Resource Road Safety Bulletin

Location: 
South Peace Road Safety Commitee
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2009-09-09
Details of Incident / Close Call: 
 

History

In the last 10 years motor vehicles have claimed 68 lives in the forest and oil and gas industries of British Columbia.  Resouce road fatalities accounted for 36 of these fatalities.  The predominant contributing factors related to resource roads were road design and maintenance, speed, personal impairment and lack of radio communication.  Failure to wear seat belts was noted in 58% of resource road fatalities. (Reference: Resource Road Demonstration Project Final Report July 2009)."

In 2008 the South Peace Road Safety Committee (SPRSC) was formed with the primary purpose of facilitating road safety and support for road owners due dilligence with respect to the Workers Compensation Act. (Reference: SPRSC Terms of Reference 2009)

Learnings and Suggestions: 
 

Moving Forward

The South Peace Road Safety Commitee has finalized a set of Best Management Practices, Procedures, and Guidelines aimed at improving safety on resource roads in the South Peace (southern portion of the Peace Forest District in Northeast British Columbia).  The Committee has set an implementation date of October 1st, 2009 for the member companies to implement change and further promote safe operation and use of BC resource roads.

The implementation and application of the newly developed tools within the Peace Forest District may also hold future relevence to resource road safety in other Forest Districts and jurisdictions.  British Columbia currently holds some 600,000 kilometres of resource roads used by the public (recreation, etc.) and industry (resource extraction, etc.)

Resource Road Users

On October 1st, 2009 key changes regarding the use of resource roads in the South Peace will come into effect requiring actions and change on your part as a user/driver; Your 2-way radios will need re-programing to add the 42 new resource road channels; mew radio calling procedures will go into effect (calling up and down versus loaded and empty); new rules for oversized loads and convoy travel apply and increased enforcement of road rules and procedures by tenure holders and employers will occur. Please review the procedures and pest practice documents (available online):

- Standardized road rules (Procedure # 1 -Driving Resource Roads)

- 42 new resource road radio channels (Procedure # 1 - Driving Resource Roads, Point 18 and Best Management Practice #9 - Assignment of Radio Frequencies)

- Standardized radio call procedures (Prcedure # 2 - Radio Call Protocol

- Specific direction for heavy transports (Procedure # 3 - Oversized loads/Low-bedding Equipment)

- Reccomendations to enhance compliance and enforcement (Best Management Practice # 2 - Compliance and Enforcement)

Resouce Road Tenure Holders and Owners

Please review the full suite of SPRSC Best Management Practices, Procedures, and Guidlines (available online) and be aware of the requirements as they apply to the roads that you operate or are responsible to maintain.  Implementation begins October 1st, 2009.  The success of this program is dependent upon each of the Tenure Holders/Owners efforts to implement the needed changes in a timely and effective manner:

- Best Management Practice #1 - Co-ordination of Multiple User Work Sites

- Best Management Practice #2 - Compliance and Enforcement

- Best Management Practice #3 - Accident/Incident Reporting

- Best Management Practice #4 - Standard for Informational Road Sign

- Best Management Practice #5 - Road Design and Construction

- Best Management Practice #6 - Emergency Response Protocol

- Best Management Practice #7 - Assignment of Radio Frequencies

- Procedure #1 - Driving Resource Roads

- Procedure #2 - Radio Calling Protocol

- Procedure #3 Oversized Loads/Low-bedding Equipment

- Procedure #4 - Strandard for Managing Road Hazards

- Procedure #5 - Communication Protocol

- Guideline #1 - Minimum Resouce Road Maintenance Standard

- Guideline #2 - Equitable Cost Sharing of Resource Road Maintenance

- Guideline #3 - Making Resource Road Restrictions Known

- Guidleine #4 - Sample of a Standard Road Maintenance Agreement

For more information on this submitted alert: 
 

Resources

On the Web:
SPRSC Resource Road Best Managemtn Practices, Procedures, and Guidelines
WorkSafe BC - Injury Prevention Resouces for Petroleum (Oil & Gas) - Resouce Roads
BC Forest Safety Council - Tools for Resource Road Users
 
In Person:
If you hold questions with respect to resource road use of management please contact your employer or a resource road owner or maintainer directly.

 

File attachments
Final Resource Road Safety Bulletin Sept 9 2009.pdf
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