Incident Notice 2014-10

Incident Notice 2014-10

Type: Fatality

Industry: Oil Sands Operations

Incident Summary:

A large male black bear attacked a worker who was walking through a material laydown area. The bear dragged the worker into the bush while workers tried to scare the bear away. The bear was shot by an RCMP officer. Both the bear and the worker were found deceased in the trees.

Safety Reminders:

  • Assess hazards of working in areas of wildlife habitation and take the necessary controls to prevent wildlife and workers from interacting with each other.
  • Review wildlife management plans and wildlife land use guidelines and ensure that operations are in accordance with Alberta’s Fish & Wildlife policies.
  • Following human-wildlife conflict information on Alberta’s Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) website, report wildlife to a Fish & Wildlife office.

Safety Resources:

This incident notice is provided for information purposes only to notify industry of an occupational health and safety incident.  It has been issued as an educational resource with the goal of preventing similar incidents. The information contained in this notice is based upon preliminary information that has not been confirmed through investigation.  This notice should not be interpreted as identifying any contraventions of OHS legislation or as laying blame against any party.

Created: 2014-06-24
PID: 15124

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