Serious Incident

Location: 
Williams Lake / Cariboo-Chilcotin
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-03-02
Company Name: 
MOFR
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On March 2, 2007 an MOFR Employee was driving a snow mobile parallel to a bush road in an open meadow. The terrain was flat with a slight roll in topography when he drove into a ravine at 40 km per/hour. There was approximately 30 cm of snow on site that had been drifting, the ravine was hidden and appeared flat. MOFR Employee flew forward on impact landing of his right forearm.
The visor on the skidoo helmet that MOFR Employee was wearing was scuffed and scratched; there was also a plastic film on the inside of the visor that should have been removed. This could be a contributing factor as it may have impaired his vision.
The weather was overcast with grey skies over completely snow covered flat and rolling terrain making it hard to pick out geographic features.
MOFR Employee required medical attention for a broken wrist, snow mobile is not repairable.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1. Check helmet visors for flaws prior to taking them out to the field.
2. Replace damaged visors.
3. Use this incident in future snow mobile and ATV training courses as these incidents are hard to foresee and prevent.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Sally Bardossy 250-398-4345

File attachments
2007-03-02 Snow mobile hits ditch.pdf
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