Wildlife on the jobsite

It is hunting season and most of us are out in the backcountry scouting for game. Since the change in weather in Southern BC, the animals are coming down the hills and are feeding in town.  Urban wild life has always been a problem across BC and can cause problems on your job site.

One of my custom home builder clients had to implement a new housekeeping rule on their jobsite in Naramata, BC. The crew needs to remove all human garbage from the site at the end of the day.  A black bear has been ripping through the neighbours garbage in the development.  The bear was so aggressive that it tore open the top of the neighbour’s jeep and destroyed the doors.  Wildlife conservation has been notified and the community needs to avoid putting out garbage overnight.

Jobsites sometimes get treated like garbage dumps.  Crews toss their chicken bones on the ground.  The site is often littered with Timmies cups, granola bar wrappers and Subway napkins.  The mentality is that the ground will be backfilled soon anyway.  Our miny-landfill at the job site is creating the same problem that we find at our local dumps- bear fodder!

The development in Naramata is rural.  This week there has been wild times on the job in the city as well.  Yesterday, a coyote chased a four point buck right through our large construction site in West Kelowna.  All crew stopped and stared.  It was a remarkable sight.

If I only had my bow.   Keep your high viz vests on to be safe!

Happy hunting!  Have a safe season and enjoy the harvest.

This video is of a black bear on a jobsite in the States.  Watch this and take note of how not to interact with a bear.  It is a simple illustration of how a bear on a jobsite could quickly become a nuisance and a serious problem.  Share your wild stories with us!

Posted on: October 31st, 2012 by Victoria Comments

Why do we need to supervise our workers? Bored construction workers video

When I first saw this video I laughed in shock and amazement. Here are some bored construction workers goofing around.

Boredom, carelessness, poor attitude.

We are dealing with people and people are unpredictable.  Employers are responsible for training and supervising workers.  They need to inspect their job sites.

Check this out

Posted on: October 5th, 2012 by Victoria Comments

Safety Calculator: Calculating the cost of an accident

Do you know how much a workplace accident would cost your company? WorkSafe BC has a tool to help you determine accident costs. The costs of an accident extend far beyond direct costs. There are costs to morale, public perception, company reputation, ability to hire and retain employees.

Safety is a shared responsibility.  Everyone suffers with poor safety management.  The cost of taking shortcuts is enormous.  Injuries are painful and may affect someone for the rest of their life.  Injuries affect the family and community.  In addition, injuries affect fellow workers and the company.  It may lead to downtime.  It can result in lost time and lost revenue for everyone.

Posted on: October 2nd, 2012 by Victoria Comments

Signs of Infection: How small cuts become big problems fast!

Me on my way for holidays!

Finally it is time for holidays!  The car is packed with bikes, fishing rods, rifles and wine!  My boyfriend and I are heading to Alberta for a country vacation.

We leave our home in Penticton and get 20 minutes down the road when Jacob begins to complain about pain in his hand.  He had gotten his fingers mousetrapped at work between a piece of steel and the concrete floor during a simple crane lift procedure.  It was a small injury.  Two blood blisters that had formed on his fingers.  As a welder and fitter, he is used to minor injuries, cuts and bruises.  The blood blisters had popped so he went to first aid to get a bandaid. The first aid attendant cleaned the wound and dressed it.  Jacob returned back to work for the rest of the week without incident.

It wasn’t until 4 days later that a problem was noticed.

Two small blood blisters

Within one hour from leaving our home, Jacob was in agony.  We headed to emergency in Oliver for treatment.  They gave him an antibiotic IV and sent him on his way.  His direction was to get another antibiotic IV at our next stop en route the following day.  In all fairness to the hospital in Oliver, we were pressing to get on the road. Next stop was Cranbrook.  At the East Kootney Regional Hospital, the emergency doctor stopped the road trip.  Jacob’s finger had swollen up to the size of a bratwurst ready to burst.  Red was radiating up his hand.  She called in the orthopedic surgeon.

Within 45 minutes, Jacob received emergency surgery on his hand.  His finger was in jeopardy of being lost.

Swollen like a bratwurst

Jacob recovered well after the surgery, but is undergoing physio to regarin grip strength.  This is a critical time in our lives.  We don’t want to jeopardize his healing.  To lose the use of the flexor would mean losing the ability to use his hand fully.  This could be career ending.

Jacob on ferry          The situation was dramatic enough to begin with!  One piece of paper made this situation easier.  The first aid record!!!  We are grateful that Jacob reported the injury to first aid.  Without having documentation, he never would have been able to substantiate his claim for Worker’s Compensation Benefits.  A reminder of the importance of reporting minor injuries!

Posted on: September 7th, 2012 by Victoria Comments

The Day of Mourning April 28

This week we collectively grieve workers who have lost their lives or who have been injured on the job. April 28th is a day where we can remember that workplace accidents are real.  They have costs.  It is a moment for us as a society to look in the mirror and choose to do a better job protecting our workers.

This video is intended to inspire us to continue trying.  The message is to keep trying and trying and trying.  Eventually we will succeed.  The story is about a man who was born without arms and legs.  His will to survive is powerful.  His message can serve as an inspiration for those who are disabled because of an accident.  His message is a call to action for all of us to do better.  Let us finish strong together.  Please watch this short video. 

Posted on: April 27th, 2012 by Victoria Comments

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