Close Call

Ft St James
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Nechako Reforestation Services Ltd
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Several company 4X4 crewcabs drove into a large cut block in the early morning. Conditions had been dry for several days but a late afternoon rainstorm caused the clay-based roads to quickly deteriorate. Some vehicles were equipped with tire chains and were able to maneuver through the slick conditions. A A few others got stuck and had to be pulled through a few mud holes. During the freeing of one vehicle, the towrope broke and snapped back causing minor damage below the front headlight. Workers recognized the potential for more serious vehicle damage or to persons not fully clear of the towrope.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Ensure more vehicles are equipped with tire chains. Remind people involved to stay well clear when using towropes. Ensure towropes are in good condition before using. If possible, get vehicles out of blocks that would be affected by a heavy down pour.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Wayne Wood, Nechako Reforestation Services Ltd, 250-561-2688

File attachments
2007-07-23 Towrope Brakes.pdf
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