2009-11-11 Grader Rolls Off Outside Edge of Road While Passing Another Vehicle

Location: 
Goat River Forest Service Road, Near Kitchener BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2009-11-11
Company Name: 
J.H. Huscroft Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Grader left the running surface of the road while attempting to pass a pickup in a
narrow section of the road. The grader rolled off the outside edge of the road and
overturned coming to rest on the ROPS canopy. Operator was wearing the seatbelt
and was not injured. The ROPS canopy was damaged requiring replacement as well
as a hydraulic ram and several hydraulic lines, fittings, lights, wiring, and safety
glass.

The incident occurred on a holiday when the rest of the crew was off. The grader
was working extra hours to catch up on snow plowing. The machine was travelling
(high-blading) to the highway when it met a firewood cutter/hunter on the FSR. The
operator got too far out on the outside edge of the road when he tried to pass the
oncoming traffic and slid off the soft shoulder of the road. The machine came to rest
upside down in the riparian zone of the Goat River. The fuel tank was low and very
little fuel was spilled.

See photograph in original alert document

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  1. When travelling on forest roads always be prepared to meet members of thepublic without radios. Pay attention to the road and your speed.
  2. Stop and backup to a wide spot or pullout rather than attempting to pass in narrow sections of road. The shoulder of the road can be very soft and give way, especially following long periods of rain and snow.
  3. Always wear your seatbelt!
  4. Make use of the lights and flashers on your machine to improve your visibility.
  5. Manage brush along haul roads to maximize sightlines.

For more information, please call: 250-428-3723

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