While delivering timber to a house being built by Pacific c Resorts boss Greg Stanaway. An eye witness said one of the trucks, stabilisers started sinking into the ground causing the vehicle to keel over, but fortunately nobody was hurt. The driver luckily escaped with a small graze on his leg.
CITC general manager, Gaye Whitta said the Driver of the truck was delivering a pack of timber to a customers’ site in the CITC Hiab delivery truck.
Whitta said: “As trained, the driver checked that the ground around the truck had a solid foundation before placing the feet of the Hiab directly on the ground. Once the feet were placed on the ground the driver proceeded to unload the timber from the back of the truck.
“We later discovered that the constant rain we have had over the past months had hardened the ground on the top of the sand but below this surface the sand was soft underneath.”
She said that as the timber was unloaded, the feet from the Hiab sunk into the ground (the solid top covered a soft area) and the truck began to topple over.
Fortunately, the truck did not tip completely over and the we are glad that the driver was not injured.
Whitta said the driver has a lot of experience and CITC provides proper training for our staff to keep them safe.
“This accident has highlighted that we can never be too careful and CITC will be ensuring advanced training is given to our staff to ensure that this type or any other accidents are avoided in the future.”
Whitta acknowledged T&M Limited to the assistance they provided at such short notice.