Crew Transport

Location: 
Squamish, B.C., Stawamus Forest Service Road (FSR)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-12-13
Company Name: 
Infinity-Pacific Stewardship Group
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

4 employees were proceeding at the speed limit along the Stawamus FSR. The road was snow covered at the time of the incident with fresh snow falling. 2 employees were in a company vehicle while the other 2 workers were ahead in a private vehicle. There was radio contact between the trucks and a distance of ~200 meters separated the vehicles. The company vehicle was negotiating a steep section of the FSR when the truck began to slide backwards. The employee had no choice but to maneuver the truck into the ditch. At this point it was decided that chains should be applied to the tires to improve traction in the snowy conditions. The private vehicle returned to the scene and helped the other workers get the vehicle out of the ditch. Even after the chains were applied the company vehicle continued to slide on the road, and it was decided that the FSR was unfit for travel and access to the work area could not be attained safely.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Following this incident it was decided that it would be prudent to upgrade to new winter tires to increase the available traction of the truck. It was also decided that extra shovels and other winter safety equipment should be added to the existing inventories in the truck.

A winter driving Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) was developed and distributed to employees to ensure that they were aware of how to negotiate winter driving conditions. It was also stressed to employees that they should check the road and weather conditions before heading out so they are aware of the conditions they might encounter throughout the work day. Lastly it was reiterated that if there was any concern about the safety of the road for travel the employee(s) should not feel obligated to negotiate the road.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Chris Gruenwald: 604-460-1390 ext.231

File attachments
2007-12-13 Winter Conditions Result in Crash.pdf
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