Fatigue in the woods can lead to slips, trips & falls

Safety Alert Type: 
Workers
Location: 
McBride Creek (near Port Alberni)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2011-11-03
Company Name: 
M.C. Wright & Associates Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

After completing a spawn survey of McBride Creek, a crew member was wading out of the creek when they rolled their ankle on a boulder.

The incident occurred at the end of the day. The workers needed to hike 8 km’s round-trip to get to and from the survey site, something they were not used to. The injured crew member did not bring a lunch. Fatigue combined with a possible low blood sugar level is determined to have contributed to the incident.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Crew members are reminded to ensure they pack a good lunch

• The crew was informed of the advantages of using a walking stick. While the stick may not have prevented the incident in question, it could have lessened fatigue and kept the worker more aware of their surroundings.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Jason Parsley, M.C. Wright and Associates Ltd. 250-753-1055

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