Serious incident: ATV operator suffers laceration to leg

Location: 
80 km’s south of Vanderhoof (Kluskus – Red Road)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2012-09-19
Company Name: 
Rhino Reforestation Inc.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A brushing foreman along with his crew of three brushers cut their way into an old logging spur road to access their block (approx.. 9 km’s). The road contained some tall grass, blow down, small immature trees and deep ruts in areas. The crew was travelling in a 4-man Rhino ATV.

After dropping the crew off at the block, the foreman returned to the main road to pick up equipment so he could do some brushing as well. The foreman was travelling faster this trip (approx. 30 km’s per hour) since he had no passengers and was eager to begin brushing as well.

Approximately 6 km’s in, he came to an area on the spur road with deep ruts on the left (route taken the first trip) and a blow down tree on the right. As he tried to avoid the deep ruts, the ATV made contact with the blow down tree. The tree pierced through the bottom front right corner of the ATV, contacted the foreman’s right leg and forced it up to his chest.

The foreman quickly put the ATV into reverse, got out and checked his leg. He had sustained a deep laceration to his right thigh. He grabbed his chainsaw, cut away the blow down tree and freed the ATV. He then proceeded to drive 3 km’s further to his block.

Once onsite he grabbed the first aid kit and rendered first aid on himself (he was also the level 3 attendant). The workers on the block stopped work and drove the injured foreman to the hospital where he received several stitches to his right leg.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Reduce speed when operating ATV’s on spur roads that are uneven, full of ruts and have blow down impeding access.

• Share incidents with company employees and industry to inform them of the consequences of travelling too fast on unfamiliar spur roads that contain obstacles.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Pierre Beaudry, President Rhino Reforestation Inc. 250-612-9792

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