Close Call/Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Planning and Engineering
1.4Km Blind Creek Main, Knights Inlet
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Marine Pacific Engineering Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Early in the day on the first day of a shift a grizzly bear tracked and followed an engineering crewman for about 20 minutes. The bear left sign (scat and alder scrapes) and the area smelled strongly of bear. The bear appeared to lose interest and the crewman thought he had left but instead the bear had gone ahead to a break in a rock bluff. From this crux he charged directly at the crewman, knocking down alder trees in the charge. About ten meters away from the crewman, the bear suddenly, and without any obvious reason, changed directions and ran down the hill away from the crewman. This was the first of many bear sighting and encounters over a four day shift.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1.Avoid known bear areas when bears are highly active and aggressive (summer/early fall).
2.Work in pairs when bears are an identified hazard.
3.Arm yourself.
4.Be alert and aware in grizzly country. Make Noise - don’t startle creatures.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Jamie Alguire (250) 923-4023

File attachments
2007-07-05 Grizzly Bear follows crewman.pdf
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