HAZARD: Snow banks obstruct signs and vision on resource roads

Safety Alert Type: 
Resource Roads
BC Interior
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The snow pack is above average this year in parts of the BC interior. This accumulation of snow is creating several hazards on resource roads (see photos in attached PDF).

Snow banks/drifts are covering up important signage along the roads.

The roads can be narrower than normal making it difficult for vehicles to pass by each other. There may be fewer pullouts than you expect.

High snow banks can restrict your field of vision while driving, expecially on corners and intersections.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Ask your grader operator to try to keep the road surface as wide as possible
  • Know your road, if you need a place to stop use an existing plowed pullout
  • If you see a sign that is covered in snow, consider pulling over at a safe location and cleaning the sign off.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Jeff Hatch or Ross Duncan, Westbank, Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. (250) 768-5131

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