Close Call: ATV loading incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Pemberton, BC area
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Chartwell Consultants Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Incident while loading an All-Terrain Vehicle onto a truck bed.

Quad failed to engage in 4x4 prior to loading onto truck, which caused the ramps to get kicked away from the truck, despite the fact that they were secured with cords. The driver of the quad was forced to quickly evacuate the unit, which landed on the tailgate of the truck, damaging the plastic liner.

No injuries were sustained and no damage was done to the ATV.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Always ensure that the ATV is engaged in 4x4 before loading. If it won’t engage, use a winch to load the equipment.
  • 4x4 disengagement was the result of faulty circuitry – ensure regular maintenance is being done on all equipment and vehicles (ATV was immediately taken to the shop for repair).
  • Ensure that ramps are securely attached to truck or trailer, prior to loading.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Kari Zuehlke, Administrative Assistant Chartwell Consultants Ltd. North Vancouver, BC (604) 980-5061 kzuehlke@chartwell-consultants.com


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