of logs. When the loader came back to the truck, some of the logs escaped from the front of the grapple and fell toward the truck. The driver was standing near his driver door at the time and was struck by the logs. It appears that the chunk of debris tangled in the grapple of logs contributed to the logs falling out of the grapple

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1.Remind drivers they MUST stay in their safe zone at all times while loading is in progress
2.Inspect frequently to ensure that this and other critical standards are being followed.
3.Ensure, as much as reasonably possible, that debris is put in the debris/slash pile and does not get into the log decks.

Close Call/Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
Chetwynd, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-02-05
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Oil Patch pick-up collided with loaded log truck on a radio controlled road.
This accident resulted in injury to pick-up truck driver that required medical attention, as well as serious damage to the pick-up. It was determined that the pick-up did not have a two-way mobile radio and was traveling too fast for road conditions.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1. All road users must have and use two-way radio communication on radio controlled roads.
2. Empty vehicles must clear loaded vehicles.
3. Drive according to road conditions.

File attachments
2007-02-05 pick-up collided with logging truck.pdf

Safety Alert

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-02-04
Company Name: 
Weyerhaeuser
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Recently a log hauler stopped at the designated pull out area to hammer mark his load where he got injured. The location selected for this activity was a wide spot in the road where a cattle guard was located. The location was chosen as it was wide enough to allow for oncoming traffic to pass while a truck driver is outside his truck attending to his load.

The existence of the cattle guard created a hazard to drivers as they walked around their loaded trucks inspecting their loads, especially in darkened conditions.

The investigation discovered that there are no written standards for selection of safe worksites being designated for marking loads or chaining up.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1) When selecting sites for chaining up &/or marking & checking loads consideration must be given to avoiding the following hazards as a minimum;
- flat grade
- free of tripping hazards (cattle guard, pot holes , snow berms etc.)
- wide enough to accommodate anticipated traffic (consider other users as well)
- adequate sight lines ( for non radio equipped traffic)
- free of danger trees
2) As these sites are part of the worksite they need to be inspected for changes in conditions that can lead to development of unsafe working conditions
- do maintenance as necessary

File attachments
2007-02-04 cattle gaurd causes injury.pdf

Moose and Wildlife Driving Hazards

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
Hart Highway
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-02-07
Company Name: 
CLUSKO LOGGING ENTERPRISES LTD.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Recently a loaded B-train logging truck had a moose run out in front of it while traveling along the Hart Highway. The driver was able to avoid hitting the moose head-on. The moose ran into the side of the logging truck causing minor damage to the truck. The moose wasn’t as fortunate and had to be destroyed.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1) Be cautious of moose and other wildlife when driving. Expect the unexpected.

2) Exercise extra caution in winter months as:
- Wildlife is attracted to the salt accumulations on the roadways.
- Snow banks make it difficult for animals to clear the roadways.
- Road conditions can reduce traction control and increase stopping distances.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Please contact me at 564-6389 or 981-2168 (cell) if you have any questions regarding this or other safety matters.

File attachments
2007-02-07 Logging truck hits Moose.pdf

Safety Alert

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-06-04
Company Name: 
Weyerhaeuser
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Two of our Logging Contractors trucker’s had a Near Miss recently. The incident involved one loaded truck and one empty truck. The driver of the loaded truck had been outside his truck at the stamp hammer location checking his load & wrappers, and marking the load. This took only a few minutes to do. When he got back into his truck he continued on his way calling his location and direction, as he pulled out and resumed his trip. Immediately thereafter he unexpectedly met an oncoming empty logging truck.

Both drivers were able to take action to avoid a collision.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1.Review the “Rules of the Road” so all drivers using logging roads are familiar with the requirements for driving and radio use.
2.In this case the driver did call his location, but did not wait to understand if there was any oncoming traffic. Before he resumed his trip he needed to call his location and enquire if any traffic was nearby.

File attachments
2007-06-04 Near miss invloving loaded logging truck.pdf

Close Call/Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
18 km Peterhope FSR – Cascades Forest District
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-06-08
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A loaded B-Train was travelling along Peterhope FSR when rear trailer detached from main unit and spilled its short log load on the main Peterhope Forest Service Road at 18 km. It was determined that the plastic disc surrounding the pin became folded inside when trailer was first attached prior to loading and jammed into the locking mechanism. Standard operating procedures states that ALL locking mechanisms will be visually checked prior to loading to ensure trailer from detaching prematurely.

There were no injuries.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

All locking mechanisms on all trailers should be checked on all pretrips so that the trailers do not attach from main unit.

Reminder to all truck drivers to following the existing Safe Operating Procedures already in place.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Glenda @ 250-672-9555 Monday to Thursday 8:30-4:30 or leave a message on the machine and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

File attachments
2007-06-08 locking mechanism causes logs to spill.pdf

Close Call/Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
Campbell River
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-03-24
Company Name: 
Thibault Logging Ltd. / Critical Site Logging Inc.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Logging truck was negotiating tight curve, approximately 90 percent, through a draw. Road surface was narrow and shoulders were soft. Trailer tracked off the side of the road pulling truck over on its side.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Excavator brought in to widen road and excavate the exit end of road curve to make a better turning radius.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Thibault Logging Ltd./Critical Site Logging Inc.
Phone: (250) 542-8922

File attachments
2007-03-24 Trailer slides off road.pdf
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