Two-way radio contact can change throughout the day!

Safety Alert Type: 
near Revelstoke, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Schiller Contracting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

An equipment operator experienced chest pain while operating a machine. A radio message to the First-Aid attendant needed to be repeated through 2 radios (relay) because of operator distance and terrain.

The severity and emergency details of the incident were not well communicated because personnel responding could not communicate with others who were also responding.

Although the worker was checking in by radio at hourly set intervals (he was working alone) and drills for these types of emergencies are a regular occurrence with this crew, the worker’s distance and poor radio transmission created some initial confusion among the responders.

Thankfully, the responders did make it to the worker in due time and the Emergency Response Plan was well initiated. The worker was transported to hospital and the diagnosis of the chest pain was angina. He was back to work the next shift and happy that his crew stayed calm while dealing with his emergency.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

During the incident debriefing the crew discussed:

• Radio contact

• Location of working repeaters

• Working alone

• Reminder that at all times a crew needs to be ready for anything

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information contact: Chielo Pronovost, Akita Safety Inc. 250-309-8783 (on behalf of Schiller Contracting Ltd.)

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