2009-01-06 False Road Surface Causes Truck to Hit Ditch

2000 Road at 2015 km
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
WestLine Harvesting
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

 A worker was driving a pick-up up/empty on the 2000 Road at 2015 km on a right hand corner when he met a down/loaded logging truck. The pick-up driver moved over to the right to create greater clearance between the logging truck and the pick-up, but ended up falling off the roadway. Had the passenger wheels on the pick-up not caught a grader berm located approximately 1.5 feet below the road surface, the pick-up likely would have ended up down a long steep ravine. No damage or injuries occurred as the worker was able to drive out of the ditch. This incident had the potential to cause serious damage to the vehicle and potentially serious injuries. The investigation revealed that trailers of up/empty logging trucks had been off-tracking to the inside of this corner and flattened the grader snow berm and created a false road surface.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Reminder to all drivers that trailer off-tracking can create a false road surface on inside corners. Trailer tires can compress grader snow berms causing the road surface edge to become indistinguishable. Make sure you know where the edge of the road is, and keep a safe distance away from the edge of the road / snow bank to avoid falling off the road or being sucked into the ditch.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

 Contact Dave Whitwell at (250) 392-4822

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