Rushing to complete task results in ATV incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Kirton Creek, Summerland, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Worker was completing quality checks on tree planters on a large cut block, using an All-Terrain Vehicle to get around. While heading back to the pickup, worker was observing the block above the road and hit a water bar unexpectedly, causing the worker to be thrown from the quad.

Worker was aware of water bars on the road, but misjudged the distance between them and was not looking ahead. Worker was also rushing to get back to their pickup, in order to load up and move to a different cut block to continue quality checks.

First aid was provided in the field, and worker proceeded to the local ER where they received stitches.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Rushing results in carelessness and carelessness leads to accidents
  • Always keep eyes on the road/direction of travel when operating an ATV
  • Approach water bars with caution
  • Ensure proper PPE is used when operating mobile equipment
  • Keep First Aid supplies stocked and certifications current.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Stefanie Bulmer, Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd (250) 768-6249

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