Close Call/Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Nanaimo River Road
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

During the transport of a load of logs to the dry land sort the driver was traveling into a left corner of the road and in doing so the trailer performed a yaw maneuver ultimately causing the trailer to roll over onto its side. The motion from the trailer pulled the cab of the truck over onto the paved portion of the road and then the truck slid into the gravel portion coming to a stop on its side. There was significant damage to the vehicle, although the driver was not injured. This road is accessed by the public and could have resulted in a catastrophic event. The driver was wearing his seatbelt which undoubtedly saved him from injury.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1) Andy Newell, Department of Highways, has been notified as to erecting a speed sign situated for the section of roadway in question as recommended by the investigating RCMP officer as a reminder to all vehicles traveling that portion of the Nanaimo River road.
2) Ensure this incident is reviewed with all Drivers and documented.
3) Drivers to ensure they keep mind on task, care and control of their vehicles at all times to prevent a critical error.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Ted LeRoy Trucking Ltd.
Safety and Compliance Dept.
Jim Vaux or Shawn Munson
(250) 246-2880

File attachments
2007-11-12 Trailer Rolls Onto Side.pdf
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