Logging Truck & Half-Ton Truck Collide Head-On

Hazard Alert

Drive Appropriately for Conditions

The contractor was driving his half-ton truck inbound on a Company road enroute to his machine. He collided with a loaded log truck that was outbound, heading toward Highway 8. Both drivers were calling out their positions on the CB radio system. The half-ton driver could not hear the log truck driver. The log truck driver heard the half-ton driver and reduced his speed for the on-coming vehicle. The collision occurred on a blind corner at the bottom of a hill. The driver of the log truck veered to the right and came to a stop in the snow bank on the shoulder of the road. The half-ton driver had already started down the hill when he saw the on-coming headlights. He applied the brakes upon seeing the log truck. Once the half-ton truck lost traction and began to slide, the operator shifted into reverse in an attempt to stop. This may have contributed to the loss of vehicle control. The half-ton hit the log truck head-on. Contact was made on the front left corner of each vehicle. Airbags were not deployed in either vehicle. Road conditions were slippery. There were no injuries as a result of the accident.

Recommendations to Prevent a Recurrence

Drive appropriately for road conditions and watch for on-coming traffic. Do not rely solely on the use of CB radios to confirm on-coming traffic

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.