Close Call/Serious Incident

Location: 
Geographic Area Identified as Blaeberry River located in the Golden TSA
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-10-29
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Worker was driving a pick up truck out of the bush on a forestry road. The driver was negotiating a corner when the vehicle started to slide sideways. The vehicle slid off the road into a ditch. The worker was not injured.

The road conditions at the time of the incident were considered poor. The vehicle was traveling at approximately 30 km / hour prior to sliding off the road. The trucks’ tires may have not been appropriate for the conditions. This geographic area is in transition to winter.

A combination of speed and traction, for the road condition, appears to be the contributing factors 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
2007-10-29 Winter Conditions Cause Truck to Leave Road.pdf
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