Improperly stowed equipment on ATV causes unexpected throttle engagement

Safety Alert Type: 
Castlegar Woodlands (Interfor)
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Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Operator was turning around an All Terrain Vehicle on a narrow trail in a cutblock with a shovel wedged between his legs for transport.

As the operator was backing towards the downslope edge of the trail, the shovel handle came into contact with the throttle as the steering was cranked (see photos in attached pdf). This accelerated the ATV in reverse gear over the edge of the trail to a level location 1.5 meters below.

The operator suffered bruised ribs and elbow as a result. This incident could have been much more serious.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Ensure all equipment is properly stowed when operating an ATV
  • Ensure all ATV operators have been properly trained and have all the necessary protective equipment
  • When possible, back ATV towards cut or upslope position to avoid backing over road edge
  • Consider if anything could inadvertently strike throttle during operations
  • Avoid use of ATV whenever possible.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

David Jackson (250) 265-6107


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