Water Transportation Death (KV130)


What Happened?

At approximately 12:00 p.m. on January 8, 2018, an employee was transporting water from an oil and gas site to be re-used at a different location. Wintery mix conditions were present. As the employee went down the hill, ahead of the final switch-back curve, he lost control of the truck. The vehicle went over the guardrail and down the hillside. He sustained crushing injuries inside the cab and was pronounced dead at the site.

Contributing Factors

Wintery mix conditions.

What Can We Learn?


By using a Questioning Attitude, the driver would have considered the consequences of transporting his load during wintery conditions.  

By using a Self-Check (Stop, Think, Act, Review), the worker would have been able to focus on the task at hand and determine if the conditions allowed him to transport his load safely.


Overconfidence caused the driver to underestimate the risks of transporting his load during wintery conditions.   

The Physical Environment of wintery conditions caused a hazard that the driver was not able to overcome. 

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What Tools can we use to avoid a similar incident?

Was a stop work point missed?