CLOSE CALL: Loaded log truck fails to steer around corner on snowy, slippery road

Safety Alert Type: 
Resource Roads
2km Soards FSR – Near Mica Creek (north of Revelstoke)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Downie Timber Ltd. - Woodlands Division
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A loaded logging trucking was leaving the bush and failed to steer around a switchback. The steering axle of the truck went through the snow berm on the outside of the switchback, resulting in the truck getting stuck. There was no damage to the truck and no injuries resulted from this close call.

Road conditions were snowy and slippery at the time of the incident. The grader operator pulled the truck backwards roughly 20 feet so the truck driver could place a steering chain on and continue down the road.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

During adverse conditions in winter storm cycles, drivers should be doing risk assessments and chaining up when road conditions are unfavorable. Licensees should have roads graded and salted (weather conditions permitting) where necessary ahead of trucks.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Downie Timber Ltd. - Woodlands Division (250) 837-2222

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