UPDATE: Collapsing bush roads in spring time

Safety Alert Type: 
Resource Roads
Location: 
Arawana Forest Service Road (near Penticton, BC)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2014-05-14
Company Name: 
Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

In a similar situation to a previous event that occurred in springtime of 2011, a field worker was driving along a well-used resource road when he noticed the surface had a small hole in it. As he manoeuvred around the hazard, the road slowly began to partially collapse. The worker and vehicle were not harmed as he was clear of the hazard by driving on the shoulder.

Previous Similar Incident: It was in late June of 2011 when a culvert washed out underneath the road surface near Summerland, leaving a 6-inch ‘shell’ of road surface to drive on. On that day, the driver of a pick-up truck hit one at 50km/h which at impact, felt like two very large potholes. The driver then stopped and went back to have a look at what he had hit and the road disappeared before his eyes (see series of photos in attached pdf).

Link to 2011 Alert: http://www.bcforestsafe.org/node/1983

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Use extra caution when driving on roads that have had very little or no use post-freshet.

• Watch for small holes in road surface and or surface cracks in the road surface.

• Travel at a speed appropriate to road conditions.

• If a safety hazard cannot be remedied easily on the spot, flag or otherwise increase the visibility of the condition for the benefit of anyone entering the vicinity.

• Report the hazard over the radio to alert people in the immediate area.

• Pass the hazard on to contractors, clients and others that may be affected by the hazard.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Doug Campbell, Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. (250) 768-6257

File attachments
UPDATE: Collapsing bush roads in spring time.pdf
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