Hazard Alert: Partially bucked logs

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Sorting
Northwest Bay log sort (Parksville, BC)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Island Timberlands
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Two recent incidents of logs with ends not completely bucked off were found loaded onto trucks at the Dryland Sort (see photo in attached pdf).

Chunks of wood could break off while log truck is travelling down the road, creating a hazard for other workers and the public.


  • Size of log (oversized for processor)
  • Processor operators, buckermen and/or fallers didn’t ensure ends were completely bucked off, or did not mark log(s) if unable to do so


Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Use a power saw to cut the oversized logs, or roll log to cut bottom side
  • Entire crew needs to be watching for logs with saw cuts that are not cut entirely through
  • Incomplete cuts need to be marked (ie. paint) so loading crews can remove hazard before logs are transported


For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information contact: Island Timberlands  (250) 468-6810

File attachments
Partially bucked logs.pdf
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