CLOSE CALL: Blasting

Safety Alert Type: 
Road Building/Deactivation
Vancouver Island
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Island Timberlands LP
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The road construction lead operator (*1) granted access to Forest Planners stopped at a “Blasting Area. No Entry Without Clearance” sign.

The Planner’s intention was to drive to 8km (*2) on the mainline and then into a spur to park at (*3), and then walk up into their work site (*4).

The road construction lead assumed the Planners were working at 8km on the mainline, outside the blast danger zone. The Planners were given clearance and assumed they could work off the spur. The Planners were approximately 100 metres below the blast when the shot was detonated (*5).

*Note: refer to map on page 2 of the attached PDF.

Contributing factors:

  • The spur was not checked or barricaded prior to blast as it was deemed too brushy to access.
  • The Planners had outdated maps for the area that did not show the new road construction.
  • There were two active road construction sides in the area, each with a drill.
  • No clear work plan was communicated between the parties. Too many assumptions were made and not enough questions asked to clarify the work plans.


Learnings and Suggestions: 

  • The Blaster should ensure all spurs within the blast danger zone are checked, guarded and/or barricaded prior to initiating a blast.
  • Forest workers planning to work in/near an active road construction area will meet (face-to-face) with the lead operator to develop a clear work and communication plan.
  • Planners should use the most up-to-date mapping as part of their office / pre-work review.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Chris Vukovic (250) 468-6826

File attachments
Safety Alert_BlastingCloseCall_Island_Timberlands_April_25-2018.pdf

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