Loading and Hauling With Self Loader

Hazards Identified
Spilled loads, personal injuries to operator, damages to other vehicles

Hazard-Specific Personal Protective Equipment
CSA approved Grade I foot protection, CSA approved hard hat, safety eye glasses, and reflective vest.  Hearing protection will be required unless the equipment has a valid certificate indicating that noise levels do not exceed 85 dB.

Hazard-Specific Training

Safe Work Practice

Safety Standards

  • Safety standards
  • Class I license
  • Vehicle inspection report and in place log book
  • Loader certified annually by a competent person
  • First aid & WHMIS trained
  • Spill kit
  • Remote location
  • Plan first aid kit and two 3lb extinguishers
  • Audible back-up alarm

General Requirements

  • Never work under or near a power line
  • Never be on top of the load or above 3 m of height unless fall restraint is in use
  • Always use 3 point landings
  • Ensure all mechanical equipment is inspected properly
  • Mud flaps and slide guards in place
  • Look for any obstruction(s) that may impede the arc of swing. Should there be any nearby impediment, pull the material at a low angle across the truck/trailer bed.  Reposition the grapple beyond the balance point and lift over the stake(s) with caution.
  • Loaders without heels will place the material that is being grappled on the opposite side of the boom from which the loader operator is situated.
  • When using a heel, butts are to be placed under and in contact with the heel at all times.
  • Assure that the load is crowned, contained within the truck or trailer stakes and the material is carefully placed and aligned so that each piece is in contact and mutually supported by the other(s).
  • Random-length, ten or eight foot material on the back bay or truck bed will be placed so that the wood is sloped slightly toward the front.

Regulations, Standards and References

Goals of the FSSNS

  • Save lives and reduce injuries.
  • Reduce all costs associated with work place accidents.
  • Improve profits.
  • Maintain compliance with regulatory bodies.
  • Manage and establish ownership of industry managed loss control programs.
  • Reduce Workers' Compensation rates.
The Forestry Safety Society of Nova Scotia is registered under the Societies Act of Nova Scotia. It is a separate entity, having a Memorandum of Association and By-Laws. The Society is governed by a Board of Directors, representing all sectors of the forest industry.