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Driver Training for Timber Haulage

Driver Development


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Understanding HGV Safety and Fuel Efficiency in Timber Haulage

  • Benefits

  • Vehicle Safety walk around checks

  • Safety

  • Fuel efficiency

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Necessary Qualities of HaulageDriver Training for Timber Haulage



Staying in Control







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Benefits to You the Driver Haulage

  • Improve fuel consumption

  • Reduce stress and fatigue

  • Enhance road and ‘off-tarmac’ safety

  • Reduce vehicle downtime and costs

  • Protect Industry, Company Brand and Image

  • Reduce Environmental Pollution

  • Protect Livelihood

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Vehicle safety checks Haulage

  • Cab air deflector

  • Visual check of fuel tank

  • Tyres

  • Check bolsters

  • Check outriggers

  • Trailer tyre check

  • Listen for air leaks

  • Cab gap

  • Engine oil / fuel leaks

  • Binding brakes

  • Emissions i.e. smoke

  • In-cab instrument check

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Crane safety checks Haulage

  • On approach, look to see how the crane is sitting and check for obvious leaks

  • Ensure stabilising legs are locked and the safety clips are in place

  • Check for damage, bulges and leaks with the hydraulics (hoses, pipes and unions)

  • Check pins are secure on the hydraulic ram, both at the top and the bottom

  • Ensure the seat and all crane access steps are in place and secure

  • Check the gantry for any cracks in welding or splits, and ensure it is secured

  • Check all location bolts for splits, on the leg beams and the chassis

  • Check the boom and pins are secured, and for any cracks

  • Ensure all lights are working and secure

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Safety Awareness Haulage

  • Safety is crucial at all times

  • Operating on harvesting sites can be dangerous

  • All vehicles should carry a pollution prevention kit

  • If you are tired, take a break

  • You must observe the law and take your minimum breaks

  • Do not take risks (high mileage drivers take more risks than other drivers)

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Risk Assessment Haulage

Question: How do you get access to risk assessments for all the sites you operate on?

  • Understand and follow the advice in the risk assessments for all sites you work on

  • If you have not received a copy of the necessary risk assessments, speak to your operations manager

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Lone Working Good Practice Haulage

Question: What procedures do you follow when lone working?

  • Always be aware of, and follow, best practice when lone working

  • Communication: It is advisable to notify someone of the following

    • Where you are going

    • Your planned route

    • When you will be back

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Equipment Haulage

Drivers must wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment

  • Hard hat

  • High visibility jacket

  • Steel toe capped boots

  • Gloves

  • Non snag clothing

    Ensure PPE is kept clean and in good condition

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Agreed Routes Haulage

Question: What do the colours on the agreed route maps mean?

  • Agreed route maps must be used where they exist

  • All drivers should be aware of the agreed route(s) and use them

    Question: Do you have agreed route maps?

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Driver Care Haulage

Potential problems with haulage on public and forestry roads are:

  • Excessive speed

  • Unsafe loads

  • Unnecessary damage to walls and verges

  • Inappropriate timing

  • Use of unsuitable ‘short-cuts’ in preference to agreed routes

  • Delays to reporting damage

  • Driving in convoy

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On Road and Off Tarmac Driving Good Practice Haulage

  • Drive appropriately for the weather and road conditions

  • Observe gross vehicle weights

  • Adhere to speed limits

  • Be aware of other road users

  • Plan ahead

  • Park vehicle so it does not hinder site activities and the use of the road

  • The driver is responsible for deciding if a forest road is safe to use

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Turning Haulage

  • Only turn in designated turning areas (or areas where it is safe to do so)

    • Be aware of verges and ditches

    • Be aware of road edge failure

  • If appropriate, follow the designated 1-way system

  • If possible, turn before you load

  • If you turn in an unsafe place, you risk your vehicle overturning

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Crane Operation Haulage

  • Use appropriate mounting and dismounting technique when accessing the crane

  • Drivers must not move off unless the loader is properly secured

  • Maintain equipment in a safe condition for use

  • Inspect regularly to ensure crane is safe for use

  • Keep a record of inspection until the next inspection

  • Use suitable guards and protection devices (PPE and emergency stop buttons)

  • Always follow the guidance in the manufacturer’s instruction manual

  • Be aware of operator limitations when working at height

  • Only carry out maintenance when equipment is shut down

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Loading Haulage

  • Where possible, the vehicle should be positioned away from the road edge

  • Adequate signage should be put in place during loading to warn others of the hazards

  • Loader stabilisers should always be used while loading

  • Where required, load spreaders should be used under outriggers

  • Overloading vehicles significantly increases forest road damage

  • Avoid uneven loading of the vehicle

  • Stacks must be left safe after loading

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Load Security Haulage

  • Where headboards are fitted, the height of the headboard should be sufficient to stop forward movement of load

  • If no headboard is fitted ,the first bay should have two straps

  • Following bays must have at least 1 strap per bay

  • Timber must should not be loaded across the top of 2 adjoining bays

  • Timber should not be loaded transversely without suitable gates

  • Timber should not be loaded to a height greater than that of the bolsters

  • The outer logs should not be higher than the centre log crowning the load

  • Pins and bolsters should not spread beyond the width of the trailer when loaded

  • Loose bolsters must not be used

  • The load and load straps must be checked before passing from forest to public road

  • The driver is responsible at all times for checking the load is secure

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Unloading at delivery site Haulage

  • Drivers must understand and obey site safety rules

  • Drivers should be aware of the site specific risk assessment

  • Drivers must wear the appropriate PPE as specified in the site rules

  • The loader should be positioned for safe and efficient unloading

  • Stabilisers should be used when unloading with a vehicle-mounted loader

  • The loader, pins and bolsters should be secured and checked before leaving

  • The vehicle should be swept clean of all debris in the designated area

  • Drivers should have the correct paperwork for each load

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Haulage Sanctions Haulage

FC is monitoring breeches of policy regarding uplift procedures and overloading.

Sanctions for:

  • Pin request after load is delivered

  • Failure to request a PIN

  • Failure to uplift within PIN window (lifting load before PIN is valid or after it expires)

  • Overloading


  • Monitored monthly

  • 1 breech = 1 day ban on uplift on the contract

  • Contract specific

  • Cumulative records will be maintained and used to monitor contract performance

  • Persistent and repeated breaches may result in contract termination

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Driver responsibilities during training Haulage

  • The driver is responsible for keeping within the law at all times when driving the vehicle

  • The driver is not under basic instruction and will have full control of the vehicle during the road drive at all times

  • ‘Obligation to obey the Rules and Regulations covering that particular class of vehicle on the road’

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Now... Haulage

  • ‘Check it Out’ video

  • Forestry Safety video

  • Eyesight check

  • Vehicle checks