Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

August 16, 2019

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

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Injury Type: Injury to lower body
Core Activity: Painting or wallpapering
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2019-Aug
A worker was performing painting activities on the second floor of a new single-family residence. The worker fell about 11 feet from an unguarded hallway to the first floor.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Crane operation / Industrial, commercial, institutional, or highrise residential contracting or construction
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2019-Aug
A self-erecting crane was lowering a column form into place when it inadvertently lifted and moved the column form. The form contacted a section of shoring scaffolding.
Injury Type: Crush injury to foot (1 worker)
Core Activity: Excavator operation
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2019-Jul
A worker was hooking up a hydraulic hose from a hoe-pack attachment (weighing about 1,500 pounds) of an excavator. The excavator operator adjusted and lowered the attachment for an easier reach for the worker. Because of a lack of pressure in the hose, the attachment, which was not resting on the ground, suddenly dropped and landed on the worker’s foot.
Injury Type: Injuries to upper body (1 worker)
Core Activity: Crane operation / Structural concrete forming / Concrete placing / Concrete reinforcing
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2019-Jul
Workers were placing concrete with a concrete bucket hoisted by a tower crane. A reinforcing bar header was dislodged and struck a worker.
Injury Type: Multiple injuries
Core Activity: Masonry
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2019-Jul
A worker building a masonry wall fell about 8 feet down a ventilation shaft in an underground parkade.
Injury Type: Upper body injuries
Core Activity: House raising or structural moving of buildings or heavy equipment
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-Jul
A young worker was helping to remove house-raising dollies from under a raised home. A dolly inadvertently moved as the worker put tire blocks in place. The worker was pinned between the dolly and the cribbing supporting the house.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Paving services or asphalt manufacture
Location: Northern B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-Jul
A paving crew worker was operating a roller near the shoulder of the road. The ground materials failed to support the equipment, causing it to roll onto its side. The worker was using the seat belt and was not injured.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Paving services or asphalt manufacture / Concrete product manufacture
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-Jul
As a truck-mounted crane was setting roadside “no post” concrete barriers, the truck rolled onto the passenger side, coming to rest on the side of the road. The operator had been standing to the side of the truck and was unharmed.
Injury Type: Injury to foot, possible injury to back (1 worker)
Core Activity: House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-Jul
Two workers were installing exterior building wrap while positioned on an elevated scaffold plank. The knee-brace-style scaffold support pulled free of the wall to which it was attached, resulting in the plank and workers falling about 8 feet to grade below. One of the workers was injured.
Injury Type: Lower body fracture (1 worker)
Core Activity: Concrete reinforcing
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2019-Jul
A young worker was riding on the outside footboard of a forklift while the forklift (with seated operator) was transporting a load, travelling in the yard. The young worker fell off the forklift and was injured.
Injury Type: Fractured ribs, bruising (1 worker)
Core Activity: House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-Jun
A worker was on a stepladder using a pump jack to assist with raising a gable truss. The worker fell about 11 feet to the ground.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Excavator operation / Industrial, commercial, institutional, or highrise residential contracting or construction
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-Jun
An excavator struck a residential gas line and tore it completely free from a 4-inch natural gas line under pressure. Natural gas was released from the 4-inch line for about 6 hours, until the utility owner could install a stop valve about 100 metres upstream from the tear. Approximately 150 homes lost service and the area within 100 metres on each side of the tear was evacuated.
Injury Type: Internal injuries (1 worker)
Core Activity: Traffic control
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-Jun
A worker was driving the employer’s pickup truck, returning to a worksite, when the pickup collided with a logging truck parked adjacent to the traffic control work area. The logging truck was parked on a pull-out, having broken down before the traffic control operations had begun. The logging truck driver was not at the site. The worker driving the pickup was treated by on-site first aid attendants, then taken to hospital.