Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

June 6, 2022

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: Fatal
Core Activity: Steel frame erection / Industrial, commercial, institutional or highrise residential contracting or construction
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2022-May
At a construction site where ironwork was being completed, an ironworker fell about 60 feet to grade.
Injury Type: Temporary loss of consciousness, laceration
Core Activity: Concrete reinforcing
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2022-May
A worker was using a 5-ton gantry crane to lift a bundle of reinforcing bar (rebar). The bundle was lifted a few inches off the ground so dunnage could be placed beneath the load. As the dunnage was being placed, the bundle fell and dunnage struck the worker.
Injury Type: Laceration, soft tissue injuries
Core Activity: House or other wood frame renovation work
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2022-May
A worker was on a ladder, trimming a small piece of sheet metal roofing material at the eave of the lower roof of a residence. The ladder tipped over and the worker fell about 12 feet to grade.
Injury Type: Injury to leg
Core Activity: Structural concrete forming / Crane operation / Industrial, commercial, institutional, or highrise residential contracting or construction
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2022-May
A worker was landing a load of reinforcing steel (rebar) flown in by a tower crane. As it came to rest on dunnage, the load shifted and the dunnage struck the worker.
Injury Type: Soft tissue injuries
Core Activity: Excavation operation
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2022-May
A worker entered an excavation to reshore an undermined brick facade on the exterior of a residence. While they were working, the facade collapsed into the excavation, pinning the worker. The worker was extricated by emergency services and taken to hospital.
Injury Type: Bruising (1 worker)
Core Activity: Concrete pumping / Industrial, commercial, institutional, or highrise residential contracting or construction
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2022-May
While pumping concrete, a concrete pump truck tipped to one side, coming to rest against a concrete column. A worker in the area was injured.
Injury Type: Injuries to legs
Core Activity: Power pole, powerline, or transmission line installation, service, or repair
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2022-May
A lift truck became stuck in pea gravel 6 hours after work ended. Two individuals tried to use a large pickup truck to extricate the lift truck by connecting a pull strap and pulling at a 45-degree angle. The pull strap was connected well above the centre of gravity and the lift truck toppled to one side. The operator became pinned under the overhead protective structure of the lift truck.
Injury Type: Pain (1 worker)
Core Activity: Private landfill or transfer station
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2022-Apr
An explosion occurred in the hopper of a shredder at an industrial waste transfer station. The explosion damaged the shredder and the windows of an excavator loading waste materials. The excavator operator was injured. A small fire in the hopper was put out by a nearby worker using an emergency fire hose.
Injury Type: Soft tissue injuries
Core Activity: Excavation operation
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2022-Apr
A worker was in a trench, connecting an underground water line from the end of a manufactured trench support, when the bucket of an excavator disconnected from the excavator boom and rolled onto the worker.