Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

June 17, 2019

These summaries of selected Construction work-related incidents recently reported to WorkSafeBC may help you to prevent similar incidents.

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Injury Type: Soft tissue injury
Core Activity: Structural concrete forming
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-Jun
A young worker was sacking a concrete wall from the fly section of a ladder. The ladder had had the base section removed and was set up on a smooth finished concrete slab. The fly section of the ladder slipped on the smooth finished concrete, and the worker lost balance and fell about 5 feet to the concrete slab below.
Injury Type: Facial injuries
Core Activity: Framing or residential forming
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2019-Jun
A worker stripping overhead formwork slipped off a scaffold frame and landed on a rebar dowel.
Injury Type: Fatal
Core Activity: Plumbing, heating, vent, residential air conditioning, or central vacuum system installation or repair.
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2019-May
A worker was descending a concrete stairway about 8 feet wide. The worker became unstable, fell forward, and struck the concrete landing. The worker later succumbed to the injuries.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Window or glass installation, replacement, or repair
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2019-May
Workers were removing a glass window (4 by 8 feet) on the 16th floor of a building. Two workers were on a swing stage and four workers were inside. Part of the window shattered. Most of the glass landed on the swing stage, and the rest fell onto an awning below and sidewalk at grade. No injuries were reported.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Excavation operation
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-May
While workers were exposing a 2-inch natural gas line, the line was punctured, resulting in a release of natural gas.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Excavation operation
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-May
Workers were conducting an underground utility tie-in task. While excavating, a water main was ruptured, resulting in a major release of water.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Crane operation / House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-May
During de-rigging, the load line from a tower crane snapped and fell more than 100 feet onto a 14.4 kV power line. Workers were working in close proximity to the area where crane’s load line came down. No injuries were reported.
Injury Type: Fractured arm (1 worker)
Core Activity: Electrical work
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-May
A worker was inside a metal cage that had been placed on the forks of a lift truck and raised about 12 feet for the worker to change a light bulb. The cage became unstable and fell off the forks, resulting in the worker sustaining injuries.
Injury Type: Temporary loss of consciousness, soft tissue injury
Core Activity: Earth and rock filled structure construction
Location: Northern B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-May
A worker was engaged in spotting the movement of equipment within a tunnel when a tire ruptured. The worker was knocked unconscious.