Cougar encounter at woodlot

Safety Alert Type: 
Planning and Engineering
Location: 
Maple Ridge, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2014-02-26
Company Name: 
Cascadia Environmental Services Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Worker was working alone engineering a cutblock, when she encountered a cougar in the woods. She yelled at the cougar, waving her arms and making herself look big; the cougar did not move towards her or act in an aggressive fashion, it just stood still staring at her.

She immediately contacted the safety coordinator (via text) of the encounter; the safety coordinator checked back (via phone call) every 5 minutes until the worker made it back to the truck. Once at the truck the worker immediately left the area.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1. Staff immediately reviewed cougar safety pamphlet, found at http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/wld/documents/cougsf.htm 

2. Crews will not return to the area in question for one week; when they do return to the area they will work in pairs.

3. Working alone policy has been updated so that individuals cannot work alone in the woods unless there is another worker in the area. In addition the field crew check-in procedure when working apart (hourly via radio) was re-communicated to staff

4. Have purchased folding sheath knifes (with lockable blade and non-slip rubber grip) for field staff to carry with them in the woods

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information, please contact: Chris Gruenwald chris@cascadiaenvironmental.ca

 

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