2011-01-06 Improper Calling

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Northern Interior Region-Quesnel District-7704 Kilometer Road
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
J-Val Holdings
Details of Incident / Close Call: 


Operator left the block at the end of his shift. He called from the 7708 km mark, loaded “down” pickup. At the 8 km mark (the Stamp Hammer) the Operator switched from the Lad 3 channel to the Polar 1 channel. He called 6 km driving out and called again at the 4 km mark. Just before the 3 km board another truck was driving up the 7703 kilometer road and came into immediate view. Prior to this the Operator had no audible notice that there was another vehicle approaching. This was due to the other Operator either failing to call the kilometers, possible radio malfunction or being on the wrong channel.
The road was too narrow for vehicles to meet at this junction so both vehicles veered to their right, narrowly missing each other, avoiding what could have been a serious, possibly fatal accident.


Learnings and Suggestions: 


Drivers need to use extra caution, being aware of the time of day that they are travelling, particularly at hours when shift change is most likely happening, knowing that oncoming traffic will be utilizing the road.
Always drive with caution, using your radio as a safety tool and being aware of your surroundings, knowing unforeseen situations could arise, both on highways and forest service roads.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Jim Dunkley 250-992-9886 or 250-983-3443

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