Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

November 2, 2022

Constrction 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: Fractured arm, bruised ribs
Core Activity: Concrete placing, finishing, surfacing, or repair / Industrial, commercial, institutional, or highrise residential contracting or construction
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2022-Oct
A 600-pound gang panel was being lowered by a telehandler when it detached from its chain hook and struck a worker.
Injury Type: Undetermined injuries
Core Activity: Concrete reinforcing / Crane operation
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2022-Oct
A crane landed a multi-length load of rebar onto some metal stands on a suspended slab. The crane hook then snagged one of the metal stands, and the metal stand and load of rebar tipped over, striking a worker.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Private landfill or transfer station operation
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2022-Oct
A fire occurred in a pile of waste materials. The fire department attended to extinguish the fire. Two days later a second fire occurred in the same pile of waste materials and the fire department again responded to extinguish the fire.
Injury Type: Fractured leg
Core Activity: Paving services
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2022-Oct
A tandem drum roller rolled onto its side while compacting fresh asphalt on a sidewalk. The operator was pinned beneath the machine.
Injury Type: Undetermined injuries
Core Activity: Steep slope roofing
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2022-Oct
While performing re-roofing activities, a worker fell off the roof, struck a fence, and landed in the neighbouring yard. The fall was about 12 feet.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Blasting / Excavation operation
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2022-Oct
Fly material escaped from a planned blast at a construction site near an RV park. Several inhabited temporary domiciles were struck by the material.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Industrial, commercial, institutional, or highrise residential contracting or construction
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2022-Oct
A metal post shore fell from the 25th floor of a highrise under construction, landing in the personnel lift enclosure area at ground level.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Excavation operation / House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2022-Oct
At a multi-unit residential construction site, an excavator damaged an underground gas line, resulting in the release of natural gas. The site was evacuated and the gas line was repaired.
Injury Type: Fractures, suspected concussion
Core Activity: Excavation, or private landfill or transfer station operation
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2022-Oct
A worker was pulling the pin on the steel bar latch for the rear doors of an end-dump trailer in preparation for dumping a load of logs and brush. The doors were under pressure. When the latch released, it swung open with force and struck the worker.
Injury Type: Electrical burns
Core Activity: Electrical work / Industrial, commercial, institutional, or highrise residential contracting or construction
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2022-Oct
A worker was removing the cover of an energized 120-volt junction box when an electric arc occurred.
Injury Type: Fractured leg
Core Activity: Heavy construction
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2022-Oct
A worker was lifting an 800-pound gantry jump rail with a manual chain hoist when the rigging failed and the gantry jump rail struck the worker.