Date of Incident / Close Call:
Details of Incident / Close Call:
A Field Ops contractor was riding an ATV at the end of the day along a deactivated logging road, at approximately 45km/h. The rider took their eyes off the road to look at their GPS unit and as a result did not notice a significantly sized pothole down the road.
At the last second the rider stood up and leaned back to help the front tires clear the hole but as a result the back axle took the full force. The rider was ejected off the machine and luckily sustained only relatively minor injuries (i.e., bruising & cuts requiring stitches).
- Driving too fast for road conditions or familiarity with particular road section.
- Taking eyes off the road to look at GPS unit (i.e. distracted driving).
- Not effectively using the SIPDE approach (i.e., Scan, Identify, Predict, Decide, and Execute).
Learnings and Suggestions:
- Contractor’s policy, as part of their safety program, will be reviewed with each worker reminding them the maximum speed for travelling on an ATV is 35km/h.
- Workers will be reminded that they must only ever travel at a speed that is appropriate for the road conditions and their own riding ability.
- Workers will be reminded that they must always keep their eyes focused completely on the road (i.e., SIPDE) and that they must safely pull over to a complete stop to check navigational aids (i.e., GPS, maps etc).
For more information on this submitted alert:
Tyson von den Steinen, Canadian Forest Products Ltd (250) 962-3229 Tyson.vondenSteinen@canfor.com