BCTS Safety Alert

Location: 
Port McNeill / Seaward-tlasta
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-06-13
Company Name: 
BC Timber Sales
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On June 13, 2007 a BCTS Employee while driving a 1500 GMC 4wd in Victoria experienced the total loss of brakes. They were coming up to an intersection at the time at low speed to stop. However to avoid going through the intersection they had to swerve and hit a street sign. Fortunately, our employee was not hurt nor, any damage incurred to either the truck or sign.
Earlier that morning the ABS lights had started to flash but the brakes seemed fine. The incident occurred later in the afternoon.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

As a precaution should any warning lights come on while driving an FS Vehicle, please pull over at the first opportunity while ensuring it is safe to do so. If you don't know what the light means check the user guide. Inspect the vehicle and if you feel it is safe to do so continue to the nearest service station or return to the FS compound whichever is more practical.
Should you have any concerns whatsoever, stop and call the office for further direction i.e. a tow truck could be dispatched.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Duncan Taggart, BScH, RFT
Woodlands Manager (TA)
BC Timber Sales
Port McNeill Timber Sales Office
Seaward (Tłasta) Business Area
Ph: (250) 956-5078
Fax: (250) 956-5045 duncan.taggart@gov.bc.ca

File attachments
2007-06-13 Truck hits sign after loss of brakes.pdf
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