Vehicles & Roads

Location: 
Prince George Woodlands
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-02-19
Company Name: 
Canfor
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

During the past few weeks I have received a number of complaints/concerns passed onto me from various road users. In addition, I have noticed a number of marking in the ditches where logging trucks and/or pickups have had to hit the ditch to avoid collisions. These markings in the ditch represent close calls that could have easily resulted in collisions and injuries on our logging roads.

There are approximately 30 days left in the W2008 season and I would like to communicate some key logging road safety reminders that can help us successfully complete the winter haul season.

1. All road users need to continue to follow radio call procedures.

  • Loaded traffic calls all even kms (except for Lakeland 200 where users call all odd kms).
  • Empty traffic calls all posted “Call Empty” signs.
  • Call empty when entering a new road.

2. During the past month an increase in the amount of “Both Ways Calling” is occurring on the logging roads. In a number of circumstances, I have heard loaded logging trucks calling both ways for empty logging trucks. This radio call practice creates unnecessary radio clutter on the logging roads and can lead to accidents. Both ways calling should be reserved for the following:

  • Notifying other road users of vehicles who don’t have radios.
  • Notifying other road users of vehicles who are traveling dangerously or at a high rate of high speed
  • Notifying other road users of road maintenance equipment working.

3. Clearing on Logging Roads – I continue to hear complaints regarding the poor clearing practices of some empty traffic on our logging roads. The main complaints I am getting is that empties are clearing in poor locations, empties are not slowing down for loaded traffic, and empty log trucks are pushing for next pullout instead of taking the first pullout available.
Below are the expectations for clearing on the major mainline type haul roads in Prince George (Lakeland 200Rd, Polar 200 RD, Pelican FSR):

  • Due to the wide nature of these mainlines, it is acceptable in most circumstances to clear loaded traffic by slowing down and creeping along edge of the road. Empty traffic should follow the following simple rules for clearing loaded traffic:
    • Clear at slow rates speed (maximum 10 km/hr).
    • Clear on straight sections of road that have good lines of sight. This will allow the loaded traffic time to adjust their speed and safely clear the empty traffic. Empties should never clear on corners, hills, or narrow section of roads.
    • Avoid clearing on the fly during adverse road or weather conditions. Utilize pullouts in these circumstances.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Neil Spendiff – Woodlands Safety Coordinator

File attachments
2008-02-19 Reminder About Close Calls.pdf

Vehicles & Roads

Location: 
Six Mile Bridge – Port Mainline
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-02-01
Company Name: 
Western Forest Products
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

While grading the mainline, the grader recently caught one end of the riser blocks, exposing a problem. The bridge is a common design (see drawing on next page) consisting of steel girders and a concrete deck with untreated timbers for the guard rails. The guard rail is attached to the concrete deck via a 10” x 10” block (connecting block) bolted to the outside edge of the deck.

A second 10” x 10” block (riser block) sits on top of the first, and the guard rail sits on top of and is attached to the riser block. Long blocks run from the top of the guard rail through the riser block and the connecting block.

The bridge was built in late 1996, and has been inspected every two years. It was due for another inspection. None of the pervious inspections had mentioned rot related problems in the timbers.

Visually, both blocks and the guard rails appeared sound. Further investigation after the grader caught the riser block proved otherwise. During the repairs to the bridge, all the connecting blocks, riser blocks and guard rails were replaced. In the process, rot was found around the bolt holes in all the blocks and rails. Inspections on two additional bridges has indicated the same problem.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Timbers of all bridges over six years old should be bored to check for rot. If no rot is found, the bore holes should be filled with a waterproof epoxy caulking or similar product.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Western Forest Products Inc., Queen Charlotte Forest Operation
Cory Delves or Debbi Thwaites
(250) 557-6810

File attachments
2008-02-01 Bridge Riser Blocks Exposed.pdf

Vehicles & Roads

Location: 
BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-01-25
Company Name: 
Stones Bay Holdings
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

There have been reports of log trucks and pickups traveling to and from the workplace and not using proper radio protocol. Going to work first thing in the morning is as important as the middle of the day for calling of miles. You are not only calling your miles for the guys that you think that you will meet in the same place all of the time rather than for ALL TRAFFIC – including the unexpected road user or maintenance machine that may be coming in the opposite direction.

We are in the home stretch of this winter logging season. Do not become complacent in radio protocols. It is all of our responsibility to ensure that we follow procedure so that our winter season winds up both successful and safe for all workers in the forest industry.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Stones Bay Holdings
Phone [250]996-8912

File attachments
2008-01-25 Using Proper Radio Protocol.pdf

Vehicle Identification Number Program

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-01-11
Company Name: 
BC Forest Safety Council
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

With the busy winter log-hauling season underway, all snowmobilers are advised to be extremely cautious whenever they ride near an active forestry road, for their own safety and for the safety of forestry workers.

See more here.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Mary Anne Arcand
Director, Forestry TruckSafe Program
BC Forest Safety Council
250 562-8615

File attachments
2008-01-11 Vehicle Identification Number Program.pdf

Vehicles & Roads

Location: 
Northeast Interior
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-01-01
Company Name: 
WorkSafeBC
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

An all-terrain vehicle (ATV-quad) driver lost control of his machine as it moved down a steep hill at a high rate of speed. The out-of-control ATV crashed into a tree and the driver suffered a fatal skull fracture. Fortunately, a passenger riding on the vehicle escaped serious injur y. The driver and passenger were riding on an ATV vehicle that was designed to carry only one person. Neither the driver nor the passenger on the ATV were wearing safety head gear, or eye protection. In addition, the vehicle’s brakes were not functional – the braking system was low on fluid and the mechanical brake was seriously out of adjustment.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Employers, provide written safe work procedures to all workers who drive or work on ATVs.
  • Wear safety headgear, and eye protection when operating an ATV.
  • Make a pre-trip inspection to ensure that the ATV is in safe working order.
  • Never operate an ATV that has malfunctioning brakes.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on vehicle capacity. These instructions provide information on the number of people allowed to ride on a vehicle.

 

File attachments
2008-01-01 ATV Accident Fatal.pdf

Equipment Bulletins

Safety Alert Type: 
Heavy Equipment
Location: 
Princeton
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-04-17
Company Name: 
Weyerhaeuser
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A logging contractor has recently brought forth the following safety alert for log haulers and loader operators when unloading and hooking up log truck trailers.

When the loader is operating from the “blind position” (with the boom blocking the view of the truck and trailer) the truck driver is at risk of being struck by the trailer as the loader is positioning it for hook up. This position also forces the loader operator to be operating their equipment from an awkward position increasing the risk of an unplanned movement of the machine.

The cause of this situation is due to the lifting strap being positioned close to the rear axles where the strap is needed for lifting the trailer off of the truck. One solution is to install a second strap closer to the end of the reach (near the compensator) as shown in the pictures that follow.

If the loading area (being relatively flat) and/or the trailer brake system allows (trailer brakes can be set on) the loader may release the trailer, after unloading it from the truck, and grab a lifting strap positioned closer to the slide along the reach. This will allow the loader to have a better view of the truck driver while hooking up the trailer.

If the trailer brakes cannot be set and the loading area is too sloped to release the trailer, the loader can position itself (if possible) closer to the rear of the trailer to give itself a better view of the truck driver’s position.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

The loader operator and the truck driver both have a responsibility to ensure the safety of the truck driver while hooking up the trailer for loading.

  1. Have a secondary lifting strap installed on the reach closer to the slide to allow the loader operator a better view of the truck driver while operating with the boom restricting the view of the truck and trailer.
  2. If the landing and/or trailer do not permit (too steep/no trailer brakes), or a secondary strap is not installed, position the loader towards the rear of the trailer to give the loader operator a better view of the truck driver while hooking up the trailer.
  3. If possible, always have the loader operator unload and position the trailer for hook up from the truck driver’s side of the truck. This will give the loader operator the best view of the truck driver.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Peter Forbes, RPF
Logging Supervisor
Weyerhaeuser
(250) 295-4294

File attachments
2008-04-17 Operating from the blind position.pdf

Equipment Bulletins

Safety Alert Type: 
Heavy Equipment
Location: 
Moffat Lakes Road (James Mountain area)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-01-28
Company Name: 
Westline Harvesting
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On January 28, 2008 one of our loaded Super-B-Train logging trucks encountered braking problems at 1.5 km on the Moffat Lakes Road (James Mountain area) and resulted in the truck and trailers upsetting. Upon brake applications, the pup trailer kept pushing the lead trailer sideways, and not allowing the driver to slow the vehicle in a controllable manner. The driver realized he was a approaching a steeper road section with a sharp corner, and made a heavy brake application to get the vehicle stopped prior to the hill and corner. Upon the heavy brake application, the pup shoved the lead trailer into the snow bank / ditch line, which caused the trailers to upset in the ditch and in turn caused the truck to upset on the road. The investigation identified that the air service line valve to the pup trailer had not been opened by the driver, which caused the pup trailer to have no braking power, and reduced the over-all braking power of the vehicle by 25% The truck and trailers sustained substantial damage due to twisted frames. There were no injuries in this incident. However, the incident had the potential causing a serious injury and/or a fatality.

ROOT CAUSES:

  • The driver failed to follow procedure and open the service line air valve on the brake system to the pup trailer.
  • The driver failed to properly monitor / check his braking system and valves prior to departure.

 

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Ensure that all air lines and valves are open, and that brakes are functioning properly prior to departure.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

David Whitwell at 250-392-4822

File attachments
2008-01-28 Braking Problem.pdf

Equipment Bulletins

Safety Alert Type: 
Heavy Equipment
Location: 
Mackenzie Woodlands
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-01-17
Company Name: 
Canfor
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The employee picked up a vehicle from the service department at Schultz GMC in Prince George after having the 50,000 km service completed. This included inspection of the brakes which necessitated removal of the wheels. After having put on approximately 20-30 km’s, the employee noticed an unusual noise coming from the rear of the truck as he was driving up the Hart highway on the way back to Mackenzie. He pulled into the parking lot of the next available business to try and locate the source of the noise and found that the lug nuts on the rear driver’s side wheel were finger loose. He immediately contacted the service department at Schultz to inform them of the problem. He then jacked up the truck and torqued the lug nuts and checked the other wheels. The lug nuts on the passenger side rear wheel were also loose. The lug nuts were tightened on the remaining wheels and the employee proceeded to Mackenzie.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

The Mackenzie Woodlands Safety Committee would like to share some key learnings/messages from this incident:

  1. Do not assume that work done on a vehicle has been completed properly, regardless of the service centre. Immediately check any unusual vehicle behaviour, especially if it occurs shortly after a vehicle service.
  2. Inform the service centre so they can put procedures in place to avoid future occurrences.
  3. ALWAYS re-torque your wheels after having work done which necessitates their removal. Do not necessarily wait for the recommended 100 km’s to have this done.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Dan Szekely – Operations Coordinator

File attachments
2008-01-17 Loose Lug Nuts.pdf

Worksite Bulletins

Safety Alert Type: 
Worksites
Location: 
Blackwater Spruce Road
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-02-05
Company Name: 
Westroad Resource Consultants Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Crew was timber cruising in a dead IBM attacked stand during moderate to high winds. While collecting data at a plot, a gust of wind knock over a tree. The falling tree got hung up in another tree before reaching the ground but it was directly above the workers heads. The wind remained strong and the crew felt it was unsafe to continue working in the area so they returned home.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Do not work in a dead IBM attacked stands if there are strong winds in the area. The level of risk from the wind should be determined in the office before heading out to the field or during the worksite hazard assessment. Wear hard-hats on winder days.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Jim Kurta
Westroad Resource Consultants Ltd.
Quesnel, B.C.
250-992-2987

File attachments
2008-02-05 High Winds Bring Down trees.pdf

Worker Bulletins

Safety Alert Type: 
Workers
Location: 
BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-05-01
Company Name: 
WorkSafeBC
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

This major amendment to the health and safety regulation for forestry is focused on reducing the high number of serious injuries and fatalities in the sector.

The regulation was reorganized, and major changes were made, relating to:

  1. Prime Contractor: Making the requirement for having a qualified prime contractor on multi-employer sites clearer and more detailed (section 26.1.1);
  2. Planning: Stepping up the requirements related to “planning and conducting” (section 26.2);
  3. Equipment Operations: Introducing specific requirements identifying hazards and safe work areas around equipment (section 26.14.1);
  4. Manual Falling and Bucking: Making the requirement to have a qualified supervisor for hand fallers more specific and detailed (section 26.22.1);
  5. Hauling: Logbook requirements for log haulers (section 26.71.2), and changes regarding climbing on bunks and trailers.

Find out more here.

File attachments
2008-05-01 Worker Bulletins.pdf
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