Close Call/Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Planning and Engineering
North White River, east of Canal Flats, B.C.
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Maple Leaf Forestry Consulting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Two forestry workers conducting a stream assessment for timber development encountered a Grizzly Bear. The workers were approximately 40 meters apart when one the workers startled the bear. The bear then ran towards the other worker. Noting this, the worker quickly dove under a windfall for protection. The bear attempted to pull the worker out from under the windfall severely injuring his right leg and right arm. The worker was able to adjust himself squarely to the bear and kicked the bear directly in the face with his caulked boot. The bear then retreated and ran back towards the other worker. The other worker was aware the bear was approaching and was prepared to defend herself with Bear Spray. As the bear quickly approached she sprayed the bear with her spray and it instantly withdrew and retreated to the forest not to be seen again.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Make plenty of noise when working the bush whether you are alone or in pairs. Carry Bear Spray at all times when you’re in the bush. Wear Bear bells on your cruisers vest or backpack. Be Bear aware, look for the signs and make wise decisions.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Mark Serediuk, General Manager of Maple Leaf Forestry Consulting Ltd. (250) 489-0005.

File attachments
2007-07-04 Worker Encounters Grizzly Bear.pdf
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