Log truck spills load, loaderman suffers broken knee cap

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
BC Interior region
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A truck driver spilled his load of logs coming down a steep & bumpy road, which then required the loaderman to come and reload the logs.

The driver blocked off a leak on the trailer brakes, which caused the brakes to release and the truck to move forward toward an embankment.

The truck rode over a few logs causing one of them to flip up and strike the loaderman who couldn’t get out of the way fast enough, resulting in a broken knee cap.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Potential Hazards:

  • Driving too fast for the steep & bumpy road conditions
  • Upset condition: spilled load & unexpected defective equipment (trailer air leak).
  • Inadequate assessment of hazard putting themselves in the “line of fire” of a truck on a slope that had the potential to move forward.

Preventative Actions:

  • Drivers are responsible for ensuring the safe condition of their load before leaving the loader
  • Drivers must take whatever time necessary, given any road condition, to arrive at their destination safely
  • Take the time to STOP & Think about what might happen and properly assess upset conditions before proceeding
  • Properly chock the wheels whenever the braking mechanism is compromised.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Tyson von den Steinen, Canadian Forest Products Ltd. (250) 962-3229



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Safety_Alert-Canfor-Spilled Load-Broken Knee Cap-April 7-2017.pdf
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