March Work Related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC

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: Close call

Core Activity: Excavation operation
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Mar ID Number: 2018178050004
While workers were back-filling soil material in an excavation adjacent to an underground high-voltage utility line, the top edge of the excavation collapsed onto and broke the protective conduit sleeve covering the high-voltage line.

Injury Type: Fatal

Core Activity: Steep slope roofing
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2018-Mar ID Number: 2018158880003
A roofer was found deceased below a steep sloped roof at a new residential construction site.

Injury Type: Fatal

Core Activity: Building demolition
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Mar ID Number: 2018178110006
An excavator was carrying a spare bucket inside an attached bucket while transporting a rigged load of 2x4s. The spare bucket fell out of the attached bucket and struck a worker.

Injury Type: Multiple fractures

Core Activity: Excavation operation
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2018-Mar ID Number: 2018173340002
During land-clearing activities, a dangerous tree (about 6 inches in diameter, 30 feet tall) fell onto a worker.

Injury Type: Undetermined injuries

Core Activity: Siding, awning, or gutter installation, service, or repair
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Mar ID Number: 2018180140007
While cleaning plywood deck sheeting in preparation for vinyl membrane application, a worker fell about 10 feet to grade and lost consciousness.

Injury Type: Multiple fractures

Core Activity: Framing or residential forming
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2018-Mar ID Number: 2018163500011
A young worker fell 20 feet from a sloped roof at a residential construction site.

Injury Type: Concussion

Core Activity: Traffic control
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2018-Feb ID Number: 2018160850002
A driver (non-worker) in a vehicle threw an unopened can of beer at a traffic control person (TCP). The can struck the TCP, knocking off the TCP’s hard hat and safety glasses.