October 2018 Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

November 1, 2018

These summaries of selected work-related Construction incidents recently reported to WorkSafeBC may help you to prevent similar incidents.

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Injury Type: Burns

Core Activity: Window or glass installation, replacement, or repair
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Oct ID Number: 2018157450046
While cutting laminate glass, a worker was exposed to a flash fire.

Injury Type: Undetermined injuries

Core Activity: Framing or residential forming
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Oct ID Number: 2018182500010
Two workers were working on a single-pole scaffold inside a partially built garage. One of the workers was hammering a nail in a beam on the scaffold and lost control of the hammer. The other worker (a young worker) was struck by the hammer and fell off the scaffold.

Injury Type: Burns

Core Activity: Plumbing, heating, vent, residential air conditioning, or central vacuum system installation or repair
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Oct ID Number: 2018157450041
A worker unbolting the cover of a control panel was exposed to a flash fire. The fire occurred near an air intake filter of a propane-air mixing unit.

Injury Type: Fatal

Core Activity: Painting or wallpapering
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Sep ID Number: 2018122120019
A worker on an extension ladder was painting the trim inside a restaurant that was undergoing renovation. The worker fell 4 to 5 feet to the concrete floor.

Injury Type: Injury to hand

Core Activity: Masonry
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Sep ID Number: 2018178740010
A worker was using an angle grinder with a steel cutting disc to cut decorative stone for the exterior of a house. The worker’s hand came into contact with the cutting disc.

Injury Type: Burns

Core Activity: Decking application or waterproofing
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Sep ID Number: 2018184480005
A worker was using a propane torch to dry the plywood surface of an unfinished balcony on a second-floor apartment. In an adjacent unventilated room, contact cement adhesive was applied to vinyl sheet flooring and was left to dry. Vapours from the adhesive ignited, injuring the worker.

Injury Type: Exposure to hazardous substance (1 worker)

Core Activity: Industrial, commercial, institutional or highrise residential contracting or construction
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Sep ID Number: 2018174000113
A worker entered an unventilated concrete pre-cast chamber (about 30 feet deep) to apply primer paint. Another worker later found the first worker unresponsive at the bottom of the chamber, and immediately contacted emergency services. The fire department conducted a rescue.