ATV training accident throws participant off machine

Safety Alert Type: 
Chetwynd, BC area
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

It was nearing the end of an afternoon of All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) training in which participants were being trained to navigate over various obstacles. Each participant was given the opportunity to drive various “quads” over logs. Safe procedures to accomplish this were first discussed and then the participants were allowed to proceed over the logs.

The participant in question had already successfully negotiated the obstacle using a quad with an automatic transmission. The participant then switched to a quad with a standard transmission and approached the log in first gear slowly, as per instructions.

The front tire rolled over the log and began to fall to the ground. As this happened the operator of the quad panicked and tightened their grip on the handle bars which inadvertently caused the operator to push harder on the throttle. The ATV / quad lurched forward as the back tires went over the log, launching the front tires in the air. The rider-participant was thrown from the quad and landed on a second small log that was placed as a second obstacle.

The participant walked away with minor bruising, visited First Aid on site and was released with minor bruising.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Tailor training to the participant’s experience level

• Use smaller obstacles to learn on

• More time spent on 1-on-1 training would give the participant more confidence and relieve peer pressure to “keep up”

• Put participants through a lower level certified course first, and then follow up with an in-house training session for the more difficult aspects of using ATV’s in a forestry work place.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Brian Pate (250) 788-4423 brian.pate@westfraser.com 

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ATV training accident throws participant off machine.pdf

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