Two near misses within one week.

Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-02-13
Company Name: 
Blackwater Construction
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

INCIDENT DETAILS: A field employee reported two near misses while traveling and calling loaded. Further investigation revealed other vehicles near the loaded did not hear him call and complained about him not calling loaded on previous field trips. The vehicle operator said his mic did feel different on occasion when he pressed to talk.
ROOT CAUSE: Equipment was not immediately repaired when fault became apparent.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Sent notice to vehicle driver to have radio checked. After complying, it was determined the radio was indeed at fault.
While most FSR’s are not radio controlled, radios play an important part in our safety. This incident also points out the need to drive accordingly and to be prepared for the unexpected. Not all FSR users have radios, and in most cases, have just as much right to be on the road as you do.
Keep all equipment in good repair. Check condition and have serviced as soon as something becomes apparent.
Remember to use Canfor road calling procedures.
As well, Blackwater Construction advises not to switch prior to a change frequency sign while on a Blackwater Construction worksite. Change the radio frequency only at the sign. Not before or after.
We promote a safe work environment for all.

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2007-02-13 two near misses in two weeks.pdf
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