Staying hydrated: Not just a summertime concern

Safety Alert Type: 
Workers
Location: 
Bamfield, BC (west coast Vancouver Island)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2014-05-01
Company Name: 
Baseline Archaeological Services Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A worker had been walking through a cutblock for approximately 8 hours prior, when he felt a mild headache starting around mid-afternoon.

The weather was sunny, temperatures were in the mid 20’s and the terrain was difficult to navigate with lots of understory.

By 5pm the worker’s headache was worse and he was experiencing some nausea. The crew then left the block and by the time they reached the truck the headache was severe with nausea and waves of cold chills.

After being kept out of the sun, re-hydrating, and closing his eyes, the symptoms had reduced greatly. It was apparent that the worker was suffering from a mild case of heat stroke/heat exhaustion. Because the worker was feeling better no medical attention was required.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Always carry more water than you think you will need.

• Keep in mind that weather during shoulder seasons can still be extreme.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

S. Allester at Baseline Archaeological Services Ltd. sndawe@shaw.ca

 

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