December 2018 work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

January 17, 2019

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

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Injury Type: Puncture wound to leg
Core Activity: House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2018-Dec
While framing a gable end on a residential construction project, a worker operating a pneumatic nail gun inadvertently discharged a nail (3 1/4 inches) into his leg.
Injury Type: Head injury
Core Activity: Structural concrete forming / House or other wood frame contracting, construction or renovation work
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Dec
A worker on a straight aluminum ladder fell about 6 feet to the concrete slab below.
Injury Type: Lower body fractures
Core Activity: Drywalling or acoustic board installation / Industrial, commercial, institutional or highrise residential contracting or construction
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Dec
A worker inspecting the walls of a site prior to insulation being applied went under a barrier and fell through a duct opening.
Injury Type: Electric shock
Core Activity: Electrical work
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Dec
A young worker removing wire from the conduit of a disconnected light fixture received an electric shock from a 347-volt single-phase feed.
Injury Type: Injury to back, bruising (1 worker)
Core Activity: Painting or wallpapering
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Dec
A worker was halfway up a 12-foot ladder, painting an outside wall near a garage door. Another worker opened the garage door, and a recreational vehicle that was in for repair backed out and struck the ladder. The first worker fell to grade.
Injury Type: Puncture wound to leg
Core Activity: Steep slope roofing
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Nov
While installing asphalt shingles on a four-storey apartment building, a worker inadvertently discharged a roofing nail (1 1/4 inches) from a pneumatic nail gun into his leg.