2009-08-09 Layout crew encounters bear

Safety Alert Type: 
Piltz Pk., Big Creek. Cariboo Forest District
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Atlas Information Management
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

At around 9am, a forest engineer was hanging boundary ribbon in an open pine stand. As the worker advanced up a 35% slope he was surprised by a black bear about three meters away. The bear raised it's head, but did not move and was deemed non threatening. The worker avoided direct eye contact and slowly backed away until he lost sight of the bear. He then move away from the area glancing back to confirm that the bear was not following. He continued down hill for about 1km and did a radio check with his co-worker. The two workers continued hanging ribbon together.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Maintain awareness of surroundings. Work in pairs if bears spotted in the vicinity.

Presence of bears was discussed at tailgate meeting and both workers carry bear spray as PPE.

Crew followed company's OH&SP SOP for bear encounters.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Peter Nickerson, FT

Safety Coordinator Atlas InformationManagement



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