Roll over incident shows how quickly things can go wrong

Safety Alert Type: 
Resource Roads
Northern Interior
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A loaded gravel truck met an empty pickup on a logging road in dusty conditions with poor visibility. The gravel truck had just passed a grader, and was travelling in the middle of the road to avoid the windrow that the grader had just created.

The pickup truck swerved to avoid a collision and ended up rolling over into the ditch. The pickup sustained major damage and the driver of the pickup ended up breaking his thumb, while the passenger suffered a sore back.

Neither vehicle involved in the incident heard the other call their location in an area known to have very poor radio transmission.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Potential Hazards

  • Poor visibility due to dusty dry conditions.
  • Poor radio transmission (i.e., “blind spot”). It is suspected that Resource Road channels have caused transmission to become even less clear in this area.
  • A windrow of gravel in the center of the road.
  • No signage warning traffic the presence of heavy machinery operating nearby.
  • Complacency during shift change as drivers do not expect other traffic during the end of the day when road is not as busy with active hauling.

Preventative Actions

  • Vehicles must follow the “Rules of the Road” and clear traffic as required to allow unimpeded travel. In certain conditions such as poor visibility, narrow roads, dusty conditions this may require stopping in a pullout and waiting.
  • Vehicles must call all required KMs as per the radio calling procedures, including all “MUST CALL” signs in areas that have limited transmission.
  • Always post required signage if temporarily blocking or working on the road (e.g., “Grader Working”).
  • Only pass a grader or slower vehicles when there is a clear line of sight and it’s safe to do so.


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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