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20170530-0001        [Corrective Actions]
Event Start Date:
05/25/2017 0900
Event Stop Date:
05/25/2017 1400 
Incident Name:
ROHVA Basic Driver Training
Fire Number:
Local Unit:
Moab District BLM
Incident Type:
Incident Activity:
Stage of Incident:
Position Title:
ROV Driver Coach  
Coach Fire and LEO Personnel on proper use of Recreational OFF-Highway Vehicles (ROV's) 
Management Level:
Resources Involved:
1 Firefighter, 1 Polaris Ranger ROV 
Contributing Factors
Contributing Factors:
Human Factors:
Other Factors:
Describe in detail what happened including the concern or potential issue, the environment (weather, terrain, fire behavior, etc), and the resulting health issue.
While preforming exercise 3 (Low Speed Steering Limits) in the ROHVA Basic Driver Course a wheel detached from a Polaris Ranger Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle(ROV). The incident occurred while the student driver was circling a cone in a clockwise motion at a low speed of approximately 2-3 mph. After about 2 circular revolutions the wheel detached from it's axle assembly and the ROV gently rocked to it's left rear side with the axle landing in soft powdery dirt. The wheel came to a stop about 1 ft from the ROV and tipped to it's side in the dirt. The driver was assessed and due to the low speeds and soft ground area no injuries were incurred. Damage to the ROV appears to consist of the inner axle parts and the brake caliper components. Each day all ROV's were thoroughly inspected in a pre-ride checklist referred to as T-CLOC (Tires,Controls, Lights, OIL and Other Fluids, Chassis and Accessories) to help mitigate accidents and/or safety concerns.
Immediate Action Taken
Reporting Individual : please describe actions you took to correct or mitigate the unsafe/unhealthful event.
The ROV was immediately taken out of service for the remainder of the training and loaded on a trailer to be later taken to a certified Polaris Dealership for repair/feedback. After the incident the instructors carefully inspected
the ROV and concluded that the failure was internal and beyond the scope of the standard ROV pre-ride inspection process. The ROV has not been looked at or repaired as of this moment. Several pictures are included.

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