Close Call/Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Planning and Engineering
Location: 
Phinette Lake, off of Highway 24, Southern Interior Forest District
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-09-19
Company Name: 
Montane Forest Consultants Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Forestry worker was working in the Phinette Lake area laying out a Forestry road. Cougar approached to within 3m, predatory to forestry worker and his dog. Worker faced the cougar and backed towards the truck approx 200m away. Cougar followed worker to truck and worker and his dog arrived safely at the truck.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

All safe work procedures were followed as per our Health and Safety Policy.
A ll work in the area ceased operations and workers returned to their office. Ministry of Environment officials were notified.

File attachments
2007-09-19 Close Encounter With Cougar.pdf

Close Call/Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Planning and Engineering
Location: 
Auger Rd, Burns Lk
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-10-10
Company Name: 
North Aspect Contracting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Crew was surveying a blk. It was hunting season and we had signs up Alerting people “Crew Working In Area”. At the end of the day the crew got in the truck to drive home, only to find the Rd had been de-activated. It took hours placing logs and wood to get through the de-activations. The vehicle also sustained damage.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Place sign at the beginning of secondary Rd where it joins main line. It is also the responsibility of the de-activation crew to drive to the END of the Rd being de-activated. If this had of been practiced, the situation could have been avoided. MOFR Burns Lake was informed of the incident, for investigation.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Nick Hawes 250-562-3835

File attachments
2007-10-10 De-Activated Road Causes Problems.pdf

Close Call Black Bear Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Planning and Engineering
Location: 
Yeo Island, Mapsheet # 103A050-013, UTM Grid 9-5806-5600, Blk Y13. BCTS TSL A71396 is located approximately 125km west of Bella Coola and 15km north of Bella Bella. The log dump is located on the SW point of Yeo Island on Spiller Channel. Proceed 16km up the Yeo mainline to Block Y13.
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-10-14
Company Name: 
Coast Forest Management Ltd
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

9:30AM: 2 employees were conducting logging residue and waste surveys within block Y13. The crew accessed the block by helicopter from Shearwater (near Bella Bella). Both employees were working in a plot approximately 35m above the Yeo mainline at mid-block. While working, one of the employees turned and saw an extremely large black bear within 3+/- meters of himself and within 1-2+/- meters of his working partner. Both employees started yelling in an attempt to scare-off the bear. At this point, the bear realized he was very close to one of the employees and began to advance toward him. Both continued to yell but the bear kept advancing. One employee began to move uphill of the bear in an attempt to get clear but the bear continued to pursue him. The other employee moved downhill and continued to yell. This seemed to confuse the bear a little and both employees were able to put some distance between themselves and the bear. They both reached the mainline and noticed the bear had moved downhill to the road ahead of them to try to cut them off. One employee had left his vest at plot center which had the radio in the back pouch. Fortunately, there was another residue and waste crew working in the same block so the two employees began to walk/run towards the other crew. The second crew had a radio and called out on Marine 6 to relay a message to the helicopter pilot at Shearwater. At this time, all crew noticed the bear was walking up the road, advancing towards them so they all began walking/running down the mainline in a southerly direction. The bear continued to advance and followed them approximately 2km down the mainline. The crew continued to walk down the mainline and was eventually picked-up by helicopter 4km from Y13 at 11:00AM. The bear was not sighted at 4km.
The conservation officer was notified Monday, October 15th of the incidence and informed the crew (ordered) to stay out of the area until further notice.
It appears that the logging crew had several encounters with a very aggressive black bear while working in the same vicinity during logging operations (although not documented).

Learnings and Suggestions: 

-Alert any potential future forestry / recreation personnel of bear incidence.
-Contact conservation officer in Bella Bella for any updates or follow-up information to this incidence.
-Always work in pairs.
-Be aware of high risk areas.
-Be bear aware and always look for sign.
-Always carry bear spray, bells, bangers.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Dave Riddell, Coast Forest Management Ltd, Campbell River, BC @ 250-287-2077

File attachments
2007-10-14 Close Call With Black Bear.pdf

Close Call/Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Planning and Engineering
Location: 
Purcell Point, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-11-03
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On Saturday 3rd November a consultant working with me doing silviculture surveys at Purcell Point was confronted with what was undoubtedly a predatory black bear. The bear crept up on him silently while he was doing a plot, and even though there was only moderate brush he was unaware of the bear until it was about 10ft away from him. For the next 15 minutes he was fending off the bear with sticks, rocks and noise as the bear herded him into the corner of the block against the creek which is a very steep sided canyon.

The contractor was able to get me on his radio but under the stress of the situation did not make it clear to me exactly where he was and so I actually set off to help in what was not quite the right direction. It took me about 10 minutes before I got a falling corner number from him and managed to get down the steep timbered terrain to where he was. The contractor was blowing his whistle continuously which made it much easier to locate him once in the right vicinity. Although we both assumed the bear would take off when I joined him it did not, but by there being two of us we were able to scramble across the creek while still keeping the bear at a distance. However, we became "stuck" at the base of a very steep, wet slope we could not climb easily and at this point the bear came across the creek and climbed the bank to get above us and was only about 2m away on the other side of a log and a tree. At this point I decided to use the bear spray, as it was really just his head and upper shoulders that were visible as he prepared to push between the log / tree toward us. The spray hit the bear directly in the face (text book fashion) and after a few seconds of thinking about it, recoiled backwards and disappeared. We were then able to scramble up the creek further to a point we could get up the bank and then through the cut-block to the road, then up to where the atv was parked. The contractor said that as we climbed the bank he could see the brush thrashing around close to where we had been, no doubt as the bear tried to wipe the problem from his face. We went straight to the beach where we sheltered in a shop truck belonging to a road building crew until our water taxi arrived two hours later.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Needless to say, the consultant was considerably shaken, and I am sure that was the most frightening experience of my adult life. The situation lasted about 15-20 minutes for him and he was pretty much exhausted. There are a number of points worth stressing, which although common sense are very much worth detailing:
1. It is impossible to rummage in your cruise vest for radios, maps, bear spray or whistles when you need two hands to fight off a bear / cougar. Obviously the contractor did not have his bear spray with him, but his radio, map, whistle were all in a chest pack where he was able to use them with one hand. He also had a large knife which he straps on the pack. It was only by having the radio and map easily accessible that I was eventually able to find him.
2. Be sure you know where your partner is working. We had spoken about ten minutes before the bear came at him, and we had discussed where he was and the route he was taking to get back
to the road where I was. However, there are lots of creeks and leave patches and I made the wrong assumption as to where he was at that point. It was not till I told him exactly which Fc I was by that he tried to find one on his map.
3. At the very least, always carry bear spray. There is no doubt it prevented the situation becoming a serious injury or even worse. The obvious solution is a gun, and I will most certainly be wasting no time getting one. I have been putting it off for years and that has nearly proved disastrous.
Specifically, in terms of Bute inlet we all know there are lots of bears, but in Purcell this is the fourth incident I have heard of since working there. A Cougar Inlet road crew foreman had a bear chase him up onto the fuel tanks just a couple of weeks ago at the dump, we had a tree planter charged in 1997 and myself and the silviculture contractor had to throw rocks at a bear that was coming just too close about 5 years ago. Also, in CMH days we had a bunch of clothing left by the roadside ripped to shreds, which included my hard hat being bitten through.

The problem is we see bear frequently and get complacent. There was lots of sign around last week and the only way to move through the blocks is on the "bear trails" through the brush. I know I do not carry bear spray all the time, and was lucky it was in my vest that day. My radio and the bear spray is always in my back pouch where it is not easy to get. That is my second incident with silent, creeping bears and the next time the bear will be shot.

File attachments
2007-11-03 Aggressive Black Bear Stalks Crew.pdf

Worker Lost Overnight

Safety Alert Type: 
Planning and Engineering
Location: 
Plumper Harbor ect.
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-12-08
Company Name: 
Golden Spruce ventures Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On the afternoon of the 8th day of December, 2007 at 2:30 pm. a worker in the occupation of tree topping became lost as he wandered away from his crew working on Nootka Island on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
The worker failed to inform his crew of his intentions to desert his station and as such neither his supervisor nor co-worker knew of his whereabouts, this junior crew member in a somewhat distraught frame of mind found himself in unfamiliar territory.
Due to poor planning, no map preparation or radio maintenance and in contravention of mandatory communication, this climber was unable to reverse what had for him become a sequence of events leading to a crisis. The worker ran out of daylight and with it his chances to reverse any of those events.
His only hope at this point was to abandon hope of return and stay the night in the trees. Search and rescue was called, the worker was not injured and he walked out of the trees to safety when it became daylight.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Kevin Beausoleil (250) 850-1521

Employee released brake on scow winch line and spoke of winch wheel struck employees finger breaking finger

Safety Alert Type: 
Manufacturing
Location: 
Duke Point Sawmill
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-02-02
Company Name: 
Western Forest Products
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Employee was in the process of slacking scow shore line (A) and he released the brake (B) of the scow winch. The wheel (C) spun and the wheel spoke hit the employees hand and broke his finger. The spoke on the original wheel that struck the employees finger was replaced with this solid wheel to prevent accident contact as caused this incident

Upset Conditions:
1. Scow was under shore line docking plate and had to be moved to free scow from plate.
2. Inadequate training/instruction for employee in doing this job

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1. Assess the risks of the task being done to ensure you are in a safe position and following safe procedures to do the job.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Terry Baker 250-714-9310

File attachments
2007-02-02 Released brake leads to broken finger.pdf

Multiple Fracture to Leg

Safety Alert Type: 
Manufacturing
Location: 
Somass Division
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-06-22
Company Name: 
Western Forest Products
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Employee was assisting a millwright and welder in cleaning up the metal storage racks. A maintenance person would remove the metal plates by the use of overhead hoist and plate clamp and the employee would clean the debris in the rack. All three were doing this in between other jobs. About 3:25 pm the welder had called the millwright to come back with service crane to assist them further. At this time the welder had taken a small plate with the fork lift to storage area on the south side of shop. While both trades’ people were away, the cleanup employee removed three checkered metal plates (3/8 x 4 ft x 8 ft) out of the rack by using overhead crane and plate clamp. The metal plates came out of the clamp and fell toward the operator. He tried to step back but fell over the pallet of chains that were behind him. The metal plates landed on his right leg causing multiple fractures to his lower leg.

Upset Conditions:
1.Lack of training
2.Lack of knowledge
3.Congestion
4.Inadequate grip or hold
5.Inadequate awareness of surroundings

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1.Ensure employees are trained and competent in the job tasks they are assigned to perform
2.Use RADAR, assess the risks around your work area, remove congestion if possible
3.Ensure hoist pendants are long enough so operators can stay from danger areas
4.Communicate to all employees that they are not to do job they have not been trained to do.
5.Ensure proper instructions are available to employees on the use of metal clamps such as lift only one plate at a time. Safe lifting procedure

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Randy Sall or Mike Shewchuk

File attachments
2007-06-22 metal plate falls on leg.pdf

BODY CONTACT WITH ROTATING HULA SAW

Safety Alert Type: 
Manufacturing
Location: 
Ladysmith
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-08-17
Company Name: 
Western Forest Products
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Millwright was called to pony edger to repair an infeed
drive chain. The millwright had all energy sources locked
out, test started, but failed to notice that the hula saw was
still rotating. He entered the rollcase, bent over to view the
drive chain and his right cheek of his buttocks came in
contact with the rotating saw.

Upset Conditions:
1. Drive chain off.
2. Guarding on hula saw was not sufficient.
3. Worker failed to ensure machine was at zero energy.
Saw takes 5 mins. & 35 secs. to come to a stop after
being shut off. After about 2 mins., the rotating saw is
in-audible.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1. Modify guard on hula saw to extend past the edge of the saw. (completed Aug. 18/07)
2. Label at saw to state that it takes 5 mins. & 35 secs. to come to a stop. (completed Aug. 17/07)
3. Review with all maintenance re: Millwrights, Filers, Electrical & Pony edger operator that this saw coasts for a long period of time after being shut off.
4. Initiate RADAR program .

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Contact Dennis Heck @ 250-245-6458

File attachments
2007-08-17 Body Contact With Rotating Hula Saw.pdf

Labourer Injured by Broken Board

Safety Alert Type: 
Manufacturing
Location: 
BC Southern Interior
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-11-01
Company Name: 
Harlow Creek Contracting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A labourer was helping adjust the walls of a metal building being constructed – the workers were pushing metal sheets into place by pushing / prying with a 2” x 6” x 16’ hemlock board.

The board was bowed from the action of the workers pushing on it. The board broke into two pieces (at the location of spike knot running across the surface of the board), and one of the pieces sprang back and struck the labourer on the left, front of head.

A qualified Occupational Level One First Aid attendant attended to the labourer on site. The wound was bleeding profusely, so the attendant applied pressure to the wound through and absorbent pad and had the labourer driven to Arrow Lakes hospital to receive further medical treatment. The labourer received 15 staples to close the wound, and the worker did not return to work – the incident is recorded as a lost-time incident.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1. Persons should use engineered / recommended tools only to push / pry objects into place. Ensure that the tools are maintained, inspected, and tested before using them.
2. Personnel should be instructed in all safe work practices related to their job before the job begins.

File attachments
2007-11-01 Labourer Injured by Broken Board.pdf

Close Call/Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Sorting
Location: 
Ferguson Bay Dryland Sort, Queen Charlotte Islands
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-07-23
Company Name: 
EDWARDS & ASSOCIATES LOGGING LTD
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A boom boat operator was removing loose logs from the “bull pen” after a manual boom cutoff. His boat was pulled in tight under the spillway facing away from the sort. He could hear a stacker approaching the spillway above him with a bundle of logs, and realized that the stacker operator was going to drop the bundle down the spillway. He began waving up to the machine, but was out of the stacker operator’s line of sight, and the bundle was dropped, narrowly missing the boom boat and operator. The boom boat operator promptly left the area.
The boom boat operator had called the sort charge hand when first conducting the boom cutoff, meaning that he would be in the “bull pen” (or area of water directly under the spillways) and this was conveyed to the stacker operators. They stayed clear of the area, and did not push any bundles over the spillways. However, when the boom boat operator returned to the bull pen to sort out some loose logs, there was a breakdown in communications in that it was assumed by one or more of the stacker operators that the boom boat was clear of the area. The sort crew had returned to production as usual. Because of lower tide conditions, the boom boat was not visible to the stacker operator.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Maintain clear communications between the boom boat operator and sort crew at all times
• Boom Boat operator should always notify the charge hand when he is entering or leaving the bullpen
• When the boom boat is in the bull pen area, stacker operators MUST ASSUME that if they cannot see the boat that it is directly under the spillways, and DO NOT push bundles into the water until its location is verified.

For more information on this submitted alert: 
File attachments
2007-07-23 Bundle dropped down spillway narrowly missed boom operator.pdf
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