A little snow on the ground sends lowbed off road

Safety Alert Type: 
Heavy Equipment
Location: 
50 km’s north of Prince George
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2011-10-21
Company Name: 
Stones Bay Holdings Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A lowbed was hauling a buncher from one site to another. The roads in the area had a light snowfall from the night before that had started warming in the sunlight. There had been very little traffic on the road.

The lowbed approached a corner in the road travelling at 60 km/h and as the driver turned the steering wheel, the truck continued in a straight line, leaving the roadway at the end of the corner. The truck, trailer and load slid down a 15 – 20’ bank that was covered in brush and small trees.

The truck came to rest on its wheels on the bank, parallel to the road, with no sudden impacts. The buncher toppled over onto its side when the lowbed stopped. Fortunately, the truck was recovered with no fuel, oil or antifreeze spilled and no injuries were reported. However, there was damage to the truck’s bumper, cab, fenders, doors and mirrors, estimated at $50,000. The lowbed trailer and the buncher being transported sustained no damage. The cause was a combination of slippery road surface and driving too fast for road conditions.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Expect sub-par traction following even a dusting of snow, as it warms and melts during the daytime.

• Operate vehicles at speeds appropriate for conditions at the time. A full assessment of road conditions can help.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Stones Bay Holdings Ltd. 250-996-8912

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