Keep both hands on the ‘wheel’ when driving ATV’s

Location: 
Quesnel Forest District, 4100 road
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2011-11-04
Company Name: 
Matrix Research Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A group of four employees were travelling along a disused portion of forest service road on separate 2-up ATVs (approved for carrying passengers) in order to access a cutblock. Weather conditions were cold (-17°C) and frost had formed on the helmet visor of the second ATV driver, reducing visibility. While on a sloped portion of road (4-6°) the driver removed one of his hands from the handlebars in order to adjust the visor and improve visibility. During this short time the steering of the ATV veered sharply to the left, resulting in a roll-over of the ATV. The passenger’s legs were trapped under the ATV and their lower back was struck against the road surface and injured. The driver was thrown clear and sustained minor injuries.

Due to the speed of travel at time of roll-over (~30 km/h), impact surface (gravel road), and physical injuries and symptoms of the passenger, the situation was treated as a potential spinal injury. The passenger was put in C-Spine and monitored by a first aid attendant until paramedics arrived. An air ambulance was required to take the employee to a hospital. X-rays were required to confirm that no spinal damage had occurred, and the employee was released. The driver was later inspected at the hospital and also released.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Keep both hands on the steering components of any moving vehicle at all times

• Ensure that PPE is appropriate and functional for weather conditions

• Vehicles should be stopped before making any adjustments to them or personal equipment

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Information Contact: Adam, Matrix Research Ltd., 250-992-6623

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