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

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