Close Call/Serious Incident

Location: 
Geographic Area Identified as Blaeberry River located in the Golden TSA
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-10-19
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The worker was driving a pick up truck out of the bush on a forestry road. The driver was attempting to negotiate a corner when the pick up truck started to slide. The worker tried to steer the vehicle but it continued to travel straight. The driver applied the brakes but the truck continued to slide for approximately 80ft before going off the road and hitting a tree in the ditch. The worker was not injured.

During the morning of the incident, the driving conditions were good. The vehicle was traveling at approximately 55 to 60 km / hour prior to attempting to negotiate the corner under slippery conditions. This geographic area is in transition to winter.

Excessive speed for the road conditions appears to be the main contributing factor to this incident.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Worker (driver) is responsible to judge the road and conditions and operate the vehicle in a safe manner. Drive within “safe speeds” with regards to unsafe road conditions, anticipated traffic, and weather conditions such as snow, ice, speed, mud, dust, general visibility, and “vehicle capabilities (i.e. tires)”. Conditions can change fast; therefore driver must drive according to the conditions. Do not overdrive the road conditions or the vehicles’ capability. Forest roads are subject to continuous changes due to weather, surfacing materials, traffic volume, and traffic flow. Worker must adhere to Contractors’ Safety Program procedures associated with driving on forestry roads.

Communicate the identified hazard.

The worker should have alerted other potential road users (via radio) of his/her situation and location to prevent any further potential incidents from occurring.

File attachments
2007-10-19 Truck Slides Off Road and Hits Tree.pdf
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