Log Loading and Transporting
Loading and unloading logs can present employee hazards from the inadvertent release
of logs as well as the movement of the loader itself. Proper securing and releasing of the logs, and clear
work areas can prevent employee injury.
Highlights of Log Loading and Transporting Requirements
- Only the machine operator and other essential personnel are allowed in the loading area.
If a transport vehicle operator is allowed to remain in the vehicle cab while logs are
carried or moved over the cab, the vehicle operator must be protected from falling logs by
an effective means.[1910.266(h)(6)(ii)
- Each tie down must be left in place over the peak log until the unloading lines or
stakes are put in place, and tie downs must be released only from the side on which the
unloading machine operates, unless the tie down is released by remote control or the
employee making the release is protected by rack, stanchions or other effective devices.
- Each stake or chock used to trip loads must be activated from the side opposite the
release of the load. [1910.266(h)(6)(vi)]
- The transport vehicle must be positioned to provide working clearance between the
vehicle and the deck. [1910.266(h)(6)(i)]
- The load must be positioned to prevent slippage or loss during handling and transport.[1910.266(h)(6)(v)]
Examples of Loading