The charges filed against Aurora Geosciences Ltd. by the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board, for the most part, are unfair and over the top.
It was truly a tragic death and all of us in the exploration industry, and others who choose to work in the wilderness, feel deeply about the loss of a co-worker.
The workers’ compensation slogan “All injuries are preventable” is simply not true.
We can all work to reduce, minimize and try and prevent accidents and work-related injuries, but the truth is we are part of the human race and the planet Earth is not an “injury-free zone.”
The only way that the slogan “all injuries are preventable” could be considered the truth, is if we all stayed home and did no work of any kind.
A sow grizzly with her adrenalin up can cover five metres in less than a second. If another person had been there with a “round in the chamber” and the rifle aimed at her den, it is questionable whether or not anyone would have survived.
This letter is written in support of Aurora Geosciences Ltd. by an independent prospector with over 30 years working in the bush.