Snowmobile Loading Close Call

Safety Alert Type: 
Beaton Arm (near Nakusp, BC)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Downie Timber Ltd. - Woodlands Division
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Two snowmobiles were securely loaded onto a sled deck on the back of a pick-up truck.

Upon arrival at the unloading site the sled ramp was pulled out roughly 10 feet and the machines were untied for unloading.

When the operator of the Arctic Cat attempted to unload the machine, the right ski slipped off the ramp causing the sled to roll slowly onto its side. The sled may not have been adequately aligned with the ramp.

The operator was not pinned or injured but did require assistance to right the sled.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Snowmobile transport set ups can vary between vehicles. If you are inexperienced at loading/unloading seek training or coaching.
  • If you are with someone inexperienced, help and instruct them on safe loading and unloading procedures, or do the unload yourself.
  • Review your companies SWP’s to ensure they include procedures for loading and loading snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

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

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