Impatience behind the wheel leads to close call on public highway

Safety Alert Type: 
Paved Roads
Big Bend Highway (north of Revelstoke, BC)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Downie Timber Ltd. - Woodlands
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A worker was driving south on Highway 23 at the end of the day when he encountered a grader pulling a pick-up at a slow speed (estimated at 20 km/h). The worker followed the grader for a couple of kilometres and when a section of highway up ahead looked long enough to safely pass, he decided to overtake the grader with pick-up in tow.

Unfortunately, the worker chose to pass on a stretch of highway marked with a solid double line and on a long curve. While beside the grader, the worker's vehicle was met by an oncoming pick-up truck but managed to complete the passing manoeuvre and avoid a collision. The worker suggested there was "room to spare" but acknowledged the anger of the oncoming driver by way of a “gesture" directed at the worker.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Immediate Cause: Illegal pass of slow moving vehicle.

Basic Cause: Poor judgement, failure to follow established rules.

Root cause: Inadequate risk assessment, inadequate compliance with standards.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Dawn Doebert, RPF Silviculture Forester - Downie Timber Ltd. Revelstoke (250) 837-7240

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