Pickup truck hits bump, opens up a sinkhole

Safety Alert Type: 
Resource Roads
near Bamfield (west coast Vancouver Island)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Baseline Archaeological Services Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

At approximately 8:45am a worker was driving a pickup truck between the Blenheim Mainline and spur road B500 near Bamfield (on the west coast of Vancouver Island) and felt a large bump in the road with the truck’s left rear tire.

At the end of the day, the worker was returning home on the same road and spotted a sinkhole. It was likely caused (or made much worse) by the contact with the truck tire earlier that day.

The sinkhole was marked with spray paint around the opening and painted sticks were placed upright for added visibility (see photo in attached pdf).

The worker advised a safety representative who sent an immediate notification to the company who is using the road and is responsible for it.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Resource roads which look intact or stable may not be. Take special caution on eroding roads and areas near bridges.
  • Reporting immediately such hazards may prevent serious accidents by others using the road.
  • Marking around sinkholes is important to make the hole as visible as possible, helping to prevent any further accidents before the road can be repaired.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Stephanie Allester, safety representative at Baseline Archaeological Services Ltd.: sallester@shaw.ca 

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