Extreme winds bring down snag onto truck

Location: 
Preacher Ridge Forest Service Road (near 100 Mile House, BC)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2014-03-14
Company Name: 
Katchmar Construction (1997) Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A worker was out burning piles in a recently completed logging block. He was driving his pick-up to the next block when the winds started to get extreme, hail began to fall and he noticed trees blowing over in the nearby bush. At that point the employee decided to turn around and head for home, not knowing the severity of the storm that was blowing in.

On the way out of the bush, a dead snag fell - first landing on the snowbank alongside the road then falling onto the truck box before finally bouncing off onto the road behind the truck while it was still moving (see photos in attached pdf).

This close call could have been much worse. Thankfully the worker was uninjured but there was significant damage to the box of the truck.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Be aware during windy conditions on public & private roads as most roads in the Interior region have vast numbers of dead pine which are within reach of the roadway.

• Drive defensively and always expect the unexpected at any given time.

• Be aware of your surroundings as well as the weather conditions / forecast.

• Be sure to complete your scheduled check-ins with your supervisor if you are working alone.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: George Katchmar at Katchmar Construction (1997) Ltd. 250-395-2385

File attachments
Extreme winds bring down snag onto truck.pdf
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