November 2019 Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

December 17, 2019

Construction incident summaries are based on information obtained as soon as possible after the incidents: they are preliminary and subject to change. Details have been edited to protect workers’ privacy.

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Injury Type: Electrical contact (1 worker)
Core Activity: Electrical work
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2019-Dec
Two workers were in an elevated boom lift platform, stringing a tree with Christmas lights. One string of lights contacted an energized 12 kV power line. There was arcing, and sparks from the line started small fires at the base of the tree. One worker in the elevated platform felt the electrical current.
Injury Type: Concussion, soft tissue injuries
Core Activity: Industrial, commercial, institutional, or highrise residential contracting or construction / Concrete reinforcing
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-Nov
A piece of timber (a 6-foot-long 4×6 waler) that formed the upper section of a retaining wall at the top of an open excavation was inadvertently dislodged. The waler fell about 35 feet into the excavation, striking a worker below.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Crane operation / Structural concrete forming
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2019-Nov
The jib tip structure of a lower tower crane swung into the hoisting line of a higher tower crane on an adjacent construction site.
Injury Type: Lacerated leg (1 worker)
Core Activity: Land clearing
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-Nov
Workers were using a chainsaw to clear some brush during the construction of a trail. As one worker was cutting a small alder sapling, the saw kicked back and struck an adjacent worker (a young worker).
Injury Type: Injury to head
Core Activity: Concrete reinforcing
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2019-Nov
A worker installing reinforcing steel fell about 10 feet 9 inches from the formwork deck of a concrete suspended slab. The worker landed on the gravel and the concrete footing below.
Injury Type: Broken leg (1 worker)
Core Activity: House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2019-Nov
Workers were installing roof trusses on a commercial building, at heights more than 6 metres above ground. A worker stood on the top plate of an exterior wall to cut banding from a package of eight trusses. When the banding released, the trusses struck the worker, who then fell to the ground.
Injury Type: Injury to back (1 worker)
Core Activity: Industrial, commercial, institutional, or highrise residential contracting or construction / Excavation operation
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2019-Nov
A rough terrain forklift was being operated on a residential construction site. The operator reversed the machine and inadvertently contacted a bundle of eight temporary fence panels, causing them to fall and land on another worker.