Loose Debris Breaks Windshield of Car

Hazard Alert

Check Load Before Transport for Loose Debris

A vehicle was travelling east on Highway 103 heading towards Bridgewater (just before Exit 13) when debris fell off a truck carrying pulpwood travelling west, breaking the windshield of the on-coming vehicle. Subsequently, the driver of the vehicle filed a complaint with the pulp company claiming that a piece of bark fell from the on-coming load of pulpwood and hit his windshield.

Loads of processor-cut roundwood can have loose bark or branches that may separate from bolts of wood during handling.

Recommendations to Prevent a Recurrence

Inspect loads of roundwood before movement from roadside to remove any loose objects that could fall from the load during transport.

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.