Safety Moment - "Injury denial affects outcomes" says Vernon Search and Rescue team lead (No Harm Podcast Episode 13)

In episode 13 of the No Harm Health and Safety Podcast, I return to Vernon, British Columbia to talk to Jeremy Vandekerkhove from the Vernon Search and Rescue Helicopter Winch Team.

As you may recall from episode 11, this group provides services not only in recreational situations such as hunting, fishing and dirt biking ... they also provide important services to industrial locations like forestry, mining and the oil patch. When a ground ambulance can't get access to a remote accident scene, the Vernon Search and Rescue team flies into action. They can get critically ill or injured patients to hospital in as little as 15 - 20 minutes instead of the more typical 3 - 4 hours. Obviously, this can have a dramatic impact on patient outcomes.

But there's a human factor that can have a big impact on these outcomes: injury denial. Jeremy explains how some people can become seriously injured, and perhaps with misplaced optimism, hope things aren't so bad and the pain will just go away. By the time emergency services are contacted, the rescue mission can be complicated by bad weather, lack of daylight or other factors.

We hope you will consider using this episode as inspiration for a safety moment within your organization, where you may want to talk about injury denial at one of your toolbox talks or staff meetings. You can paraphrase what you learn here, or simply play this episode during your meeting.

No Harm is the health and safety podcast for HSE professionals. We explore issues and initiatives to help you sharpen your professional skills and better understand emerging issues. If you would like to suggest a corporate health and safety topic for the No Harm podcast, you can send a message to Marvin on LinkedIn . We're also interested in any personal stories about incidents and lessons learned on the job and elsewhere. By sharing these stories, we can all influence safer work places worldwide.

You can subscribe to the No Harm Podcast for free on iTunesSoundCloud or the podcast app on your mobile device. Just search for: No Harm Podcast.

The No Harm Health and Safety Podcast is a production of Stimulant Strategies and Productions. You can learn more about Stimulant at

All the best, everyone. And stay safe.

Marvin Polis