Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

October 12, 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: Injuries to upper body
Core Activity: Low slope roofing
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2021-Sep
A worker was descending from a 4:12 sloped roof, at a height of about 8 feet above grade, when the worker fell and landed on the ground below.
Injury Type: Fatal (1 worker); Fractures (1 worker)
Core Activity: Traffic control / Paving services or asphalt manufacture
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2021-Sep
A passenger car travelling through a highway construction zone struck two members of the road construction crew.
Injury Type: Head injury, undetermined injuries
Core Activity: Structural concrete forming
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2021-Sep
A worker was on a ladder, assembling a walkway on forms in preparation for a concrete pour. The worker fell about 7 feet to the ground.
Injury Type: Bruising and swelling
Core Activity: Traffic control / House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2021-Sep
During traffic control on a municipal roadway, a motor vehicle driven by a member of the public ran over a flagger’s foot.
Injury Type: Fractured leg (1 worker)
Core Activity: Paving services or asphalt manufacture
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2021-Sep
As a worker at a highway paving project was shovelling asphalt into the bucket on a skid-steer loader, the loader’s operator inadvertently actuated the controls, causing the loader to move ahead. The bucket struck the worker, pinning one of their legs against a raised curb on the road surface.
Injury Type: Lacerated hand
Core Activity: Deck, railing, or fence installation / Framing or residential forming / House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2021-Aug
As a worker was positioning a 16-foot-long joist to install it, it slipped. One of the worker’s hands was caught between the joist and a metal joist hanger.