Truck Tangled in Power Lines – Loses Control

Hazard Alert

Be Aware of Hazards When Approaching An Accident Scene

At approximately 2:30 p.m. on Friday, December 8, 2006, a contractor was travelling south on Highway 8 between Greywood and South Milford when he came upon the scene of an accident. A tractor trailer had left the road, struck a power line support pole, and rolled on its side. The snow-covered road and poor visibility made driving conditions hazardous.

The contractor was the first person to encounter the site of the accident. The contractor approached the accident scene in four-wheel drive at 40-50 kilometres per hour. As he drove by the point where the power poles were broken off, one of his wheels became entangled in a guy wire causing him to loose control of the vehicle. The vehicle left the road, rolled on its roof, and landed on the driver’s side. The contractor was not injured.

Recommendations to Prevent a Recurrence

Use extreme caution when approaching an accident scene. Be aware that additional hazards may exist as a result of the accident.

Goals of the FSSNS

  • Save lives and reduce injuries.
  • Reduce all costs associated with work place accidents.
  • Improve profits.
  • Maintain compliance with regulatory bodies.
  • Manage and establish ownership of industry managed loss control programs.
  • Reduce Workers' Compensation rates.
The Forestry Safety Society of Nova Scotia is registered under the Societies Act of Nova Scotia. It is a separate entity, having a Memorandum of Association and By-Laws. The Society is governed by a Board of Directors, representing all sectors of the forest industry.