How to Prevent Rollover Accidents

Rollovers, which occur at an alarming rate in the forest & logging industry, are one of the most dangerous and potentially fatal exposures for log truck drivers, and result in millions of dollars' worth of lost equipment, production and manpower every single year. Just one rollover accident can easily result in upwards of $65,000 in claim indemnity payments, potentially increasing a logging company's cost of risk at renewal. From poor driving conditions and speeding to driver fatigue, distracted driving and load securement, rollover accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. 

It is imperative that log truck drivers are trained to prevent rollover accidents. Utilizing GPS and installing onboard truck cameras can provide logging company owners with insight into driver behavior and indicate where further training is required to help reduce risk. Furthermore, onboard cameras can capture the events that lead to accidents which will greatly enhance accident reviews, and provide information for, "lessons learned," conversations with other drivers that form part of a fleet.

Here are some key tips that drivers should follow:

Load Securement

  • Place the largest, heaviest logs at the bottom of the load to ensure the center of mass is as low as possible.
  • Place load securement straps or other devices in locations that help minimize shifting. Any movement can cause drastic changes in vehicle stability, which can lead to a rollover accident.
  • Collaborate with load personnel to ensure weights, load distribution and securement of loads are all appropriate for safe transit.
  • Adequate crowning of logs ensure that a load's center of mass will be near the center of the trailer's track width.
  • Use counterweights to neutralize any imbalances.

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  • Eating, drinking and using a mobile phone are typical examples of how you can become distracted while driving. Road conditions can change quickly so being ready to act swiftly is vital.
  • Driving while fatigued can cause a lack of attention leading to either slow or exaggerated reactions.
  • Avoid driving on the shoulder of a road. The shoulders of many roads are soft and unsupported. 

Speed and Steering

  • Always watch your speed and slow down around curves and turns.
  • When reacting quickly, entering corners, or turning, be careful not to over or under steer.
  • If you do make a mistake, stay calm and avoid overcorrecting. 

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