Log Hauling

With over 500,000 loads of logs transported by truck each year in BC, log hauling is key to the success of the industry. Safe roads, vehicles and workers are vital to ensure everyone gets home safe - every day.

Our log hauling resources contain links, information and tools aimed at reducing injuries and fatalities and improving the health and safety of workers as well as improving safety performance for Contractors and Licensees.   

We offer free Transportation Safety Resources including safety guidelines, brochures, stickers, posters, videos and more to help keep you safe on the road.

Over the years, BCFSC Transportation Safety has worked with industry experts and advisory groups to develop programs, research studies and safety materials flagged as high-risk topics to log haulers. New Driver Training, Driver Fatigue, Phase Congestion and Load Securement are key areas of focus for driver safety.

Training

The Professional Industry Driver Training Program

This program has been developed through collaborative industry efforts to help ensure a consistent training standard that reflects the extensive skills and knowledge required by industry drivers to safely and proficiently operate in BC.

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Endorsement

Professional Log Truck Driver Endorsement Program

This program has been developed through collaborative industry efforts to help ensure there is a consistent standard that reflects the extensive skills and knowledge required by a log truck driver to safely and proficiently operate log trucks in BC.

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Fatigue Management

Log Haulers are a high-risk group for fatigue-related MVI’s. Drivers must be able to react quickly, stay focused and make the right decisions to safely operate a vehicle.

BCFSC and TAG have worked with industry experts to develop research, Fatigue Assessment Tools and resource materials directly related to Fatigue Management.

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Load Securement

Cinch Hooks / Load Binders

WorkSafeBC regulations prohibit welding a hook onto cinch hook handles as it presents an unacceptable risk and can compromise the structural integrity of the cinch handle and create the hazard causing the handle to break while the trucker is closing it.

Review the WorkSafeBC Guideline G26.68 for more information.

Read the Load Securement Bulletin relating to the National Safety Code Standards for log wrappers and binders.

Steep Grade Descent Tools

WorkSafeBC Regulation 26.2 and the associated Guideline 26.2-2 describe requirements regarding hauling logs on steep grades (greater than 18%), a risk assessment is conducted and safe descent procedures are developed.

FPInnovations has developed a new Android app available for mobile devices to help determine appropriate payloads and descent speeds for loaded log-hauling trucks travelling on slopes with curves, as well as on inclines greater than 18%.

The Steep Grade Descent (SGD) Guidelines app is based on a spreadsheet tool and allows users to input various road parameters such as grade, length, the presence of a switchback, and traction level. The app predicts safe loads and operating speeds for specific road conditions, also entered into the app. If the specified conditions pose too high a risk, then additional measures such as revised road parameters (grades and traction) must be considered to ensure safe hauling.

The app is developed for highway trucks with 42 cm (16.5 inch) diameter brake drums with a payload of 60 tonnes. For a truck configuration to be acceptable, it must be able to stop on a steep pitch using only its service brakes in the event of a driveline failure.

We are interested to hear how you are using this tool, and would be pleased to apply it in the field with you. Based on your feedback, further development of these tools may be undertaken for other axle configurations (e.g. super B-trains, quad-axle trailers), short logs and winter conditions.

Additional Resources

Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

ABS Maintenance Guide for Forestry Log Hauling created by FPInnovations

Chain Up

New chain up regulations from the CVSE. 

Stricter Regulations for Commercial Drivers Will Improve Highway Safety

What You Need to Know About Stricter Chain-Up Rules

Drug & Alcohol Testing

Resources have been developed to help forest industry employers create and implement effective alcohol and drug impairment policies and programs for their workplace.

ELD (or ELOG)

New Content: As of June 12, 2021, commercial vehicles crossing provincial borders will be required to be equipped with an ELD. In response to these changes to the Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations, BC will need to decide what the requirements will be for CMVs operating within the province.

Check out  how drivers are reacting to using this new technology.

The implementation of ELD (or ELOG) can cause challenges. More information will be available online and from other sources but often the information is coming from ELD providers selling their product.

Greg Munden provides An Unbiased Guide to ELD Implementation from his experience implementing ELD’s in a small Canadian trucking company.

Log Book

Log books must be kept up to date, kept in your truck and available if requested by an authorized inspection person.  Log books must also have records for 14 duty days (14 duty days may or may not be the previous 14 calendar days).

BCFSC, in collaboration with our member logging associations, has developed an Integrated Log Book for highway and off-highway drivers. All regulatory agencies have reviewed it and confirmed that if completed in full, it meets their requirements.

Download the BCFSC Integrated Log Book.

Injury Prevention Resources

3 Point Contact

A leading cause of injury for truck and machine operators is failing to safely mount or dismount their vehicle.

3 Point Contact, the practice of always having 3 secure points of contact when mounting or dismounting a vehicle, has been proven to reduce the number of injuries incurred when operators enter and exit their vehicles.

Click here for 3 Point Contact resources.

Preventing MSIs

Click here for a series of videos and posters developed as an initiative led by the Log Truck Technical Advisory Committee (LTTAC).

Seatbelt Safety

Click here for TAG created resources related to seatbelt safety.