Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

July 14, 2021

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, laceration
Core Activity: Electrical work
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2021-Jun
A worker was feeding wire through PVC pipe in the attic of a barn when they inadvertently stepped through the open attic access hatch. The worker fell 12 feet and landed on a concrete floor.
Injury Type: Burns
Core Activity: Electrical work
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2021-Jun
A worker received an electric shock (240 volts) while changing a 60-amp breaker.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Structural concrete forming
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2021-Jun
Concrete was being poured for a suspended slab about 18 feet above the ground. The falsework failed and a forming panel shifted, allowing about 4 cubic metres of concrete to fall to the ground.
Injury Type: Fractured leg
Core Activity: Concrete reinforcing / Earth and rock filled structure construction / Electric utilities
Location: Northern B.C.
Date of Incident: 2021-Jun
A worker on a construction site accessed a vertical reinforcing wall and fell about 4 feet to grade below.
Injury Type: Soft tissue injuries
Core Activity: Road construction
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2021-Jun
A tracked excavator on a temporary road was lifting and placing a large blasting mat (weighing about 8,000 pounds). The excavator became unstable, rolled over, and then went down a slope of about 45 degrees. It came to rest on the frontage road about 45 feet below where it had been operating. The operator was wearing a seat belt and the excavator was fitted with a rollover protection system (ROPS). The worker self-extricated from the equipment.
Injury Type: Injury to leg
Core Activity: Earth and rock filled structure construction / Electric utilities
Location: Northern B.C.
Date of Incident: 2021-Jun
As a worker was performing maintenance activities on mobile equipment at a construction site, the equipment shifted and pinned one of the worker’s legs.
Injury Type: Abrasions, lacerations
Core Activity: Road construction / Excavator operation
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2021-Jun
The operator of a skid-steer loader shut off the machine to make a phone call. With the operator still in the cab, the loader then rolled uncontrolled down a driveway (15 degree incline), continued across a major arterial roadway, became airborne after hitting a curb, and landed on a grassy slope (40 to 45 degrees). The loader then continued downhill another 30 feet, dropped over a concrete retaining wall (5 feet high), struck a paved laneway, and crashed into the garage of a townhome.
Injury Type: Injuries to upper body
Core Activity: Low slope roofing
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2021-May
A worker engaged in roofing activities was injured when they fell about 14 feet to grade. The worker was wearing a fall protection harness but wasn’t connected to a lifeline.
Injury Type: Suspected fracture of arm
Core Activity: Low slope roofing
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2021-May
A roofing worker completed initial ladder set-up for access to a 5:12 sloped roof and began climbing the ladder. The ladder, which had been set up on mossy, soft ground, slipped out at its base, causing the worker to fall about 8 feet to the ground.
Injury Type: Lacerations, bruising
Core Activity: Water well, foundational, or directional drilling
Location: Northern B.C.
Date of Incident: 2021-Apr
As the derrick on a water-well drilling rig at an oil and gas site was being lowered, a break-out tong that was on the wrong side bound up, sprang out, and struck a worker.