CLOSE CALL: Stake cable worn out on log truck

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Shelter Bay Dump Site - Arrow Lakes (west Kootenay region)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Nakusp Logging Co. Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A logging truck load was tripped into the lake and as the driver and loader operator were reconnecting the stake cables, it was noticed that the cable was parted near the D ring. There were two strands holding the cable together.

It was also noticed that the ends of the parted section showed signs of rust, so the cable was obviously broken before the truck was loaded. This truck/trailer assembly placed the public, forestry workers, scale & yard personnel and the driver at serious risk of injury.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• OHS Regulation 26.66(8) states that stake and bunk assemblies must be inspected daily and must not be used if they show signs of excessive wear AND (8.1) a record of all inspections conducted under subsection (8) must be maintained.

• Ensure drivers are properly trained to perform their own safety inspections on their trucks

• Ensure all drivers read/review the entire WorkSafeBC guidelines (Forestry Operations/Hauling).

• The loader operator (site supervisor) discussed the incident with the driver and advised the driver the truck was not allowed back on site until the cables were replaced. Site supervisor also has authority to monitor /repair / decline any truck entering the dump yard, depending on the circumstances.

• Truck driver/Loader operator must not remove wrappers until log bundle strapping is in place, seals crimped, and load held with loader.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Donna Rebman or Eric Waterfield, Nakusp Logging Co. Ltd. 250-265-3747 cresbay@telus.net 

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