Truck driver killed when struck by log that rolled off truck during loading operation - Alaska, November 7, 1992.
NIOSH 1993 Mar; :1-6
A truck driver was killed when the top log on one side of a trailer shifted and rolled off the trailer, striking him and fatally crushing his head and chest. The 49 year old male truck driver was employed by a logging company. On the day of the accident, the driver began working with a log shovel/loader, performing their usual task of loading and hauling logs. The shovel/loader had piled the logs so that they nearly reached the tops of the stakes at each corner of the trailer. The victim exited his truck cab, walked around the front of the truck to the trailers forward right side and began laying out the first of two binders. The load shifted, and then a log 40 feet long, 20 inches in diameter at the base, fell from the truck, striking the victim and killing him. It was recommended that log truck drivers and other workers stay clear of log loading operations until loads are stabilized, that employers ensure that all logging employees receive adequate training in safe work procedures, that employers conduct periodic inspections to ensure that workers follow company safety procedures, and that manufacturers and employers should consider manufacturing and/or retrofitting log trucks with retention stakes high enough to adequately secure anticipated log loads.
NIOSH-Author; FACE-93-03; Region-10; Accident-analysis; Safety-practices; Logging-workers; Lumber-industry-workers; Truck-drivers
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report No. FACE-93-03, 6 pages