Unprepared for winter conditions on resource roads

Location: 
Boulder Creek Forest Service Road (near Grand Forks, BC)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2012-12-04
Company Name: 
Interfor - Grand Forks Division
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A forest worker was driving a truck on a recently ploughed forest service road and decided to proceed to an incident that had just occurred. At the incident scene the worker pulled over, becoming stuck on a slippery patch left over from the incident. The worker attempted to move the truck forward but was unable to.

The worker then decided to reverse the truck attempting to move off of the slippery section and gain better traction. This reversal caused the truck to begin sliding backwards 5 – 6 ft until it hit a solid object, damaging the tailgate. Another worker arrived on scene shortly afterwards with a spare chain and once the chain was placed on the tire they were able to easily drive away.

The operator of the truck was unharmed as the incident occurred at a very low speed but  realized that they had taken unnecessary risks by driving without chains in winter conditions. The worker did not adequately assess the risk of the current situation before acting.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Ensure that all work vehicles are prepared for winter and equipped with chains before conditions change

• Be able to recognize an upset condition

• Always complete a personal risk assessment such as RADAR, before acting when in an upset condition

Recognize the risk

Assess the situation

Develop a safe solution

Act safely

Report and record the upset condition

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Melissa MacLeod at Interfor Grand Forks Division (250) 443 2459

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Unprepared for winter conditions on resource roads.pdf
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