Recent Field Incidents
Through my role supporting field safety efforts across UC this year, I've heard about slips and trips, heat stroke, sprained ankles, a hurt shoulder, tick bites, bee stings, a snake bite, a mugging attack, and a close call when a researcher suffered a head injury from unstable monitoring equipment installed at height. Fortunately, individuals are recovering, partly because experienced field researchers and staff managed the incidents well. By reporting and reviewing incidents among your field teams, departments, and with campus staff, lessons learned can benefit a broader group and help improve our operations. As I was reminded in the new Star Wars film, "Failure is the greatest teacher." We all recognize that injuries happen when working outdoors in uncontrolled environments but want to strive toward being prepared, making safe decisions in the field, and minimizing the negative consequences when incidents occur.