There were no available photos from the scene of the fatality near Fort St. James. This image shows emergency services responding to the scene of a logging truck incident where the driver was fortunate to escape serious injury when his truck took a slippery turn at the junction of Garner and Ernst Roads the day before, on Dec. 28, near Quesnel. Black Press photo

Logging truck driver fatally injured

B.C. Forest Safety Council urges safety information review

  • Jan. 10, 2018 12:00 a.m.

A logging truck driver was killed last week near Fort St. James, according to a ‘Fatality Alert’ on the B.C. Forest Safety Council website last week.

The report said that on Dec. 29, 2017 near Fort St. James, a loaded log truck struck an empty, stationary log truck that had lost traction on a hill. After the collision the loaded truck left the road and the load of logs moved forward and partially crushed the cab. As a result, the driver of the loaded truck was fatally injured. The road conditions were reported to be icy.

The notice included the following message; “Our condolences go out to the family, friends and co-workers of the deceased and our sympathies to all those affected by this incident.” The name of the driver was not provided.

The RCMP, Coroners Service and WorkSafeBC are investigating. This is the 10th harvesting fatality of 2017.

Although the details of this incident are still unknown, the B.C. Forest Safety Council asked that the following safety information be reviewed:

Hauling safety tipsDrive at the appropriate speed for the conditions and unknown hazards. Know your route and pay special attention to low visibility curves and blind hills. Establish mandatory chain up locations when road conditions are icy, including signage and a pullout location to put on chains.

When conditions are too hazardous, postpone hauling until the situation improves.

When using the radio to transmit critical road safety hazards, like road blockages, confirm that road users have heard the message. Ask them to stop in a safe location and warn other traffic until the blockage can be cleared. Post safety triangles or flares to warn traffic of potential road safety issues as soon as possible.

Develop a plan for timely resource road inspections and maintenance. Use the draft resource road maintenance guideline as a reference: https://www.bcforestsafe.org/files/gde_resourceRoadMaintenance-pilot.pdf

Regularly inspect and maintain vehicles. Make sure important safety equipment like cab guards, wrappers, tires and brakes are all in good condition.