Timber Harvesting Systems – Learn About the Common Accidents

One of the most important tasks in a timber harvesting system is to transport unmanufactured forest products. Around 90% of the wood is transported to mills via truck. This mode of transportation is prone to accidents, so they should be handled in an efficient and safe manner.

In this article, we will learn about the common causes of the accident that happens during harvesting system.


Unsafe trucking practices while working with remorque a bois can lead to injury and damage to property that results in unproductive time. Ineffective working practices pose the risks of lost revenue. This can lead to machine breakdowns, and higher labor, and fuel expenses.

Payeur is a leading company that sells wooden trailers, loaders, and forestry equipment and their spare components in Laurier-Station, Drummondville, and La Guadeloupe, cities in Quebec, Canada.

Impact the harvesting system

Safety hazards and inefficiencies in the carriage of unmanufactured forest products impacts the ability of wood-processing, and harvesting systems to function effectively. It becomes very important that each connection of the fiber-wood supply chain functions efficiently and safely close to its maximum capacity.

This circumstance forces forest managers for investigation, and analysis of losses due to inefficiency and accidents in the supply-chain linkage suitable to the entity.

Causes of Accidents

Similar to the transit of forest products, harvesting of timber is a risky occupation. The “best working practices” assists in lowering the chances of a truck driver to get injured.


The planning stage is the first opportunity to reduce trucking-related accidents than can happen in a harvesting operation. Below is a list of best working practices that reduce accidents during this stage of the harvesting operation.

Sight distance:

Identify haul road entrances to enable sight distances and safe stopping distances to oncoming traffic. A vehicle traveling at a speed of 60 mph needs a sight distance of around four hundred feet to six hundred feet.


Use signs such as “Trucks Entering Road” for alerting oncoming traffic. All stands and signs need to fulfill standards that are set in NCRHC Report (National Cooperative Highway Research Program Report).


Remove mud from the area of public road entrance. Wooden mats, gravel, and a combination of gravel, and geotextile will be useful to remove mud from highway entrances.

Entry permits:

Ensure that you have necessary entry permits prior to beginning operation.

Turning radius:

Learn about the required turning radii for trucks that you will use at the harvesting site. If you are constructing new roads, then design them accordingly.


Trucking is the most expensive area of any timber-harvesting task. So, you should explore all possibilities to lower its cost, and enhance its efficiencies too. With better safety mechanisms you can reduce the possibilities of accidents during the operation.

Post Author: Hattie Braden