Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

January 13, 2021

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: Close call
Core Activity: Excavator operation / Building demolition
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2020-Dec
A tree was being pushed over by an excavator when the tree broke. The upper portion of the tree struck and pulled an energized 14.4 kV line to the ground.
Injury Type: Lacerations, possible lower body fracture
Core Activity: Industrial, commercial, institutional, or highrise residential contracting or construction
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2020-Dec
A worker was using a rolling scaffold system to remove ceiling tile and T-bar grid. The work platform was about 7 feet above a concrete floor when the worker fell, striking the ground.
Injury Type: Injuries to upper body
Core Activity: Insulation work or fireproofing
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2020-Dec
As a young worker was using an insulation blower, one of the worker’s arms contacted and became entangled around a rotating auger inside a hopper. The worker was extricated by emergency services, then transported to hospital.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Industrial, commercial, institutional, or highrise residential contracting or construction
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2020-Dec
During a high wind event, an exterior masonry wall (9 feet high) collapsed inward during the construction of the fourth floor of a mixed-use project. No workers were near the wall at the time. The wall had not yet been filled with concrete but had been braced. The collapse damaged components of the floor structure it struck, but it did not affect the roof of the building about 30 feet directly below the other side of the wall. Assessment and stabilization was done with the instructions of a professional engineer immediately after the incident.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Crane operation / Structural concrete forming
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2020-Dec
A tower crane was lifting a pallet-load of concrete paving slabs (about 2,600 pounds). The pallet contacted a balcony, causing a metal banding strap securing the load to the pallet to snap. The load landed on the asphalt roadway below and damaged the nearby construction fencing.
Injury Type: Undetermined injuries
Core Activity: Structural concrete forming
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2020-Dec
A 20-foot-long wooden bulkhead, fitted to a formwork section, detached while being flown (hoisted) by a crane. The bulkhead fell and struck a young worker below. The form had not been secured with the necessary clamps.
Injury Type: Multiple fractures
Core Activity: House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2020-Dec
While exiting a ground floor window of a house under construction, a worker dislodged a stack of 8 to 10 sheets of drywall. The sheets fell onto the worker’s lower body.
Injury Type: Injuries to head, other undetermined injuries
Core Activity: Framing or residential forming
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2020-Dec
While placing roof joists, a worker fell 15 feet from a scaffolding platform to rocky ground below. There were no guardrails on the scaffolding and no other fall protection system was in use.
Injury Type: Injury to eye
Core Activity: Framing or residential forming
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2020-Dec
A worker was removing nails from a wall panel when a nail struck the worker.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Steel frame erection or structural repair of steel frames / Scaffolding rental and installation
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2020-Dec
A worker was unfurling a hoisting cable from a motor attached to the underside of a movable work platform (centre traveller) when the hoisting cable contacted an energized high-voltage (12.5 kV) line underneath the work area. The workers in the work platform were able to safety evacuate. The utility owner attended the scene and repaired the conductor.
Injury Type: Fractured vertebrae (1 worker)
Core Activity: Construction labour supply
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2020-Dec
At a low-rise construction site, workers were building and standing wall sections on the fourth level of one structure. A section of wall measuring about 14 by 9 feet was stood and placed, but not secured. The entire section fell off the structure, landed edge-on on the asphalt driveway below, and toppled over onto a nearby worker.
Injury Type: Undetermined injures (1 worker)
Core Activity: Excavation operation
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2020-Nov
Workers were completing excavation work and preparing to remove the steel shoring boxes. While a shoring box was being removed, the excavation sloughed in, trapping two workers. One worker self-extricated, but the other could not. Fire rescue services and a vacuum truck were called to remove the material trapping the second worker. The worker was extricated and transported to hospital.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Highway maintenance
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2020-Oct
While fuelling up a plow truck at a commercial cardlock, the driver noticed smoke in the cab. The driver moved the vehicle away from the gas pumps, exited the vehicle, and called 911. The fire department responded and extinguished the fire.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Pile driving / Industrial, commercial, institutional or highrise residential general contracting or construction
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2020-Sep
A crane on a barge was being used to pile drive. The operator was repositioning the crane when the headache ball, weighing about 12,000 pounds, came over the top of the jib and back of the boom, damaging the boom’s lattice members and the crane mast.