LTSC Newsletter April 2011
Mudguards for Logging Trucks:
LTNZ has accepted the LTSC’s position regarding the issues with full guards on log trucks
Therefore Attached is the VTNZ instruction to testing stations – that in summary says:
- Log trucks must have at least quarter guards fitted to drive axles – front & rear
- Unless damage to guards is likely to fall off then holes, rips - are not reason for rejection
The VIRM is due for an update – which will include this instruction with clear pictures for VTNZ & CVIU staff to follow
The Log Transport Safety Council and Forest Owners Association are concerned about the number of incidents over the last 2 years where experienced Log Truck drivers have received severe lost time injuries whilst either twitching/ raking down their load or releasing the twitch/rake in the loading / unloading phase.
Fit for the Road Program:
Following on from the successes and feedback from last years 12 month Fit for the Road programme - A new shorter program of 4 months duration will now be run on a region by region basis, with Northland finishing their program at the end of 2010. The East Coast / Gisborne area started in February with 22 participants.
The program has being going well, with Michelle keeping in regular contact with those on the program.
This program is due to finish in May and all those taking part will mark the finish with a group walk/run and BBQ. Well done to all the drivers and office staff who took part in the Fit for Road program.Tokoroa area will be the next group to do the program and this will be run over the winter months, Michelle has already scoped out activities that can be done inside as well as outside your normal work hours. Michelle will be attending Transport company’s health and safety meetings to outline the program to those attending. Winter Alert:
It’s that time of year again where we will see a spike in rollovers, Drivers should be extra alert at this time of the year.The Industry is going through a very busy time and people cannot afford to compromise on Health and SafetyAlready we have seen an increase in rollovers in March when compared to the December to February quarter.Stay alert, Stay safeKeep it 10 below:
LTNZ / ACC & the Road Transport Association Region 2 are working with the industry to erect these signs at identified rollover blackspots - warning drivers to reduce speeds into corners. Currently these are in Waikato and will be erected in the Northland & Gisbone from May. The posters & other advice have a couple of simple messages:
- Travel 10km below
- the speed advisory sign
- on posted corners.
- Speed + Load + corner = rollover
Work with LTSC to identify local blackspots where these could be erectedLoad Security Trials:
LTSC is currently undertaking a greenfields review of log truck load restraint legislation & practices around the worldAn Australian firm has been engaged as part of the project to draw on some of their work they did with BlueScope Steel – moving from chain to webbing without twitches – on steel freight.Overseas experiences with other load restraint systems and product are all to be evaluated and then compared to current practices in NZ logtruck operationsSpecifically the ergonomics and injuries arising from the use of the current systems is to be compared and traded-off to develop recommendations that will meet both Safety and Performance standards.Dynex Rope trials:
During 2010 the Industry ran some trials with Dynex rope, the results were disappointing because the rope showed too much wear and tear to be cost effective for the Industry. The manufacturers have approached the Industry to see if we would take part in another trial which will be run in conjunction with one in Sweden, 2 operators in Nelson and 1 in Northland are going to take part and the Industry looks forward to the results. The Dynex rope is lighter than anything else available currently and if we can get it to work this will assist drivers greatly when they throw the rope over their loads.ACOP review – The Dept of Labor “Grey Book”
The final draft of the 2011 Forestry Code of Practice is out for consultation. Everyone has until the end of May to make submissions on the draft.
A lot of work by many groups has seen the document to this stage.If you would like a copy of the document please contact Mark Preece
or the LTSC Secretary.LTSC will summarise any comments forwarded to the secretarySRT measurement:
Specific SRT requirements for loaded logging trucks have been brought in with amendments to the Vehicle Dimensions and Mass Rule which came into effect on the 1st of April 2011.Allows averaged multiple measurements of the load if the highest point fails SRT
More information is available at reference Log SRTSenior Driver Certificate:
This new certificate has been completed and is now registered as a national certificate, if you would like more details of this please check the Tranzqual site or contact the LTSC Secretary.A group of Nelson drivers are going to start the new certificate in mid April.Now that the Senior Certificate has been approved the Council has developed a training pathway for Log truck drivers, there will be Bronze, Silver and Gold awards, more on this as it is rolled out.22 metre permits:
Please ensure your drivers have their 22 metres in the truck at all times, it is expensive not to do soPro Forma Vehicles:
There have been several permits issued for pro forma log trucks - nearly all for length. NZTA and the RTF are working on permits that will allow operators to apply for weight permits that will give your better axle loading options.Remember HPMV vehicles approved for length are general access vehicles and work anywhere on the roading network, those permits issued for weight can only work on the approved routes.If you would like to know which routes have approved for weight limits, have a look on the NZTA site - they are all there.Incident database:
The Forest Industry is still experiencing rollovers on a regular basis - Monday and Tuesday are still the worst days of the week for rollovers.Rollover Incidents are linked to Fatigue?!
TERNZ have been engaged to undertake work on seeing if there are any correlations to weekend sleep patterns for drivers and the high incidence of rollovers early in the week.The Council will draft an information pack that can be sent to Forest Owners / Despatchers / operators and drivers which may educate and inform all parties involved in the transport operation to help eliminate a lot of these incidents.Port User Group:
The LTSC are part of a group that is looking at way to improve the supply chain, with the first part looking at port operations and delays occurring at checkpoints around the country.Paul Jensen is the independent chairman of the group which includes representatives from Forest Owners, Log Exporters, Port Marshalling Companies and the LTSC.To date there has been 2 meetings, currently we are collecting GPS data on the Northland, Tauranga and Gisborne Ports to find out were trucks are spending their time around the wharf, and we will be advising operators of the outcomes as we work through the process.Email vs. Snail mailIf you have an e-mail address and you received this newsletter by the slow mail system, could you please advise the Secretary you e-mail address and newsletters etc will be forwarded by this method going forward? This is cost effective option for the Council.
Secretary’s e-mail address is: