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British Columbia is known for its mountainous terrain and stunning landscapes, and while the geography of the province makes for ideal tourist activities, it also presents significant challenges for the industries working in these rugged landscapes. Construction and remote work sites are very common throughout the province, with these worksites possessing unique challenges not faced by worksites in metropolitan settings.
These sites are physically isolated from nearby cities and towns, making them far removed from public service providers, such as hospitals and other emergency services. Given their remote location, most sites also face harsh weather and terrain conditions. The added unpredictability of turbulent weather conditions and potentially unstable terrain movement pose a significant threat to company resources, including that of the workforce. Lastly, the use of heavy equipment and large machinery always poses a threat to worker safety. These pieces of equipment are often large and a present constant danger if used improperly.
Taking into consideration all of the risks associated with a remote worksite, perhaps the most significant risk to worker health is the amount of time it takes to access local medical services if an accident occurs. Immediate access to medical services is critical, especially for high-risk work environments. A strategic way to mitigate these risks is to have on-site medical facilities with trained medical staff available in the event of an emergency. These units are known as Mobile Medical Units and are present on a variety of remote sites across the province.
A Mobile Medical Unit is a portable on-site medical facility that is designed to travel to high-risk remote worksites. These units are stationed on site to provide immediate treatment for any medical emergencies that may occur on site. The units are equipped with certified first-aid supplies and emergency response equipment.
Under the BC Workers Compensation Act, on-site stationary medical facilities, such as Mobile Medical Units, are required at any remote and/or high-risk work site including:
Our Mobile Medical Units are maintained and operated in accordance with the general requirements of the BC Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulations. These units are easy to move in and out of remote areas, as they are mounted on trucks equipped with four-wheel drive technology and certified rollover protection, which allows safe access through harsh terrain. The Mobile Medical Units are outfitted for minor treatments and come with Occupational First Aid (OFA) Level 3 medical staff, who are able to respond immediately should any medical or emergency incident occur. The units are also equipped with the proper resources and equipment, to allow our crews to be flexible and adaptable when needed including:
We have three Mobile Medical Units in our fleet, which vary between ½ ton and ¾ ton trucks. Each unit has the capacity for one patient and one attendant, and all units follow Occupational Health and Safety guidelines.
Our Emergency Transport vehicles are outfitted to transport patients to BC Ambulance access (road or air access). Our trucks are equipped with four-wheel technology to allow us access to harsh terrain and are certified rollover protected. These units are easy to move in and out of remote areas and are equipped with the proper resources and equipment to allow our crews to be flexible and adaptable when needed. Our Emergency Transport vehicles possess advanced communication equipment to ensure safety compliance in remote locations, including cellular phones, GPS systems and handheld radios.
If you already possess a mobile unit of your own but need trained medical staff we have you covered. Our trained medical professionals and our EMR staff are available for contract.
Our contract crews are capable of providing surveillance and protocol management. In addition, these crews can create a personnel manifest, emergency response plans (ERP’s), hazard assessments and can complete two-hour safety checks where needed.
Not only can our crews help you meet health and safety requirements, but having our medical services on site allows for fewer site interruptions, keeping your workers where they need to be.
Having our professionally trained crews on-site means you will have immediate medical attention should any work-site incidents occur. During times of medical emergency, every minute counts.
Hiring our services can also ultimately provide cost savings throughout the overall project lifespan.