Dump truck’s front tire blows up while on highway

Safety Alert Type: 
Vehicles
Location: 
90 Mile marker on Highway 97 (near 100 Mile House, BC)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2013-05-31
Company Name: 
Katchmar Construction (1997) Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A tandem axle dump truck spent the day hauling gravel from the 105 Mile marker (on Highway 97) to Green Lake. While returning to the shop located at the 93 Mile marker, the front right-hand steer tire on the dump truck blew out at the 90 Mile marker (see photos in attachd pdf).

After fighting with the truck to stay in his lane, the driver was able to maintain control and pull over to the side of the road. After getting the truck safely stopped the driver activated the flashing hazard lights and immediately set out road flares to alert other drivers. He then phoned his supervisor to report the incident.

A tire repair mechanic was dispatched to come out and replace the tire with a spare and the driver was able to return to the shop. There was no further damage to the dump truck and no injuries to the driver. The tires had approximately 45% tread life left and were only 18 months old. There were no visible signs of why the tire blew.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Don’t panic if a tire blows out, extreme braking or jerking of the wheel could cause an accident

• Be sure to Drive Defensively

• One can never be too careful; Always expect the unexpected!

• Be sure to complete all Pre & Post Trip inspections

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Katchmar Construction (1997) Ltd. (250) 395-2385

File attachments
Dump truck’s front tire blows up while on highway.pdf
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