Safety Reminder

Several reports of serious injuries and fatalities associated with log trucking have come to our attention recently:

  • A pickup truck was following a log truck on private property. When the log truck came to a stop, the pickup driver ran his vehicle into the back of the log truck, and an overhanging log pierced his windshield, killing him.

  • The driver of a pickup on a public road did not notice a truck driver backing a load of wood chips across the road into a private driveway, during the evening in low visibility, and failed to brake in time. The pickup slammed into the trailer and went underneath it, killing one of the pickup’s occupants and injuring the other.

  • A log truck rear-ended a school bus that had stopped to pick up a child, who was then walking down the aisle of the bus. The impact injured the child.

  •  A limb broke off or fell off a log truck on a public road, smashing through the windshield of a pickup truck heading in the opposite direction, although the pickup’s driver leaned sideways and avoided serious injury.

  • The driver of a self-loading log truck died when the operator’s seat on his external loader broke, and he fell to the ground.
The National Timber Harvesting and Transportation Safety Foundation (THATS) reminds everyone that safe behavior and safe working procedures are vital to the success and survival of our industry. Looking to build safety awareness? There is a wealth of information, and specific safety procedures, for logging, trucking, and woodlands safety at www.loggingsafety.com. This web site, searchable by key word, contains many free downloads: 

  • Safety brochures for logging equipment and trucking procedures most associated with risk exposure;

  • 46 one-page Loss Control Overviews designed to help logging and trucking business managers improve their operations’ safety;

  • Over ten years of FRA Safety Alerts, and Technical Releases on safety topics;

  • And many other safety resources, both free and for purchase.
You can help improve safety awareness by confidentially submitting documentation of accidents or close calls you are aware of to your FRA Region Manager, to assist in the development of an FRA Safety Alert.

Remember: safety-conscious individuals make better managers, better employees, and better customers!