Pickup and log truck collide in unexpected meeting

Safety Alert Type: 
Resource Roads
Location: 
Ellis Creek Forest Service Road (near Penticton, BC)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2014-01-06
Company Name: 
Lusted Logging Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

It was around mid-day when a worker in his pickup truck travelled southeast (down) the Ellis Creek FSR, heading for Penticton.

As he entered a corner at the 40.1 km mark, the pickup driver collided head on with an empty logging truck heading in the opposite direction (see photos in attached pdf).

It appears the pickup truck lost traction and control just prior to the corner and was attempting to correct as he entered the corner, when the collision occurred.

The pickup drivers’ logging radio was tuned into the logging contractor’s private operating channel rather than the road channel.

This would indicate that the pickup driver was unaware that the logging truck was travelling toward him and at what location.

The road was well maintained at the time of the collision.

It was noted that the driver was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• OH&S Regulation 16.5 says, “The operator of mobile equipment must operate the equipment safely, maintain full control of the equipment, and comply with the laws governing the operation of the equipment.”

• Ensure the two-way radio in the vehicle is on the proper channel to allow for monitoring of and communication with other traffic in the area.

• Wear the seatbelt at all times

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Lusted Logging Ltd. tomlusted@nethop.net (250) 499-6201

File attachments
Pickup and log truck collide in unexpected meeting.pdf
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