Close Call: Eye injury from "hidden" branch narrowly avoided

Safety Alert Type: 
Workers
Location: 
Flores Island (west coast of Vancouver Island)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2011-11-18
Company Name: 
Baseline Archaeological Services
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A crew member was walking up a slope, slightly stumbled and fell/walked into a tree limb face first. The limb was dead and broken, forming a blunt end. Facing the tree limb straight on, the branch blended in with the tree behind. The worker did not see the branch and when she slipped, her face smashed the branch with force under the right eye. Swelling and scratches occurred. No first aid was required.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Wear protective face shield whenever possible
  • Plan route through forest ahead, periodically looking forward before looking down to find footing.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

More information: Baseline Archaeological Services at 250-897-3853 or sndawe@shaw.ca 

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