Close Call/Serious Incident

Location: 
18 Km George Creek (SW of Kamloops)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-09-20
Company Name: 
Spectrum Forestry Consulting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Between 8:00-8:30 AM - 2 persons (Silv. Surveyors) in a pick-up truck heading up (empty) George Creek F.S.R. met a low bed on a corner at or near 18 km. The low bed was coming down empty and was not using a 2-way radio. Fortunately, the pick-up was taking the corner wide on the outside and was able to avoid collision. The low bed was moving very fast and the trailer tires went into the inside corner ditch line. The miss was by inches!
The low bed operator did not stop to ensure the pick-up did not go off the road, nor did the low bed operator respond to the repeated 2-way radio hails. There are 2 channels used in the area and both channels were used to hail the low bed operator.
An investigation is ongoing to identify the low bed operator. No identification of the low bed was made by the occupants of the pick-up, as they were concentrating on avoidance.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

All industry users of forest service roads to be equipped and knowledgeable in the use of 2-way radios.
In the event a 2-way radio is not available the prime contractor dispatches a pilot vehicle.
All users of the forest service road should be driving expecting someone to be around the corner – whether industrial or recreational. Monitoring speed and lane position on the road.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Fred Usselman, RFT, ATE
Spectrum Forestry Consulting Ltd.
(250) 545-3782

File attachments
2007-09-20 Close Call With Low Bed Truck.pdf
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