Chest pains while travelling test ERP readiness

Safety Alert Type: 
Workers
Location: 
west of Port Alberni (Vancouver Island)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2012-08-08
Company Name: 
HFN Forestry
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A four person yarding & loading contract crew was on the way to work from Port Alberni to the site - 55 kilometers away from town - when a crew member in his 50’s started experiencing chest pains. The worker with the affliction agreed to continue on in the hopes that the pains would subside.

Upon arrival at the site, the worker decided he was potentially in trouble and should go to the hospital. The crew turned around and drove back to town where the worker went to the hospital. After examination, there was no conclusion to the cause of the pains and he was asked to return for tests.

Although there was no conclusion as to what the pains were, the worker could have been in serious trouble, had it been a heart attack or other potentially deadly affliction.

A level 3 first aid was available to the site but not called and the Prime Contractor was not notified of the occurrence.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

When a worker is in distress, the emergency response plans for the site must be initiated by contacting supervision immediately and actions must be taken to prevent serious outcomes.

• Call the best available first aid, which may have oxygen or a defibrillation device.

• Immediately call the Prime Contractor, contract supervisor or licensee/owner of the site, who will assist with arranging BC Ambulance or other assets to assist.

• Take all occurrences of a worker in distress seriously, even if they protest.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Mark Godard mark.godard@hfnforestry.ca 

File attachments
Chest pains while travelling test ERP readiness .pdf
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