Snowplow goes through shop door

Safety Alert Type: 
Mechanical Service (Shop)
Gilchrist, OR
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Vehicle was parked inside the truck shop with the bay doors closed. Employee opened door of the sander / snowplow truck and reached in and started the vehicle.

The truck was in gear and lurched forward, crashing through the garage door. The truck traveled approximately three truck lengths before the employee was able to catch the truck and reach in and turn off the key.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • The clutch depression relay that requires that the clutch to be depressed in order to start the vehicle had been jumped and by-passed. It is not known when or by whom the relay was by-passed.
  • A new harness has been ordered and installed by the mechanic.
  • Employee was coached on the hazards of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Employee was reinstructed on safe vehicle operation according to the Job Safety Analysis.
  • Never chase down runaway vehicles or equipment as there is a high risk of being pulled under and / or crush injuries.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Dave Johnson, EHS Coordinator Dave.Johnson@interfor.com

File attachments
Safety Alert-Interfor-SnowplowThroughShopDoor-Gilchrist-Dec 14-2018.pdf
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