Powerful winds topple trees; camp worker in tent narrowly escapes with fractured ankle

Safety Alert Type: 
Northern Interior region (near Prince George)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
BC Forest Safety Council
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

With little warning, extreme winds (in excess of 100 km/h) swept through a bush camp.

The gusts brought down multiple standing mature trees, one of which impacted a worker during an attempt to exit a personal tent.

The worker suffered a fractured ankle.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Review wind evacuation Safe Work Procedure (SWP) with crew.

• Review Wildlife/Danger Tree (WDT) Hazard Assessment with supervisors for all forested campsites.

• Ensure your WDT specialist assesses the campsite to level of Disturbance Level 3 activities. When in doubt, bring in additional wildlife/danger tree assessment expertise and/or a certified faller.

• Ensure the crew list and camp map (with all tent sites and map of campsite location) are posted on Safety Board in mess tent and office.

• Establish a camp muster point at least 2 tree lengths from any standing timber.

• Group all tents within a WDT-assessed, designated safe camping area.

• Eliminate tent sites which may be out of range of muster signals.

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