A two-person work team had completed work on a remote site.
They were driving the company sport utility vehicle (SUV) back to the base.
The driver reportedly saw an animal on the road and swerved to avoid hitting it.
The SUV struck the 50cm (20in) high dirt berm at the side of the road and flipped over.
Driver and passenger did not receive any injuries, but they were taken in for observation.
Why did it happen?
Driver was speeding and lost control of the vehicle. They ignored the speed limit on the caliche road.
Passenger did not stop the driver from speeding.
Driver had falsified his records to get his driving licence – they had limited previous experience. This was not identified by the company.
Insufficient training for workers driving to and from sites.
What did they learn?
Drivers should respect the speed limits on all roads.
All personnel driving company cars should be competent and trained.
Confirm driver competency by using skills assessment and verification process.
Use job safety analysis (JSA) and risk assessment tools ( e.g. stop and think) to control awareness of hazards.
Ask yourself or your crew
How do you avoid being a distracted driver?
Are you confident to drive to and from remote sites? What should you do if you require a refresher?
How can you check if your journey plans take into account road conditions and speed limit?
What can we do to improve journey management plans, or help drivers follow the plan?
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A driver lost control of their vehicle after swerving to avoid hitting an animal. The vehicle hit a 50cm (20cm) high berm and flipped over. Driver and passenger did not receive any injuries, but they were taken in for observation.