Don't Go There, Especially in Wet Weather
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA

Published As:  Public

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Topics:  Vehicle Safety

Nature reinforced the discipline of parking in designated spaces for an employee at an offsite non-work event. Overflow attendance produced an overflow parking situation, so the employee parked next to another vehicle on what appeared to be a firm mulched area just off the road. Upon returning to his vehicle a little over two hours later, he noticed that his feet sunk "about an inch, probably less" before finding firm support. While attempting to back out of this location at a normal speed, the front tires on his front-wheel-drive vehicle sunk to axle depth before traveling five feet. Both vehicles had to be extracted by tow trucks.

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