Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

June 23, 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: Lacerated arm, undetermined injuries (1 worker)
Core Activity: Renovation work – exterior industrial, commercial, industrial, or highrise residential
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2022-Jun
As a worker was using a rope access system to perform repair work on the exterior of a building, the worker experienced a swing fall and struck a window. Another worker helped lower the worker to a landing.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Excavation operation
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2022-Jun
While lifting a tow-behind compressor, an excavator upended. The arm of the excavator struck the compressor, leaving the excavator tipped onto a single track and partially supported by the arm of the excavator.
Injury Type: Abrasion to upper body
Core Activity: Excavation operation / Industrial, commercial, institutional or highrise residential contracting or construction
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2022-Jun
While conducting work in a bulk excavation, the operator of an excavator tried to manoeuvre around a rock embedded in the soil bench they were working from. The bench collapsed, resulting in the excavator tipping onto its side. The operator, who was wearing a seat belt, was not seriously injured.
Injury Type: Fractured wrist, back pain
Core Activity: Low slope roofing
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2022-Jun
A worker was working on a flat roof of a two-storey building. The worker lifted a piece of plywood and fell through a hole, falling about 12 feet to the second floor.
Injury Type: Fatal (1 worker); Undetermined injuries (2 workers)
Core Activity: Commercial refrigeration work / Crane operation / Ice manufacture
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2022-May
Three workers were injured as a result of exposure to ammonia from a leak. The workers were transported to hospital for treatment. One worker succumbed to their injuries.
Injury Type: Injury to back
Core Activity: House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2022-May
A worker was engaged in framing work on a roof with a slope of 12:12. They disconnected from their fall protection anchor to move onto an elevated work platform that had been used to access the roof. The worker lost their footing, slid down the roof, and fell about 30 feet to hard-packed ground.
Injury Type: Injuries to hand
Core Activity: Overhead door installation
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2022-May
A worker working on a commercial garage door had their hand on a drive pipe (torsion bar) when the bar unexpectedly spun counter-clockwise, injuring the worker’s hand.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Excavation operation
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2022-May
While exposing a gas line, an excavator contacted an underground 2-inch gas line, resulting in a gas leak. The work area and adjacent building (under construction) were evacuated. The utility owner attended the site to shut off the gas and repair the line.
Injury Type: Injuries to upper body
Core Activity: Low slope roofing / House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2022-May
While applying torch-on roofing on a low slope roof of a two-storey building, a worker fell about 8 feet from the roof to a patio, striking a granite surface on the way down.