Inspect log trailers for proper movement and lubrication

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
near Kelowna, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Schweb Contracting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Early in the work day (approximately 8:30am) a loaded logging truck rolled over on a paved road with an 8% grade. The driver had just negotiated a sharp corner prior to the truck tipping over and was traveling at a speed less than 30 km/h.

The rear trailer tipped over first and the rest of the vehicle followed (see photos in attached pdf). The truck landed on the passenger side and the driver sustained a left shoulder injury.

The cause of this incident may have been the third mounting saucer of the bunk & stake assembly which was completely dry and void of lubricant grease. Consequently, as the truck rounded the corner and started into the straight away, the bunk and saucer may have seized and with the weight of the logs pressing down, would not allow the bunk to turn freely.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

This incident emphasizes the importance of daily inspections of stake and bunk assemblies.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Schweb Contracting Ltd. (250) 306-2364 darwa@telus.net 

File attachments
Inspect log trailers for proper movement and lubrication.pdf
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