Utility trailer connections should be checked before each trip, there and back!

Location: 
Wood River Forest Service Road (approx. 150 km’s north of Revelstoke)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2013-09-20
Company Name: 
Downie Timber Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A crew hooked up a utility trailer loaded with two quads, with all 3 employees helping to hook the hitch to the ball of the truck. They ensured the ball was the correct size for the hitch, that it was attached properly, correctly fastened and pinned, and that the safety chains were attached and lights were connected and checked to ensure they were working.

The crew then proceeded to travel more than 150 kilometres on the highway and 20 kilometres on a forest service road, including a steep incline to load and unload off of an access barge - all without incident. The trailer was left attached to the truck for the day.

At the end of the day the quads were loaded back onto the trailer and the crew proceeded to head out of the bush. At around 5 km’s into the trip, the driver hit a large pot hole and the impact caused the trailer to bounce off the ball hitch. Fortunately the truck was not traveling at a high speed and the truck and trailer were able to be brought to a stop safely with no damage to the truck and only minimal damage to the trailer (a broken safety chain).

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Inspect utility trailer connections thoroughly and ensure you are using the correct size ball for the trailer you are hauling.

• Stop and recheck connections before proceeding with travel on forest service roads and recheck set up before proceeding home at the end of the day.

• Travel at a reduced speed when hauling utility trailers along roads that are not well maintained to allow for time to react to unknown road obstacles.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Downie Timber Ltd. - Woodlands Division, Revelstoke, BC (250) 837-2222

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