December / January Work Related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC

Injury: Lacerated arm

Core Activity: Electrical work

Location: Lower Mainland

Date of Incident: 2016-Jan

ID Number: 2016157560002

An electrician was severely cut by the utility knife he was using to strip hard plastic wire sheathing from the termination areas of a wire.

Injury: Fractured leg, lacerated hand

Core Activity: Electrical work

Location: Lower Mainland

Date of Incident: 2016-Jan

ID Number: 2016178110002

Four workers were moving an MCC (motor control centre) unit weighing about 1,200 pounds to install it in an electrical room. One of the skates detached from the MCC unit and the unit fell to one side and contacted the ground. The other side of the unit then struck and landed on a young worker.

Injury: Fatal

Core Activity: Steep slope roofing

Location: Lower Mainland

Date of Incident: 2015-Dec

ID Number: 2015165810152

While performing work at a height, a roofer fell, landing in the window well below.

Injury: Close call

Core Activity: Concrete reinforcing

Location: Lower Mainland

Date of Incident: 2015-Dec

ID Number: 2015161950118

A worker threw a rope tagline, about 20 feet long, from the third level of a building under construction to a second worker at grade level. The rope became tangled on energized low-voltage (240 volts) power lines. The second worker, while standing on a delivery vehicle, grabbed the wet rope and tried to remove it from the energized power lines. Other workers observed a flash and heard a “pop” noise. The second worker was transported to hospital for assessment and released.

Injury: Fatal (1 worker); undetermined injuries (1 worker)

Core Activity: Overhead door installation

Location: Northern B.C.

Date of Incident: 2015-Dec

ID Number: 2015165800025

A worker experienced an apparent cardiovascular event while driving a motor vehicle for work. The co-worker in the vehicle was able to direct the vehicle off the highway and into the ditch. The worker who had been driving died.

Injury: Fatal (worker); undetermined injuries (non-worker)

Core Activity: House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work

Location: Lower Mainland

Date of Incident: 2015-Dec

ID Number: 2016165370001

A worker was transporting materials from one worksite to another using a pickup truck. The pickup and another vehicle collided head on. The worker driving the pickup died; the driver of the other vehicle was injured.

Injury: Undetermined injuries

Core Activity: Framing or residential forming

Location: Lower Mainland

Date of Incident: 2015-Dec

ID Number: 2015178050005

Four workers were placing a 2×6 framed wall (8.5 feet high, 12.5 feet long) on a concrete curb, preparing to tip it to a vertical position, when the bottom of the wall slipped off the curb. The base of the wall hit the head of a young worker. The worker was wearing a hard hat at the time of the incident.

Injury: Crush injuries to upper body

Core Activity: Concrete pumping

Location: Lower Mainland

Date of Incident: 2015-Dec

ID Number: 2015177720008

A young worker was injured when he fell 7 feet from the top of a concrete wall form.

Injury: Electrical burns; bumps and bruises

Core Activity: Electrical work

Location: Lower Mainland

Date of Incident: 2015-Dec

ID Number: 2015163750132

A young worker was installing pot lights, working from a 6-foot wooden stepladder, when he received an electric shock (347 volts).

Injury: Broken leg, temporary loss of consciousness

Core Activity: Concrete reinforcing

Location: Lower Mainland

Date of Incident: 2015-Dec

ID Number: 2015178000005

A worker was carrying 5 pieces of reinforcing steel (15 mm diameter, 6 m long) weighing about 110 pounds. The worker fell on the same level, sustained a broken leg, and was rendered unconscious when the rebar landed on his head.

Injury: Broken arm, broken leg

Core Activity: Low slope roofing

Location: Lower Mainland

Date of Incident: 2015-Dec

ID Number: 2015174000053

A worker had been repairing the roof of a subdeck. While descending a 40-foot extension ladder, he fell about 15 feet to a concrete surface below.

Injury: Fatal

Core Activity: Insulation work or fireproofing

Location: Interior B.C.

Date of Incident: 2015-Nov

ID Number: 2015156240211

A worker fell 10 feet from the work platform of an elevated scissor lift and landed on the concrete floor below.

Injury: Electrical burns, nerve damage

Core Activity: Framing or residential forming

Location: Interior B.C.

Date of Incident: 2015-Nov

ID Number: 2015157270133

A young worker was unplugging a portable power saw from an extension cord in wet conditions when he received an electric shock. Initially he did not report being injured, but several days later he experienced pain and tingling and reported to medical care for treatment.

Injury: Injury to lower back

Core Activity: Steep slope roofing

Location: Northern B.C.

Date of Incident: 2015-Oct

ID Number: 2015174590037

A young worker was on scaffold, installing siding, when he fell 9 feet to grade.