Tree top enters pickup truck in reduced visibility due to snow

Location: 
near Vanderhoof, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2013-12-11
Company Name: 
Avison Management Services Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

At the end of the workday two crew members were starting back to town along a narrow logging road. During the day it snowed heavily changing obstacle visibility by reducing contrast (fresh snow under reduced light conditions).

As the truck moved forward, a tree top snagged under the driver’s side mirror breaking the driver’s’ side window. Because the driver could not stop immediately the top speared through the cab striking both the driver and passenger. The top continued through the rear passenger window shattering it. Both the driver and passenger sustained injuries.

Upon stopping the truck the driver was able to provide first aid to the passenger. A following crew was able to assist and drive both injured workers to the nearest hospital for treatment.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Before driving make sure all the snow is removed from hood, windshield, roof and mirrors. Remaining snow can directly obscure visibility or shift while driving and temporarily obscure the road.
  • Taking time to clear the snow and check the vehicle over before driving gives the operator time to mentally prepare for the task. Take your time. As in all jobs “eyes on task, hands on task”
  • Always be aware of changes in the surroundings. Snow weighs leaning trees down causing them to move or fall. Driving conditions constantly change in the winter so be alert and be prepared.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Avison Management Services Ltd. (250) 567-2111

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