Hazard Alert: Unstable road edge during spring melt

Safety Alert Type: 
Resource Roads
BC interior resource roads
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

With spring arriving, the banks of snow on the resource road’s edge melt and saturate the road. To remove these slumping banks of snow the grader operator uses the wing blades to move the snow away from the road.

By doing this the road may appear wider than it really is.

In the mornings, this false road surface may be frozen and vehicles drive on it leaving tracks. Later in the day when it warms up, this false road surface becomes a hazard when vehicles drive on it and fall through.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Ask grader operators to angle the snow down the bank
  • Know your road - if you need a place to stop use an existing plowed pullout.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Shawn Clerke, Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd, (250) 768-5131

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