Close Call/Serious Incident

Chilliwack River Road
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Chartwell Consultants Ltd. / B. A. Blackwell and Associates
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Driving east on Chilliwack River Road, approximately 1 km from the turn off of Vedder Road. Truck was proceeding at the speed limit (60km/h) around a gentle corner when they hit black ice and started to fishtail. The driver tried to steer out of the skid, but the truck skidded across the center line and ended up in the ditch on the opposite side of the road. The truck almost completely rolled over and ended up on its side (driver side down).

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Ensure that all employees are aware of winter driving procedures (see attached). Encourage employees to slow down if they think that there is a possibility of black ice or slick driving conditions. Ensure that all employees are checking the weather and temperature prior to heading out in the morning and knowing what the conditions are supposed to be for their drive home as well. Consider driver training if the above procedures seem inadequate for area that employees will be driving in. Ensure pre-trip inspections are being conducted and hazards are identified (e.g. equipment or vehicular deficiencies).

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Jessica McDonald; Chartwell Consultants Ltd. – 604-980-5061
Kyle Broome; B. A. Blackwell and Associates – 604-986-8346

File attachments
2007-11-29 Black Ice Results in Truck Hitting Ditch.pdf
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