SERIOUS INCIDENT : Gunfire in forest endangers field worker

Safety Alert Type: 
Planning and Engineering
Swift Creek FSR (near Squamish, BC)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Infinity-Pacific Stewardship Group
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Worker was traversing boundary changes in a proposed cut-block. He was working alone and checking in every hour with the Safety Check-in via cell phone. He was removing an old boundary line working toward his truck, which was less than 50 metres away, parked on the Swift Creek Forestry Service road.

A shot was fired and he heard the bullet whiz by him. He immediately started yelling at the unknown shooter(s) and ran to the road. Once at roadside, the worker started walking toward the shooter(s) truck but it sped away, heading further up the FSR.

Worker could not get a licence plate number on the truck but immediately called his direct supervisor and informed him of the situation. Supervisor stated he had the right to refuse unsafe work if he felt uncomfortable with continuing his duties. Worker took his lunchbreak to see if the shooters(s) would come back but nothing happened. He decided it was safe to continue and finished the task for the day.


Learnings and Suggestions: 

Although the worker could not record the licence plate number because the truck was in motion, he gathered a description of the truck. However, the description was not enough for the police to investigate the incident further.

The police suggested that the employee / supervisor should have immediately dialed 9-1-1 to dispatch police to investigate and possibly locate the shooter(s) closer to the time of the incident.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Infinity-Pacific Stewardship Group Krys Stec, Safety Coordinator (604) 870-1191

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