½ km on the 400 Road
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
LTN Contracting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On July 16, 2007 at approximately 6:00 AM a Dodge 3500 pick-up (with Cummins diesel) was traveling at ½ km on the 400 Road when the passenger side front tie rod broke, causing a loss of steering for the pick-up. The pick-up was doing 25 KMH at the time so experienced no damage and did not result in an accident.

The operator was able to maneuver the pick-up into a pullout and came to a stop. The pick-up was towed to town and repairs were completed.

This is the fourth such incident to occur within our organization involving bush pick-ups in the past two years. Two pick-ups in Kamloops and one in Prince George also had their tie rods break while traveling to or from the bush, one resulting in a lost time accident for the operator.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1.For all vehicles, front end components are to be inspected monthly for signs of wear by the company mechanic. Repair / replace as required, or schedule the work to be completed by an auto repair shop.
2.Vehicles are to have their Tie Rods, Ball Joints and other front end components professionally inspected at 60,000 KM and repaired / replaced as required.
3.It is recommended that Tie Rods be replaced at 60,000 KM as a preventative maintenance measure.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

LTN Contracting Ltd.
Branch Office
#200 – 180 Victoria Street
Prince George, B.C. V2L 2J2
Ph. (250) 564-1883
Fax. (250) 564-1866

File attachments
2007-07-16 Close Calll Involving Tie Rod Braking.pdf
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