Worker in medical distress should seek assistance instead of driving to hospital

Safety Alert Type: 
Cariboo region (near Williams Lake)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Newco Logging
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

An equipment operator advised the mechanic (who was the only other person on site) that he was experiencing chest pain and therefore drove himself to town for medical attention.

The Level 3 first aid attendant who was working in the geographic area on a different road was informed of this and tried to catch up with the equipment operator. Meantime, the office in Williams Lake was advised of the situation and made a call to send out an ambulance to intercept the worker’s vehicle on its way to town.

A call then came in from a trucking contractor, whose driver stopped the equipment operator on the road to administer first aid and await the ambulance. The emergency vehicle met the distressed worker and transported him the rest of the way to hospital, where he received medical treatment.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

When a worker has a medical concern, he should not self-diagnose and assume “it’s nothing serious” then proceed to drive himself to town. Treat the situation as an emergency.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Glen Williamson (250) 392-7522

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