Planning & Management

Safety Alert Type: 
Planning and Engineering
Location: 
Southern Interior
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-01-01
Company Name: 
MacLeod Forest Services Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Our Job Safety Analysis indicates that log hauling and road use are likely areas for incidents to occur. The results of any road incident are likely to be severe. Increased and focused harvesting in response to the pine beetle increases the potential for a serious road related accident. Most contractors have access to trained and equipped first aid attendants and ETV’s however if the accident traps a worker in the vehicle or if the vehicle is down a steep bank specialized rescuers and equipment may be required (Jaws of Life, rope rescue). While assisting several harvesting contractors in preparing their emergency evacuation plans we contacted BC Ambulance, local Fire Departments and other rescue services in various towns to find out how far up logging roads they could respond. We discovered there may be limitations on rescue agencies abilities to respond to resource road accidents. BC Ambulance may not go off main roads due to vehicle limitations and depending on the experience of attendants. Fire Departments may not be authorized to leave their designated protection area or may not be equipped with trucks capable of negotiating resource roads. Search and Rescue is not likely to be equipped for vehicle rescue.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Pre-planning is important to ensure any potential rescue/evacuation is as efficient as possible. This pre-planning is best conducted by the prime contractor for a road system which is likely the Licensee(s). Prior to work commencing on a road system Licensees should contact the closest emergency services to coordinate a response plan. This planning process must include discussions about:

1. Areas to be worked, timing of projects and volume of traffic.

2. Key areas (narrow sections, sharp curves, steep side hills, historical problem sites)

3. Quality of the roads (grades, maintenance, road surface).

4. Responder limitations (jurisdiction, training, vehicle) and solutions.

5. Rendezvous points where manpower and equipment may be transferred to pickups.

Licensees should ensure that their emergency plan for any road related incident includes:

1. Immediately after notice of an accident is broadcast all traffic stops at the closest available pullout and stays stopped until given the all clear.

2. The closest radio equipped empty/up vehicles marshal at the rendezvous point (likely 0 km) to act as guides to rescue vehicles.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Doug MacLeod 250-499-2785 Email: dmacleod@nethop.net

File attachments
2008-01-01 Planning for the Worst.pdf
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