ATVs and Water Bar Hazards

Safety Alert Type: 
Road Building/Deactivation
Inactive Resource Roads throughout British Columbia
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

All-Terrain Vehicle operators should always be prepared to encounter water bars when riding on forestry roads, as deactivation measures can occur unexpectedly.

In a recent instance, an operator had travelled approximately eight kilometres of forestry roads without any deactivation and had become complacent while increasing his speed of travel.

At the bottom of a hill the ATV struck a water bar that was not visible until the operator was upon it. The impact caused the machine to jump and, although the operator managed to keep the ATV upright, he seriously jarred his back and wrist. Had the ATV overturned the outcome could have been significantly more severe.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Do not become complacent when riding an ATV/UTV and always expect the unexpected, especially when riding on an unfamiliar road
  • Ride the ATV/UTV at a safe speed for the road – if unfamiliar with the road keep your speed to a minimum
  • Use proper PPE when riding an ATV/UTV
  • Employ the principles of RADAR when riding.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Bryan Darroch, Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. (250) 768-6247

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