Congested worksite puts rock truck, workers at risk

Safety Alert Type: 
Road Building/Deactivation
Location: 
Head of Adams Lake Rock Creek FSR (Shuswap region north of Chase, BC)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2013-10-31
Company Name: 
Glenn Jackson Contracting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A culvert was being replaced on the Rock Creek Forest Service Road.

A rock truck was hauling fill to an excavator on narrow road with a steep bank leading down into a creek. There was about 4” of fresh snow and the air temp was around 4 degrees resulting in slippery conditions.

The rock truck was backing to culvert location from the loading site approx. 200m and had to negotiate around the engineers’ pickups as well as make sure he did not get too close to the edge of the road. The worksite / dump location was too constrained, adding unnecessary difficulty to the maneuver of backing up and dumping his load on the narrow road.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

The supervisor stopped the rock truck driver and excavator operator to discuss the situation as well as measures to reduce the hazard.

A few easy solutions were:

1) Move the two pickups in the active worksite to expand the safe area for the rock truck

2) Keep rock truck away from the soft shoulder of the road

3) Plow off the snow or spill some dirt on top of the snow to add grip to the road surface

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Glenn Jackson Contracting Ltd. Jackson2@telus.net 

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