Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

December 21, 2020

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: Multiple fractures (1 worker)
Core Activity: Industrial, commercial, institutional, or highrise residential contracting or construction / Low slope roofing
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2020-Nov
A large bundle of roofing insulation panels blew off of the 9th floor of a building under construction and struck a worker at ground level below.
Injury Type: Fractured leg, injury to upper body
Core Activity: Industrial or commercial contracting or construction / Electric utilities
Location: Northern B.C.
Date of Incident: 2020-Nov
While accessing an elevated formwork deck on a construction site, a worker fell 12 metres (40 feet) through an opening to a concrete surface below. The emergency rescue team was activated, and a dedicated emergency platform was used to extract the worker.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Steel frame erection / Industrial or commercial contracting or construction / Electric utilities
Location: Northern B.C.
Date of Incident: 2020-Nov
A worker on a construction site fell while performing steel erection activities. The fall was arrested by a personal fall protection system after the worker free-fell 1.8 m. The worker was attended to by on-site first aid and returned to work with no injuries.
Injury Type: Amputated fingertip
Core Activity: Structural concrete forming
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2020-Nov
A worker was changing the drill bit on a portable hand drill that was plugged in. When the worker engaged the trigger, one gloved hand was caught in the chuck.
Injury Type: Injuries to finger
Core Activity: Oil or gas pipeline construction or repair
Location: Northern B.C.
Date of Incident: 2020-Nov
A worker was injured when the large hose reel they were trying to disconnect unexpectedly dislodged.
Injury Type: Concussion (1 worker)
Core Activity: Land clearing
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2020-Nov
A worker was sectioning down an 80-foot-high maple tree. As the worker was repositioning their working line at a height of 60 feet, a section of a branch was dislodged. The branch struck a worker on the ground and caused them to fall about 20 feet down a side bank.
Injury Type: Injuries to the head and lower body (1 worker)
Core Activity: Asbestos abatement or mould remediation / Industrial, commercial, institutional, or highrise residential contracting or construction
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2020-Nov
While workers were performing demolition activities, a metal grate that a worker was standing on either failed or was dislodged, causing the worker to fall about 12.5 feet to the concrete floor below.
Injury Type: Undetermined injuries
Core Activity: Concrete placing, finishing, surfacing, or repair / Crane operation
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2020-Nov
A worker was struck on the head by a piece of wood dunnage that fell about 35 feet from a load of dimensional lumber being flown overhead by a tower crane.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Concrete pumping
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2020-Nov
A concrete pump truck was setting up for a pour. When the operator extended the boom over the front passenger-side outrigger, the driver’s side of the truck lifted off the ground.
Injury Type: Lower body fracture
Core Activity: Structural concrete forming / House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2020-Nov
A worker was using an aerial work platform to strip formwork. The work area was congested, limiting the mobility of the aerial lift and preventing the operator from reaching the formwork. The operator exited the platform of the aerial lift to extend his reach and fell 15 feet into an open excavation.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Excavator operation
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2020-Nov
An excavator was removing excess material from the top of a 6-inch gas line that had been exposed. The bucket of the excavator contacted and broke off a gas service nipple that was still buried under the excess material, resulting in the release of gas. The fire department attended the scene while the utility owner conducted the repairs.
Injury Type: Undetermined injury to head
Core Activity: Structural concrete forming
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2020-Nov
A worker was assisting a surveyor inside an open excavation. The worker slipped in mud that had accumulated on top of a concrete slab, fell backward, and struck their head.
Injury Type: Sprained ankle 
Core Activity: Siding, awning, or gutter installation, service, or repair / Low slope roofing
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2020-Oct
A worker performing work related to siding and soffits stepped out of a window onto a low-sloped wet metal roof and fell about 6 metres to the concrete below.
Injury Type: Multiple fractures
Core Activity: Fireproofing
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2020-Oct
A worker was on a scaffold applying fire-resistive material to structural steel. The scaffold deck became slippery and the worker fell over the top rail of the scaffold about 12 feet to grade.
Injury Type: Upper body fracture, possible concussion
Core Activity: Painting or wallpapering
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2020-Oct
A young worker was on an extension ladder, 8 to 10 feet above grade, painting trim on a new residential building. The worker fell from the ladder to the wooden deck below.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Excavation operation / House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2020-Sep
Workers were doing cleanup work on a jobsite, using an excavator and a dump truck, when a wall of concrete locking blocks collapsed into the jobsite.