Crew Transport

Location: 
Mackenzie, BC, 31.8 km on Finlay Forest Service Road (FSR)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-10-20
Company Name: 
Associated Engineering
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

After completing a close proximity bridge inspection 187 kilometres out on the Finlay FSR, the employee was returning to Mackenzie for the evening. As the worker approached the bridge crossing, Tsedaka Creek at 32 km the driver side front tire blew. The driver tried to retain control of the vehicle however, due to the blown tire and the curve in the road, the vehicle collided with the guardrail, and the passenger side of the vehicle jumped the rail.

Once on the guardrail, the vehicle slid the entire length of the bridge and came to a stop at the concrete barrier on the opposite side of the bridge.

The driver did not sustain any injuries, and the vehicle had an estimated damage of $2,000.
Root Causes:

  • Improper tires for the work required, stock all-season tires.
  • Poor visibility, the incident occurred at 8:00 pm (dark).
  • Deteriorating road conditions, the temperature was 0° Celsius.
  • Extended work day.

 

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • When using rental vehicles inspect tires to ensure they are in good condition, and suitable for performing the work required.
  • Drive to the road conditions (limited visibility and traction).
  • Be aware that working extended hours may result in slower reaction times. Take rest breaks when driving for/or working extended hours.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Sandra Nielsen: 604-293-1411

File attachments
2007-10-20 Truck Jumps Gaurdrail After Tire Blows.pdf

Crew Transport

Location: 
4900 Road
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-02-21
Company Name: 
Westroad Resource Consultants
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Crew in pickup was driving empty on the 500/4900 road system. The crew changed to the appropriate road channel once on the 4900 road and began calling kilometers. They called at 4938, 4940, 4942, 4944, 4946. The crew did not hear any other traffic calling so they did not call at 4948. While driving over a hill at approximately 4948.25km, the crew met a loaded logging truck traveling in the middle of the road. The loaded truck had to swerve back into his lane and the crew just managed to drive by the truck in their lane and avoid a collision.

Fortunately, when the loaded truck had to swerved abruptly, his load stayed on. Both vehicles continued in the direction they were headed.

The crew then called the truck on the radio and asked him if he could hear their
radio. He said that this was the first time he had heard anybody on the radio.

The crew tested their truck radio back at the office at the end of the day and it was
working fine on send and receive.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  1. Always drive forestry roads with the assumption that somebody may be coming at you in the other direction at any given time.
  2. Always call road kilometers, even if you don’t hear other traffic on the road.
  3. Inform the client of the close call and suggest that they remind all drivers (pickups and logging trucks) on forestry roads to always call kilometers and conduct radio checks to ensure that radios are working properly.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Jim Kurta
Westroad Resource Consultants Ltd.
Quesnel, B.C.
250-992-2987

File attachments
2008-02-21 Near Collision with Loaded Logging Truck.pdf

Crew Transport

Location: 
Port McNeill Forest Operation
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-03-14
Company Name: 
Western Forest Products
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Pickup 3065 was heading up Branch W 173 in 2nd gear, traveling at approx. 20 km/h, to check on the Cat Operator.

A trainee Cat Operator was driving pickup 3835 down the hill in 3rd gear, traveling at approx. 50-60kmh, to get the grader to assist the Cat Operator with snow removal.

The 3065 was rounding an uphill left hand curve in the road (10% grade) when unexpectedly the 3835, which was carrying a full tidy tank of diesel, appeared rounding the same corner from the opposite direction.

Both drivers, who were wearing seatbelts, braked hard. Due to the short time frame/distance between the two vehicles, the 3065 was able to stop, but was not able to get completely in the clear before the 3835 collided into the front end.

There were no injuries.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  1. Drivers must always drive to the road conditions.
  2. Drivers must expect the unexpected.
  3. Although driving by the radio is not advocated, it is an effective tool that should be used to communicate, especially in upset conditions.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Vince Devlin 250-956-5318 or vdevlin@westernforest.com

File attachments
2008-03-14 Front-End Collision.pdf

Crew Transport

Location: 
Coquihalla Phase III
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-01-15
Company Name: 
Upper Nicola Natural Resources
Details of Incident / Close Call: 
  • Shovels & hand tools were strapped to the roof rack of the silviculture crew suburban.
  • The rubber cord/s broke and the hand tools were blown into the middle of the two north bound lanes,
  • When trying to retrieve the equipment passing cars hit the hand tools and sent them flying through the air nearly hitting the silviculture crew members and other motorists.

 

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Always check your vehicle prior to each trip.
  • When carrying gear/load ensure it is safely secured.
  • In this case a fixed dry box will be fitted to the roof rack to enclose all
  • tools/gear.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Shawn Nicolas (250) 350-3342

File attachments
2008-01-15 Broken Strap Causes Flying Tools.pdf

Crew Transport

Location: 
17 km Bear Main/Merritt TSA
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-01-24
Company Name: 
Upper Nicola Natural Resources
Details of Incident / Close Call: 
  • Log truck/silviculture crew suburban narrowly missed contact due to missed radio calls when approaching a frequency switch board.
  • Silviculture crew suburban took the ditch as the best option.
  • No injuries and no damage.
  • The next log truck lost time as it pulled the suburban from the ditch.

 

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Ensure all crew members are aware of the radio calling procedures and use
  • the radio clearly and consistently,
  • Continue to call kms (loaded/empty) as per the road protocol and in advance
  • of any switch boards,
  • Pay attention to the radio, do not scan channels and only use one radio,
  • Do not switch channels prior to a switch board,
  • Announce your presence at the switch board and ask if anyone is close.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Shawn Nicolas (250) 350-3342

File attachments
2008-01-24 Close Call Due To Radio Callings.pdf

Crew Transport

Location: 
Campbell River, B.C., Private Logging Road
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-04-13
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Worker was alone in a pick up, driving to work at 8:00 a.m. There was a trace of snow in the rain. Worker attempted to negotiate a corner on the gravel road but the truck continued to travel straight and left the road, rolling over several times, stopping approximately 60m. down a steep embankment. The worker was wearing his seatbelt. The worker suffered shoulder injuries,cut to his head and bruised legs. He was able to use his radio to contact help.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Slow down.
  • Pay attention and drive to road conditions.
  • Continue to reinforce the use of seatbelts.
  • Annually review drivers abstracts.
  • Revise call-in procedure to be initiated when an employee leaves his marshalling point, rather than when they arrive at the job site. Had the employee not been able to use his radio there could have been a time lag between assistance being rendered.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Neil McIver 250-287-2220

File attachments
2007-04-13 truck leaves road and rolls over.pdf

Crew Transport

Location: 
Squamish, B.C., Stawamus Forest Service Road (FSR)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-12-13
Company Name: 
Infinity-Pacific Stewardship Group
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

4 employees were proceeding at the speed limit along the Stawamus FSR. The road was snow covered at the time of the incident with fresh snow falling. 2 employees were in a company vehicle while the other 2 workers were ahead in a private vehicle. There was radio contact between the trucks and a distance of ~200 meters separated the vehicles. The company vehicle was negotiating a steep section of the FSR when the truck began to slide backwards. The employee had no choice but to maneuver the truck into the ditch. At this point it was decided that chains should be applied to the tires to improve traction in the snowy conditions. The private vehicle returned to the scene and helped the other workers get the vehicle out of the ditch. Even after the chains were applied the company vehicle continued to slide on the road, and it was decided that the FSR was unfit for travel and access to the work area could not be attained safely.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Following this incident it was decided that it would be prudent to upgrade to new winter tires to increase the available traction of the truck. It was also decided that extra shovels and other winter safety equipment should be added to the existing inventories in the truck.

A winter driving Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) was developed and distributed to employees to ensure that they were aware of how to negotiate winter driving conditions. It was also stressed to employees that they should check the road and weather conditions before heading out so they are aware of the conditions they might encounter throughout the work day. Lastly it was reiterated that if there was any concern about the safety of the road for travel the employee(s) should not feel obligated to negotiate the road.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Chris Gruenwald: 604-460-1390 ext.231

File attachments
2007-12-13 Winter Conditions Result in Crash.pdf

Log Hauling

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
Soatwoon Lake on Vancouver Island
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-04-15
Company Name: 
K&D Contracting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Road crew was in an end haul situation, utilizing two rock trucks. One of the trucks was pulled off the road, waiting in a turnout for the other truck to pass. The driver of the parked truck was completing some of his paperwork and although had noticed the other truck further up the road was not watching as the distance between the two trucks closed. The loaded truck was full with end haul materials as well as a large stump, with one of the lateral roots of the stump sticking out of the rock truck box quite far. The driver was not aware of this protruding root. Upon passing the parked truck, the root struck the parked truck’s mirror, pushing it into the driver window and smashing it. The concussion from the impact broke the passenger window as well, as both windows had been rolled up. The driver of the parked truck was showered with broken glass resulting in numerous small cuts to both his face and left hand. The driver of the struck rock truck was cleaned up, crew held an on-site investigation.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Drivers to be aware of the characteristics of their loads,
  • Drivers to travel at safe speed as determined by road conditions, limitations of the trucks, driver’s experience, and load characteristics.
  • Drivers to keep volume level of music radios low so not to negatively impact driver’s ability to hear company communications.
  • All employees to ensure, “Mind On Task.”

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

K&D Contracting Ltd.

File attachments
2008-04-15 Root Struck Parked Truck.pdf

Log Hauling

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
6 km south of Port Alberni on the Alberni Highway #4, at ‘The Hump’.
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-03-27
Company Name: 
Ward's Contracting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The main boom on the self-loading logging truck failed as the driver, in the controller’s seat, was preparing to unload his trailer. The boom was near its maximum height and the center of gravity was over the controller’s position. The pin at the base of the boom sheared. The boom wavered out of control, then collapsed and began to fall toward the controller’s position. The controller saw what was happening and managed to move quickly out of the way (to the roof of the cab) to avoid injury.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

The sheared pin was replaced, as well as other pins in the boom that showed any signs of wear. The pin assembly was reinforced by means of plates welded to either side of the assembly to retain the pin as well as retain the integrity of the structure should such a pin failure reoccur. This followed the procedure outlined by other BC operations who have had similar experiences. In addition, in future, once this reinforcement procedure has been completed, visual and magniflux examinations will be performed immediately and every six months thereafter on this and other critically located pins on this equipment.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Don Wilshere,
Ward’s Contracting Ltd.,
Port Alberni (250) 723-2220

File attachments
2008-03-27 Main Boom Failer While Unloading Trailer.pdf

Log Hauling

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
Powell River
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-04-15
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Semi trailer loaded with rolls of bundling wire was turning off the hiway onto side road. The tie down on the 3rd row of bundle wire broke and allowed the rolls to move back and put excessive pressure on the other rows.

The securement on the back row broke and fell off the trailer. The road way had about a 5% grade, so the rolls, rolled down the hill. One came to rest under the rear of a flat bed truck. There was minimal damage to the flat bed truck.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  1. Use securement devices that are adequate for the cargo being carried.
  2. Make sure the trailer is designed for the type of cargo being carried.
  3. Make sure you know what cargo you are loading and have the proper materials to transport safely.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Reg Evans
Safety Coordinator
Goat Lake Forest Products
604-485-2078

File attachments
2008-04-15 Bundle Wire Broke.pdf
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