Updated: Aug 26, 2021
"Safety is a top priority at Forteck, the use of ATVs is necessary for most forestry projects. It is important that all ATV riders are trained and competent in safe ATV use before starting a project which requires ATVs." - Branden Soroka - Forteck CEO & President
Did you know: Head injuries are a major cause of ATV related death, leading to more than 40% of deaths in Alberta.
We use ATV's regularly in the summer months as a mode of transportation to and from job sites. With that, we take the utmost importance on ATV safety to keep our crew healthy and alive. Fun fact: all Forteck crew members have to take an ATV training course before driving an ATV on the job.
Be safe with the Proper PPE
Here's a list of equipment we use to keep our crew safe when using ATV's:
Wear an Approved ATV or Motorcycle Helmet: You only have one head on your shoulders, when driving an ATV, protect it!
Eye Protection: Such as a helmet shield or riding goggles will protect you from branches, rocks, or even insects that can impede your vision when driving. Wearing eye protection will prevent ocular injuries and ensure your eyes stay on the trail at all times.
Proper Clothing: Wear suitable clothing, including boots, gloves, long pants, and a long sleeve shirt to protect yourself from the elements and potential debris.
When operating an ATV, here's a few things to keep in mind to stay as safe as possible:
Be Aware of your surroundings: Learn about and understanding the potential risks and make a plan to manage them. Know what the possible hazards are in your riding area.
Service your Machine: Keep your ATV in good repair. Double-check to make sure it has a working headlight, tail light, and muffler. Knowing your machine is properly serviced before going out on the job will minimize breakdowns leaving you stranded in the bush.
Can you see the road?: It is important to drive during the daylight hours to avoid unexpected terrains like drop-offs, ditches, and cliffs. Along with the time of day, make sure to check the weather forecast for this can affect the trails and your visibility.
Get the proper training: Take an ATV operator training course from a trained instructor. The Canada Safety Council offers ATV rider courses that include training on using controls, riding terrain, turning, and climbing hills.
Drive Sober: Drive responsibly and pay attention so that you're in control. Never use alcohol or drugs before or while riding an ATV.