August 2019 work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

September 5, 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: Close call
Core Activity: Electrical work
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-Aug
After loading a utility pole using a truck-mounted derrick boom, the truck’s operator drove away with the boom still raised. The boom struck overhead 25 kV energized power lines. The operator remained in the vehicle until the power line circuit was grounded and confirmed by the utility owner.
Injury Type: Injury to upper body
Core Activity: Excavation operation
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-Aug
A worker was using a concrete cut-off saw on a section of pre-cast concrete drain trough. The saw became bound and kicked back, striking the worker.
Injury Type: Fatal
Core Activity: Excavation operation
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-Aug
An articulating rock truck left a loading area before loading was complete and travelled about 200 metres down a haul road (10 percent grade). The truck left the road and collided with a tree. The operator of the truck was fatally injured.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Blasting or avalanche control
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-Aug
During a blasting operation, uncontrolled fly rock was propelled about 120 metres out of the blast area, landing on a roadway and in the yards of occupied houses. No injuries or property damage was reported.
Injury Type: Lower body fractures
Core Activity: Steep slope roofing
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-Aug
A worker was removing toe boards and cleaning a newly installed tile roof. The worker slipped on some water and fell about 14 feet to grade.
Injury Type: Injury to head
Core Activity: Asbestos abatement or mould remediation
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2019-Aug
A worker standing on a stepladder was reaching to access an item from a shelf and fell from the ladder to the concrete floor.
Injury Type: Fractured vertebra
Core Activity: Drywalling or acoustic board installation
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-Aug
While climbing down from a baker’s scaffold, a worker lost his grip and fell to the concrete floor below.