Wasp sting leads to infection

Safety Alert Type: 
Workers
Location: 
near Campbell River, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2011-08-10
Company Name: 
Ranger Forest Services Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

While in standing timber, a worker disturbed a wasp nest and was stung once on the hand. The worker had not displayed an allergic reaction to wasp stings in the past.

However, the next day his arm swelled significantly (could no longer wear a watch) and so he went to the doctor. Antibiotics were prescribed and the swelling and pain went away over several days. The worker was advised to closely monitor the arm for any signs of the infection worsening.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Monitor stings closely as they may lead to a bacterial infection
  • Carry antihistamine tablets or an Epi-Pen for someone allergic to stings

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Sandy White, Ranger Forest Services Ltd. rangerforest@telus.net  

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