Forklifts collide in lumber yard

Safety Alert Type: 
Heavy Equipment
Chase, BC (Adams Lake Sawmill)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Forklift 2 was loaded and travelling through a lumber yard in reverse heading towards the planer infeed. Forklift 2 came around a blind corner and collided with loaded forklift 1 who was travelling, also in reverse, into the lumber yard.

Forklift 2 collided into oncoming forklift 1’s load, narrowly avoiding a direct collision with the operator cab (see photos in attached pdf).

This incident had the potential for a head on collision at a combined relative speed of 36 km/h, as indicated on the dash cam footage of both forklifts.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Lumber runways are not to encroach into roadways causing large blind spots
  • Slow down, stop, and look prior to proceeding around blind spots in lumber yards
  • Use additional care and attention when merging from secondary roadways to primary roadways
  • Drive at safe speeds! Loaded mobile equipment takes longer to slow down and stop
  • Maintain communication when entering congested areas
  • Outfit mobile equipment with blue lights or safety whips/flags for better visibility.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Daniel Ruzic, Safety Coordinator: Daniel.Ruzic@interfor.com

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