Logging Operations | Storage Requirements

Tree Harvesting §1910.266(h)(6); (7) & (8)

Loading and Unloading

Transport vehicles must be positioned to provide working clearance between the vehicle and the deck. Only the machine operator and other essential personnel can be in the loading or unloading work area during this operation.
No transport vehicle operator can remain in the cab during the loading/unloading operations when logs are carried or moved over the truck cab, unless the employer can demonstrate that it is necessary. If the operator remains in the truck cab, the cab must be reinforced or some other means of protection must be provided.
Each log must be placed on the transport vehicle in an orderly manner and tightly secured. The load must be positioned to prevent slippage or loss during handling and transport.
Each stake and chock which is used to trip loads must be constructed so that the tripping mechanism is activated on the side opposite the load release.
Tie downs must be left in place over the peak log to secure all logs until the unloading lines or other equivalent protection has been put in place. A stake of sufficient strength to withstand the forces of shifting or moving logs would be considered equivalent protection provided that the logs are not loaded higher than the stake.
Each tie down can be released only from the side on which the unloading machine operates, except:
  • When the tie down is released by a remote control device, and
  • When the employee making the release is protected by racks, stanchions, or similar devices.


The transport vehicle operator must assure that each tie down is tight before transporting the load. While enroute, the operator must check and tighten the tie downs whenever there is reason to believe that the the tie downs have loosened or the load has shifted.


Each deck must be constructed and located so that it is stable and provides each employee with enough room to safely move and work in the area.

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