Log strikes driver at dewrap station

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Kootenay Region
Company Name: 
Details of Incident / Close Call: 
  • Log was not secured within the stakes.
  • Wrappers removed at dewrap station, as the arms were raised the log fell and struck drivers hand.
  • Driver taken to hospital and received stitches on finger.
  • The load was checked part way from block to mill and the log was not loose at this time.
  • Driver did not assess the load for hazards such as loose logs or objects prior to removing the wrappers at the mill.

Potential Hazards

  • Logs or objects that are not secured within stakes in a load have potential to fall below the arms on dewrap station.
  • Dewrap only protects from logs that come overtop the stakes and not logs that are lower than the dewrap arms.
  • Short logs should be contained within the bundle and not on the outside or top of a load.
  • Dewrap station may create a false sense of security that it protects drivers from all potential hazards.
  • Loads may shift during the trip - rough roads, frost heaves, train crossings all contribute.


Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Prior to leaving Loader ensure load is crowned and all logs on the outside of the load horizontally extend more than 6” past the stakes.
  • Drivers complete hazard assessment of load prior to lowering dewrap arms and removing wrappers.
  • If load found to be unsafe, do not use dewrap station. Call loader operator to assist in safely restraining load prior to removing wrappers.
  • Log yard and Harvesting supervisors to increase frequency of observations at dewrap stations with a focus on educating the importance of hazard assessment.
  • Woodlands Transportation Safety Procedures updated to include, assessing load prior to using the dewrap and what to do if unsafe load identified.


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