2010-06 Worker Gets Lost

Safety Alert Type: 
Planning and Engineering
Southern Interior Region-Quesnel District-McLeese Lake
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Whisky Forestry
Details of Incident / Close Call: 


Senior technician and “newer” co-worker were working together doing block layout. It was anticipated that they would work together the entire day so no hand held radios were taken. Later that morning it was decided in the bush that the junior worker was to go and gps an internal boundary while the senior technician carried on laying out the main boundary. The junior tech. was given pricise direction on how to get to the internal patch, was able to find it and gps it. He was then supposed to compass back to the main boundary and start gps’ing it. On his way back, he somehow missed spotting the main boundary, and just kept walking. About an hour later he came upon another different block boundary, only confusing him more. By this time the senior technician had gone looking for his co-worker. The junior technician at this point was completely disorientated and worried. He just kept walking for a few hours until fortunately he walked out onto a road. Shortly afterwards he waved a pickup down, showed the driver his map of where the crew’s truck was parked and where he had been working. Luckily the driver knew the area well and was able to bring the lost worker back to his pickup.
            The crew was fortunate that the disorientated worker was able to find a road. The situation could have been worse if it was later in the year with fewer daylight hours and cooler weather.


Learnings and Suggestions: 


Ensure proper training of newer workers has been completed before letting them work alone. Should not have been allowed to go alone without a radio. Use of garmin to mark truck location at start of day, ecspecially for newer worker.


For more information on this submitted alert: 


Karl Fischer, Whisky Forestry, Williams Lake, B.C , 250-392-7105


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