Towing a vehicle from a ditch: Beware of potential hazards

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Details of Incident / Close Call: 

An employee had to leave the road and drive into a ditch to avoid an on-coming logging truck. The pickup could not be driven out on its own so arrangements were made for it to be pulled out by the next loaded logging truck that passed by.

The employee made the decision to be in the pickup, without securing a seatbelt, to assist with steering while being pulled out. The pickup eventually rolled over onto its roof with the driver inside as it slid along the ditch.

During the extraction the tow rope broke and came close to hitting the person assisting with the extraction.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Potential Hazards:

  • Encountering an unexpected vehicle
  • Occupying a vehicle that is not on a stable surface
  • Occupying a moving vehicle without having the seatbelt secured
  • Using a tow rope in disrepair and without the proper precautionary measures.

Preventative Actions:

  • Never occupy a vehicle that is not on a stable surface and always wear a seatbelt when it’s in motion
  • Know your limitations and when a tow truck might be required to safely tow a vehicle.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Tyson von den Steinen, Canadian Forest Products Ltd (250) 962-3229 Tyson.vondenSteinen@canfor.com

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