Worker suffers medical distress requiring emergency evacuation from forest worksite

Safety Alert Type: 
4700 Road (west of Quesnel, BC)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Westroad Resource Consultants Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A two person layout crew had finished work for the day and arrived back at the truck. Shortly after arriving at the truck, one of the workers had a sudden stabbing pain on the left side of his head, followed by numbness, decreased level of consciousness, slurred speech, and overall weakness/lethargy with decreased motor skills.

His co-worker did a first-aid assessment and stabilized the patient in the truck. A forestry crew from another company arrived on the scene and began to assist. Radio contact was made with the office in Quesnel via the company repeater.

The decision was made to evacuate the patient to a nearby café (half hour drive) and dispatch an ambulance to meet them there. The patient’s level of consciousness was deteriorating. The office contacted 911 and an ambulance was dispatched.

A worker from the other company assisted in driving the patient while the second crew person monitored vital signs. The ambulance was met at the café where paramedics took over and transported the patient to hospital. The patient’s condition began to improve once he was inside the ambulance. He was released from hospital later that evening.

The hospital determined that the worker had likely suffered a minor stroke or TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack)

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Ensure first-aid training is maintained

• Ensure radio contact is maintained with office or additional means of communication is available in the event of an emergency (ie. SPOT messenger other device)

• Ensure all employees are aware of evacuation and radio procedures. Periodically test these procedures

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information contact: Jim Kurta or Chris Royle, Westroad Resource Consultants Ltd., Quesnel, B.C. (250) 992-2987

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