Over height log trucks strike construction scaffold

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Highway 19 Nimpkish River Bridge (Port McNeill, BC)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Certified Coating Specialists Inc.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The Nimpkish River Bridge (also known as the “Green Bridge”) south of Port McNeill, is currently undergoing regular maintenance. Scaffolding has been erected to provide work platforms for the painters and sandblasters.

Although a height restriction of 4.5 metres is in place and clearly marked with signage, the overhead scaffold structure has been struck twice by logging trucks that are exceeding this limit, resulting in damage to the support system of the structure.

Danger to bridge workers: As the overhead structure supports a work platform, this exposes any workers on the structure to serious injury should the structure collapse as a result of being struck by over height traffic.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Traffic control personnel will be monitoring loads, and additional signage is in place.
  • To avoid further incidents, communication of the height restriction is required not only to the truck drivers, but to log loaders and other individuals responsible for log truck load sizes, to ensure that any vehicles that will need to utilize the Green Bridge remain at less than 4.5 meters.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Dustin Vipond, Certified Coating Specialists Inc. (250) 713-4505

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Safety_Alert_Nimpkish River Bridge_2015-8-24.pdf
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