December 2018 work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

December 20, 2018

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

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Injury Type: Fatal
Core Activity: House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2018-Dec
A worker fell 10 feet through an unguarded stair opening to a concrete slab below. The worker later succumbed to the injuries.
Injury Type: Fractured ankle, fractured finger
Core Activity: Low slope roofing
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2018-Dec
A worker accessed a frost-covered, second-floor, low sloped roof from a window opening. While walking across the roof to a lader used to access a third-floor roof, the worker slipped and fell about 22 feet to grade.
Injury Type: Electric shock
Core Activity: House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2018-Dec
While holding a bull float with two 6-foot extensions attached, a worker received an electric shock from an adjacent high-voltage power line.
Injury Type: Fatal
Core Activity: House or other wood frame contracting, construction or renovation work / Framing or residential forming / Modular or prefabricated building manufacture
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Nov
A tower crane was hoisting a prefabricated wall panel (6 by 10 feet with 5/8 inch oriented strand board sheeting) for installation on the fourth floor of a four-storey multi-unit structure. The panel fell 40 feet, striking a worker below.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Concrete reinforcing / Industrial, commercial, institutional or highrise residential contracting or construction
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Nov
During the erection of prefabricated rebar cages, one of the cages became unstable and multiple cages partially collapsed. Four workers were working from the cages at the time of the incident. No injuries were reported.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Pier, wharf, or dry dock construction or repair
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2018-Nov
A dozer log boom boat capsized and sank while transporting a 1200-foot spool of wire rope from shore. No workers were injured.
Injury Type: Fractured vertebra
Core Activity: Framing or residential forming
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Nov
A wooden wall (9 feet 4 inches by 9 feet 2 inches) fell over, striking a young worker. The worker was evacuated from the building by dedicated emergency platform (DEP), then transported to hospital by ambulance.
Injury Type: Lacerations to upper body
Core Activity: Fire and flood restoration
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Nov
A worker was standing on a roadway, guiding the driver of a 1-ton truck that was backing out of a driveway. The worker was struck by a vehicle travelling about 50 kilometres per hour.
Injury Type: Temporary loss of consciousness, soft tissue injuries (1 worker)
Core Activity: Welding services or ornamental metal installation
Location: Northern B.C.
Date of Incident: 2018-Nov
While a worker was adjusting welding cables, the controls for an articulating-boom-supported work platform were inadvertently manipulated, and the worker was pinned against an overhead structural beam. The worker lost consciousness and was spotted by a worker on the ground who initiated rescue using the work platform’s ground controls.
Injury Type: Soft tissue injuries, bruising (1 worker)
Core Activity: Paving services or asphalt manufacture
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Nov
A worker operating a small-drum asphalt roller drove over a metal fence panel foot, which resulted in a fence panel falling and pinning the operator’s arm against the panel. As a second worker attempted to move the fence panel off the operator’s arm, the machine switched into drive mode and ran over the second worker.
Injury Type: Concussion, head laceration
Core Activity: Plumbing, heating, vent, residential air conditioning, or central vacuum system installation or repair
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2018-Nov
A worker was on a stepladder to install an elevated cooling compressor, at a height of about 9 feet, when worker fell to the concrete floor.
Injury Type: Bruising
Core Activity: Drywalling or acoustic board installation
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Nov
A young worker fell about 4 feet from a baker’s scaffold and landed on a space heater on the floor.
Injury Type: Electrical burns
Core Activity: Water well, foundational, or directional drilling
Location: Northern B.C.
Date of Incident: 2018-Nov
A mobile drilling rig was being set up to drill foundation holes. As the rig’s derrick was raised near an overhead 25 kV power line, an electric arc occurred. A worker holding a winch line from the rig received a shock.
Injury Type: Injuries to head, upper body fracture
Core Activity: Framing or residential forming
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Nov
A worker was installing roof trusses from an aluminum ladder and fell, landing on a demolition hammer head.
Injury Type: Arm fractures
Core Activity: Concrete reinforcing / Industrial, commercial, institutional, or highrise residential contracting or construction
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Nov
A tower crane was flying a pallet containing bags of concrete into a work area. The load contacted one of three recently erected structural steel columns (6 by 8 inches by 34 feet 8 inches long). Two of the columns fell and one of them struck a nearby worker.
Injury Type: Lacerated finger and arm
Core Activity: Framing or residential forming
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Nov
A young worker was using a circular saw to cut lumber in a new residential structure when the energized saw blade contacted the worker.
Injury Type: Fractured ankle, soft tissue injury
Core Activity: Road construction / Traffic control
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Nov
A traffic control person was directing traffic when an excavator backed up and struck the worker.
Injury Type: Injuries to head
Core Activity: Overhead door installation
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Oct
A young worker was struck on the head while tightening the coil spring of an overhead garage door (16 by 8 feet) being installed at a new house construction site.
Injury Type: Undetermined injury to head
Core Activity: Painting or wallpapering
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Sep
While painting from a stepladder on the second level of a scaffold system, a worker fell about 14 feet to the concrete below.
Injury Type: Undetermined injuries
Core Activity: Plumbing, heating, vent, residential air conditioning, or central vacuum system installation or repair
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Sep
While working alone performing plumbing duties, a worker fell into a manhole head-first, landing in three feet of water. The worker self-rescued.