Close Call/Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
Main Tolko hauling road, approximately 60 km west of Williams Lake
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-07-10
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A loaded northbound logging truck was approaching an active company grader that was traveling south grading the road. The grader was working a section of running surface and had a berm of dirt and rocks in the centre of the road. It was unlikely that vehicles could straddle the berm without hitting their undercarriage on the larger rocks. To alleviate this, the logging truck chose to hug tight to the road edge. As he was doing this, a soft section of the road edge collapsed under the weight of the trailer, causing it to flop over onto its side. The driver was not injured but the trailer sustained extensive damage.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Where it is feasible to do so, grader is to place the dirt berm closer to the road edge to create a wider driveable surface on the opposite side. In circumstances where this is not feasible, graders are to work short sections of road at one time.

File attachments
2007-07-10 Trailer rolls after hitting soft spot on road.pdf
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