Truck driver struck in the face by piece of wood

A truck driver was knocked unconscious while he was attempting to free a piece of wood jammed between the dual wheels of a logging trailer unit.

Circumstances

The driver was attempting to remove the piece of wood when the tyre blew out, causing an injury to his head.

[image] Shows truck driver being struck by log behind truck and truck rolling backwards over him

Investigation

The investigation determined that the accident was caused by:

  1. a piece of wood possibly picked up on a logging skid site
  2. travelling some distance with the wood lodged between the tyres, causing damage to the tyre
  3. attempting to remove by hand.

WorkSafe New Zealand advice

Place a bar between the jammed object and the wheel hub and drive the truck in the appropriate direction.

To which industries/sectors or matters will this information be relevant?

  • Forestry
  • Mobile plant
  • Transport


Published: December 2010. Updated August 2017.

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