Close Call: Snowmobile rollover involves two people

Albreda Creek (between Valemount and Blue River, BC)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Gilbert Smith Forest Products Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Access to the work area (for timber development) was by snowmobile and included travelling on a deactivated road. While sledding through a deep waterbar, the operator lost control and the snowmobile rolled over.

Both operator and passenger rolled in tandem with the machine. The snowmobile rested upside down with the throttle pinned in the snow, wide open. Both workers rolled in close proximity to the accelerating track. A third worker travelling close behind observed the incident and ran over to help right the sled and get it shut down.

This was a close call with the possibility for serious injury from workers coming in contact with the moving track and / or weight of the rolling sled itself.

Fortunately, there were no injuries to the workers or damage to the snowmobile.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Identify and prepare for hazards – Snowmobiling on deactivated roads and snowmobile moving parts.

• Follow SWP for use of snowmobiles. When doubling, passenger should get off around tricky areas allowing the operator better mobility and control of the snowmobile.

• The operator should ALWAYS have the kill switch lanyard attached to their clothing.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Gilbert Smith Forest Products Ltd. 250-672-9435 gfoss@gsfpcedar.com 

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