Don't let safety slip your mind.
Safety is our priority at GDC. Before working, we inform our employees and trainees about the rules and regulations regarding safety. However, unsafe incidents still do occur.
We would like to address the moments when safety was not on the forefront. Please take a moment to review these unsafe incidents.
Worksafe BC went to a worksite and spoke with a few of our TCP’s. The staff were wearing black hardhats. WSBC stated they needed to be wearing orange hard hats. Please ensure you have the proper PPE when going to a job site. Wrist and ankle reflectors need to be worn on top of pants and visible at all times. Do an inspection of your equipment and your personal gear prior to each shift.
Pilot vehicle was travelling on highway when an opposite approaching vehicle crossed the centre line and entered his lane. Staff member slowed down, moved to edge of road while opposing vehicle corrected itself. While driving, ensure you are vigilant and alert, please see our safe work procedure for driving.
One of our work crews were driving to a worksite and had a near miss with wildlife. Driver was going the speed limit and was aware of the surroundings giving himself time to slow down to allow moose to cross the road without incident. Ensure that you drive for weather conditions and wildlife and keep alert.
A work crew working night shift were nearing the end of their shift. One of the staff was told they could leave the site while the other collected the safety signage. While collecting the signage the female staff member had a vehicle pull up beside her watching. She did not know this person and felt uncertain of the individual’s intentions, though no obvious threat was detected. NO STAFF LEAVE THE SHIFT UNTIL ALL SIGNAGE AND STAFF ARE ACCOUNTED FOR. Working with a partner who knows where you are is essential to ensuring the safety of all of our workers and is not negotiable.
A work crew on night shift set up their flagging locations without making sure the radios were in contact. When one crew member tried to radio the other they could not get through. It is ESSENTIAL that you are in contact with your other crew member. This is considered a STOP WORK scenario. Stop Work means all work stops until this situation is rectified. Ensure your radios are charged, with extra batteries on your person, and that you are in confirmed contact with your partner.