2009-09-14 Field Worker Slips On Wet Silt, Impacting Chest

Safety Alert Type: 
Terrace, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Forsite Engineering & Geoscience Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A worker was walking down a shallow sloped (10%), rock armoured embankment that had a thick cover of wet silt. While the worker was carefully making his way down toward the stream channel he slipped, falling forward onto an exposed boulder in the stream bottom.

The worker impacted the boulder and caused damage to the right chest area. As time progressed the injury went from external to having internal issues.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • In your hazard assessment consider exposure, hazard and consequence when traversing down this type of slope.
  • Consider the use of a walking stick for additional stability in areas where footing may be uncertain and three point contact is not possible.


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