Close Call: Keep manual hubs locked on snowy and steep roads

Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Nootka Reforestation
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Travelling alone in his vehicle, a tree planter foreman was checking access to a cutblock. Driver engaged the transfer case into 4-wheel drive on a steep incline. However, the vehicle lost traction in the snow.

The driver realized that the hubs had not been engaged and the road was now too steep and slippery to exit the vehicle to lock in the hubs so he proceeded to back down the hill in 2-wheel drive.

The lone operator of the vehicle had unnecessarily put himself in a dangerous position.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

All crew transport vehicles with manual hubs are to remain in the locked position. Drivers are to ensure in their pre-trip inspection that the 4-wheel drive is in operating condition. This can be done by driving the vehicle in a tight radius and observing the traction pattern.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Lawrence Klingler 250-934-6399

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