Logging Road Driving Safety Reminders

Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-08-23
Company Name: 
Canfor / Woodlands
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

During the past month, I have received a number of complaints and close calls has a result of s about logging road driving practices and procedures. The following are the main issues that have been reported to me, along with some quick safety reminders around each item.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Passing on Logging Roads
•Never pass any vehicle without notifying them on the radio and receiving the “OK”. The lead vehicle is responsible for slowing down, providing room and advising “OK” signal to vehicle requesting the pass. Do not pass until permission is granted from the lead vehicle!

Driving in Convoys
•Lead vehicle is responsible for calling for multiple vehicles in a convoy.
•Vehicles that become part of a convoy are responsible for notifying the lead vehicle of more vehicles becoming part of the convoy. For example if you catch up to a convoy, notify lead vehicle of an additional vehicle in the convoy.
•Use one km rule - Vehicles who are greater than 1 km ahead or behind a convoy MUST call there own kms.

Calling km’s
•Loaded traffic MUST call all loaded even kms (except on Lakeland 200 RD & 600 RD where procedure is to call loaded odd kms). Remember: Empty traffic is relying on the loaded traffic to call their kms so they can clear you.
•Road users are to call all their required kms regardless of how busy or light the traffic is on the logging road. A number of complaints have been received where road users are not calling their kms because they don’t think it is necessary because of the light volume of traffic.

Clearing on Logging Roads
•The following are the expectations for clearing on logging roads. These expectations were developed at the PG South and PG North Joint Canfor/Contractor Safety Committee meetings.
o Narrower Secondary Haul Roads (ie. West Creek, 300 Rd, 400 Rd, 600 Rd) - Empty vehicles must stop and clear in the designated pullouts.
o Wide Major Mainline Type Haul Roads (Examples of these types of roads are the Pelican FSR, Polar 200 Rd, Lakeland 200 Rd)
- Drivers must use common sense when deciding if they must clear or not.
- During good summer driving conditions - empty traffic have the option of clearing traffic by slowing down and creeping along edge of the road. Empty traffic MUST clear loaded traffic on straight road sections with a clear line of site. Empties MUST NOT clear loaded traffic on corners.
- During winter driving conditions: empty vehicles are expected to stop and clear all loaded traffic in designated pullouts. This requirement has been made due to the higher probability of slippery roads, higher snow banks along the roads, and possibly narrower road surfaces encountered in the winter.
o A reminder to all loaded vehicles that they must travel at or close to the speed limit otherwise empties cannot clear you in the location that they expect to meet you. Loaded traffic need to slow down, otherwise you will meet empties in poor clearing locations!!!
o New drivers who are unfamiliar with a certain logging road should take earlier pullouts to ensure they are in one before they meet the loaded traffic.
o Empty traffic who get in the situation where they can’t find a pullout, MUST notify the loaded vehicle that they can’t find a pullout.
o Reminder to all road users to be extremely careful of sweeper logs on off highway long log routes (Clearlake and Polar haul routes). Do not clear on sharp corners where log sweepers may side swipe your vehicle.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Neil Spendiff, PG Woodlands Safety Coordinator

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2007-08-23 Driving Safety Reminders.pdf
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