Passing industrial vehicles: Be sure it's clear to do so!

Safety Alert Type: 
Kootenay Woodlands
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A crew truck was struck by a logging truck after attempting to pass on a straight stretch of radio assisted road.

The logging truck driver placed the left turn signal on to turn into a shop yard, and the crew truck driver took this as a sign from the logging truck driver that it was safe to pass.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • On radio assisted roads, do not attempt to pass vehicles or equipment unless confirmed audio communication has been exchanged with all road users in the immediate area.
  • Only pass once the driver has a clear visual assessment for hazards.
  • Always follow at a safe distance & never tailgate – trucks have several blind spots, and may not see you at all times during the passing process.
  • Exercise patience and courtesy towards all other road users.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Kait Baskerville, Kootenay Woodlands Safety & EMS Coordinator




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Safety Alert-Interfor-Passing Industrial Vehicles-Nov 7-2018.pdf
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