Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

June 16, 2020

Construction related 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: Undetermined injuries (1 worker)
Core Activity: Structural concrete forming
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2020-Jun
A worker on a commercial construction site was walking on the concrete suspended slab formwork that had recently been stripped. A section of the formwork the worker was standing on became unstable, causing it and the worker to fall about 10 feet to the ground below.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Excavation operation
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2020-Jun
Workers were positioning steel plates between a shoring cage and the excavation banks when a section of one excavation bank collapsed.
Injury Type: Fatal
Core Activity: Paving services or asphalt manufacture / Excavation operation
Location: Northern B.C.
Date of Incident: 2020-Jun
A worker was rigging precast concrete structures to be unloaded from a flatbed truck. During the lift, the worker became trapped under the load on the ground. The worker sustained fatal injuries.
Injury Type: Fractured vertebra
Core Activity: Painting or wallpapering / House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2020-Jun
A worker was using a manufactured scaffold while painting inside a new multi-unit residential building under construction. While descending from the scaffold, the worker slipped and fell about 6 feet 6 inches to the ground below.
Injury Type: Lacerations and soft-tissue injuries
Core Activity: Road construction
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2020-Jun
A rock truck drove off the edge of a gravel road and down the 50-foot bank, rolling once and ejecting the driver.
Injury Type: Lacerated leg
Core Activity: Plumbing installation or repair / Structural concrete forming
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2020-May
A young worker beginning plumbing layout on a suspended floor of a residential concrete tower stepped onto a 3 by 1 foot plywood filler that was not supported below. The worker fell through the opening and sustained a laceration.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Scaffolding rental and installation / House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2020-May
As workers were dismantling sections of scaffold, a scaffold plank contacted a 347/600 V power line. The power line arced and energized the scaffold. Workers of two employers were on the scaffolding at the time of the incident. One worker was taken to hospital for assessment but released with no injuries.
Injury Type: Fatal
Core Activity: Siding installation
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2020-May
A worker was using a ladder supported by a manufactured work platform to install exterior siding materials on the fourth level of a new multi-unit residential building. The worker fell about 35 feet to the concrete surface below, sustaining fatal injuries.
Injury Type: Injuries to upper body
Core Activity: Steep slope roofing
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2020-May
A roofer was tearing off an old cedar shingle roof (4:12 pitch). When he stepped onto the shingle strapping, the material broke. The roofer, who was wearing fall protection, dropped into the roofing space and fell. He was struck and injured by the end of a long-handled steel cedar ripper bar he had been using.
Injury Type: Undetermined injuries (1 non-worker)
Core Activity: Excavation, or private landfill or transfer station operation
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2020-May
A worker was operating a mini-excavator positioned atop a raised and slightly sloped sand pad. As the excavator was lowering a concrete sump basin (weighing about 400 pounds), the excavator inadvertently slid sideways and toppled onto its right side, pinning a nearby non-worker under its boom.
Injury Type: Temporary loss of consciousness (1 worker)
Core Activity: Industrial, commercial, institutional, or highrise residential contracting or construction
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2020-May
As a worker was climbing down the end frame of a scaffold system, the worker’s framing hammer dislodged from their tool belt and fell. The hammer fell about 6 feet and struck the hardhat/head of a second worker. The second worker was transported to hospital by emergency services.
Injury Type: Undetermined injury to ankle
Core Activity: Excavator operation
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2020-May
A worker was operating a skid-steer loader with a forklift attachment. As the worker went to exit the operator’s cab, one foot got caught in the load backrest of the forklift attachment. The worker fell to grade below (about 3 feet).
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Industrial, commercial, institutional, or highrise residential contracting or construction
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2020-Apr
An excavator operator was grinding a secant pile wall within a foundation excavation when an uncontrolled ingress of earth and water into the excavation began through a void in the shoring wall. A subsidence cone (sink hole) formed above the void, affecting a live electrical vault and potentially a 6-inch gas line. The work area was evacuated.