July work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

July 31, 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: Puncture wound (1 worker)
Core Activity: Framing or residential forming
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2019-Jul
A worker was framing a wood frame wall using an air nailer. The worker took a step back and inadvertently bumped into a second worker. The air nailer contacted and released a 3-inch nail into the second worker.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Gas fireplace installation or service
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2019-Jul
Two workers were on the roof of a 5-storey apartment building, installing a vent pipe to connect to a gas fireplace that had been replaced in a second-floor suite. About 15 minutes after the pipe had been installed, an explosion occurred on the third and fourth floors directly above the fireplace. No injuries were reported.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Oil or gas pipeline construction or repair
Location: Northern B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-Jul
A certified crane operator was operating a folding-boom, truck-mounted crane using a remote control. As the load (13,100 pounds) was lifted, the crane truck overturned and came to rest on the driver’s side. Not all of the unit’s outriggers had been deployed (which the manufacturer’s instructions stated was necessary).
Injury Type: Injuries to head
Core Activity: Industrial, commercial, institutional, or highrise residential contracting or construction
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2019-Jul
A worker was performing building envelope remediation activities at a workplace. The worker was trying to access the first level of frame scaffolding by climbing up the cross-bracing between frames. The worker fell backward and struck the concrete sidewalk below.
Injury Type: Injury to upper body
Core Activity: House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2019-Jul
A worker traversing a single 2×10 wooden plank fell about 12 feet to grade below.
Injury Type: Puncture wounds (2 workers)
Core Activity: Blasting or avalanche control
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-Jul
On an underwater blasting operation, the blaster of record was preparing an electric blast cap while working from a flat-bottomed aluminum skiff (about 12 feet long). An unknown electrical energy source caused the blast cap to initiate prematurely on the deck of the skiff. The blaster of record and another worker were injured by shards of metal from the blast cap.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Excavation operation / House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2019-Jul
An excavator was carrying out remediation work on a trench excavation when a large rock was dislodged and contacted a 2-inch natural gas main, resulting in an uncontrolled release of natural gas into the atmosphere. The utility owner was notified and the gas line was repaired.
Injury Type: Burns (2 workers)
Core Activity: Low slope roofing
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-Jul
Five workers on a flat roof were applying torch-on roofing material using a propane torch system. A fire ensued, and two workers were injured.
Injury Type: Amputation injury to arm
Core Activity: Highway maintenance (routine maintenance of all aspects of a specific section of highway)
Location: Northern B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-Jul
A worker was operating a tractor equipped with an under-body mowing deck to mow grass on a frontage road meridian. The tractor was running perpendicular to the slope when the front wheel of the tractor went into a depression in the ground, causing the tractor to roll over. As the tractor was rolling over, the worker grabbed the underside of the mowing deck and contacted the spinning blade.
Injury Type: Burns
Core Activity: Electrical work
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2019-Jun
A worker was installing electrical cables when one cable slipped out of the worker’s hand and contacted an energized 600-volt bus bar. The worker sustained burns as a result of the arc flash.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Blasting or avalanche control
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2019-May
A blaster was carrying out blasting work activities to break up ten large boulders above grade. The blasts, which occurred on two separate dates, resulted in fly rock leaving the blast area and entering an occupied neighbourhood. No injuries or property damage were reported.