Logging Safety: A Field Guide

Section Six: Loading and Transporting

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  • The loading and unloading of log trucks can be extremely dangerous.
  • Loading within safe limits and using safe work practices can ensure a safe operation.

Loading and Transporting Safety

  • Only the machine operator and necessary workers are allowed in the loading area.
  • Log truck drivers must be out of the cab if logs are moved over the cab (unless protected by reinforcement of the cab or other effective means).
  • Each tie down must be left in place over the peak log until the unloading lines or stakes are put in place. Tie downs must be released only from the side on which the unloading machine operates.
  • The logging truck must be positioned to provide working clearance between the truck and the deck.
  • The load must be positioned to prevent slippage during handling and transport.
  • The safest load is one in which the logs never go above the stanchions!

The Loading Danger Zones

  • Danger zones are on both sides of the log truck behind the cab.
  • If any person is in a hazard area, the loader operator cannot perform any work that could cause logs to move or fall.

Loading and Transporting Checklist

  • Are only authorized necessary workers in the area or within the danger zone?
  • Is there working clearance between the truck and logs being loaded?
  • Is the driver out of the cab?
  • Are the logs being loaded to prevent slippage?
  • Is the height of the logs being kept well below the truck's stanchions?
  • Are the logs secured immediately after loading and before moving the truck?
  • Are the tie downs left in place until unloading lines or stakes are put in place?
  • Are tie downs released from the side on which the unloading machine operates?