Better than winning Lotto

January 27, 2012

Wow. I work with a health, safety and environment team and we got these pictures from one of the safety guys. It seems this accident happened mid-December 2011 in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, and it involved a truck driver delivering oil/gas pipeline casings to a storage area. While this accident happened at a different company than the one I work for, it could’ve happened to anyone driving this sort of cargo and shows the importance of inspecting a load and how it’s tied down before you move off with it.

Here’s the description that came with the photos (identifying information removed from the description and the truck):

This 9.5/8″ casing had just left [ABC company] yard following inspection/re-coating for storage by [XYZ company]. The truck wasn’t travelling fast by any means, but the driver had to stand on his brakes to give way at the intersection. The pictures tell the rest. Luckily, the driver was only bruised and in a bit of shock… he won his Lotto in this life.

Lucky we drive on the right!

Click on a small photo to see it full size.

One comment

  1. Wow. Danged lucky y’all drive on the “wrong side” of the road! (There’s a show here called “Ice Road Truckers” and I think of that every time I see the truckers schlepping a load of pipe up the mountains of Alaska!)

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