Serious Incident: Equipment operator left behind, forced to spend overnight in his machine

Safety Alert Type: 
Workers
Location: 
Northwest of Prince George, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2013-11-14
Company Name: 
Stones Bay Holdings Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A subcontract buncher operator had stopped for repairs near the end of his shift. He needed to walk out to his pick-up for tools approximately 1.5 – 2.0 kilometres away. It was late and dark outside. He looked in his machine and his flashlight was missing. He called his co-workers (employees of the subcontractor) and received no reply.

Ultimately, the buncher operator spent the night in his buncher—dark and cold. The employees of the subcontractor had gone home early and said nothing.

Root Causes: The employees of the subcontractor left early and did not advise anyone they were leaving. Also, the buncher was not adequately prepared for winter (no flashlight, etc.). MAN CHECKS ARE VERY IMPORTANT! Be sure they are being done.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Review this incident at both safety committee meetings and tailgate meetings with emphasis placed on importance of man checks and winter preparedness.

• Make sure you have adequate, suitable clothing and other emergency supplies - you never know when you might need them!

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Darren McQueen, Stones Bay Holdings Ltd. (250)-996-8912

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