2008-11-19 Frequency Change Results in Near Miss

Boundary / Kootenay
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
P&D Logging Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A forestry consultant entered a resource road.  He had used this road several times recently.  He called "0 up, anyone close" on the frequency posted at 0 km and hearing no response proceded up the road calling every 5 km and at "must call" locations.

Part way up the road, he unexpectedly met a loaded logging truck.  It was hunting season so the log truck driver was driving as if he would meet private vehicles at any time and a collision was avoided.

The investigation revealed that the logging contractor had just returned to work on this road.  The company had worked for a local Licensee for years on this road.  The Licensee had recentley shut  down, responsibility for the road had altered and the Ministry of Forests changed the road frequency on this system.  When the logging trucks arrived to start hauling some of them didn't have the new frequency in their radios.  As no other contractors were working on the road system the supervisor told them to work on the old frequency they all had and informed the Ministry of Forest and BCTS reps.  He didn't realize the sign at 0 km still showed the new frequency.  After this close call he immediately changed the sign to the current working fequency.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Contractors and workers should be aware that current industry conditions are leading to changes in the responsibilities and worksite practices.  Long time procedures, including radio frequencies in use, may be altered unexpectedly.

  1. Pre-works for everyone including road users are very important.  One of the topics must be the road frequency used.
  2. Signs at the bottom of the roads must be accurate regarding the frequency in use.
  3. All road users should be informed about any changes in the frequency with enough lead time to make the required changes.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Dan Pilon, P&D Logging Ltd.


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2008-11-19 Frequency Change Results in a Near Miss.pdf
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