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.

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