Fri, 05/01/2009
Technical Release

Loading:  safety


INTRODUCTION:  The purpose of this video is to provide log truck loader operators with critical information on the safe operation and maintenance of truck-mounted loaders.

GENERAL FEATURES:  The Log Loader Safety video covers the following topics:

  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Safety Check for Wear, Maintenance, and Defects
  • Site Assessment:  Identification of Potential Hazards
  • Awareness of Other Workers and Equipment in the Operating Area
  • Loader Operation:  Equipment Limitations and Operating Parameters
  • Basic Loader Maintenance Considerations and Situations to Avoid
  • Log Deck Location
  • Safe Mounting/Dismounting of Loader
  • Proper Stabilizer Placement
  • Proper Load Handling Procedures and Precautions
  • Safe Boom Operation
  • External Hazard Awareness
  • Lock-Out/Tag-Out Procedures

Fig. 1: The Log Loader Safety video focuses on truck-mounted loaders.

OPERATION:  This 15-minute video is meant to be part of a more comprehensive training session that covers all aspects of safety associated with log truck operation. One log truck dealer has chosen to provide it to all individuals who have purchased truck-mounted loaders, as a visual supplement to the Operating Manual.  This video, in itself, is not meant to replace a training program but rather to serve as an awareness tool.

To the best of our knowledge, this video is the first of its kind.  The Forest Industry Safety and Training Alliance (FISTA) has been conducting Log Truck Safety workshops for over 10 years, and until the appearance of this video we have been unable to find any specific audio-visual materials on truck-mounted loader safety.

A major benefit of this video is having a major part of log truck operation addressed in an inclusive visual presentation, which has proven to be an integral part of a broader log truck safety training session or one-hour workshop addressing loader safety, specifically.  Another benefit is having these videos available for log truck/loader dealers to use in conjunction with other informational/training materials for their customers or for log trucking companies to use as a training tool for new and existing employees alike.

"This FRA video and training guide is excellent and should be a documented requirement of any log loader operator safety program." - Harry Newman, Safety and Training Coordinator with V&H, Inc.

"We are extremely happy with the information contained in the DVD. We use it with every loader delivered-new or used."  - Maggie Schoenfeld, Marketing Director, Scaffidi

SPECIFICATIONS AND COSTS:  This 15-minute Video (DVD Format) and Training Facilitation Guide is available to FRA members for $50.00 ($100.00 to non-members), domestic shipping and handling included.  For ordering or more information, contact the FRA National Office at 301-838-9385; please refer to stock number 08-A-7.  Residents of Wisconsin and Michigan can order the Log Loader Safety Video from FISTA at a discounted price.  Please contact Lynn Woodford at 715-282-4979 or lynn.woodford@fistausa.org.

 Don Peterson
 Renewable Resource Solutions, LLC
 1353 W. Highway US 2, Suite 2
 Crystal Falls, Michigan  49920

FRA STAFF COMMENT:  This excellent safety video was funded in part by the National Timber Harvesting and Transportation Safety (THATS) Foundation, whose mission is "to promote, support, and serve as a catalyst for safe and professional work attitudes, practices, and conditions in timber harvesting and transportation."

Reviewed by:
Vickie Hoffart
Lake States Region Manager