September 2018 Work Related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC

October 10, 2018

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: Fractured hand

Core Activity: Concrete reinforcing
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Sep ID Number: 2018155400032
A worker carrying an acetylene bottle (weighing 40 pounds) tripped and fell while walking across rip-rap (an area of loose rocks). The bottle fell onto the worker’s hand, injuring it. The worker then rolled down an adjacent slope another 20 feet.

Injury Type: Fractures

Core Activity: Siding, awning, or gutter installation, service, or repair / House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work
Location: Northern B.C.
Date of Incident: 2018-Sep ID Number: 2018136960197
A young worker fell about 21 feet from a roof.

Injury Type: Burn (1 worker)

Core Activity: Crane operation
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Sep ID Number: 2018170660029
Two workers were using an angle grinder to cut into a gas line when an ignition occurred. The fire department attended.

Injury Type: Puncture wound to leg

Core Activity: Framing or residential forming
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Sep ID Number: 2018178740009
A worker was installing formwork using a pneumatic coil nailer that housed 3-inch nails. While walking up a slight grade, the worker slipped and a nail was discharged from the coil nailer into the worker’s leg.

Injury Type: Fractured leg

Core Activity: House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2018-Aug ID Number: 2018167040019
A worker was on a 10-foot stepladder performing back-framing and frame checks on an interior section of a recently framed wall. The stepladder twisted and the worker fell 8 feet to the sheathing subfloor.

Injury Type: Lacerated leg

Core Activity: Excavation, or private landfill or transfer station operation
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Aug ID Number: 2018171890036
A worker was using a hand-held, 14-inch cut-off saw to cut a PVC pipe (8 inches in diameter). The pipe shifted and the saw’s abrasive blade contacted the worker’s leg.

Injury Type: Injuries to feet

Core Activity: Road construction
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Apr ID Number: 2018165410012
A worker was doing maintenance work on an excavator when a nearby skid-steer backed up and inadvertently struck the worker.

Injury Type: Electrical burns, soreness

Core Activity: Electrical work / Electric utilities
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2018-Mar ID Number: 2018171890004
While doing repair work on a 14.4 kV underground electrical supply cable, a worker sustained an electric shock. The worker was treated by a first aid attendant at a neighbouring business before being transported to hospital.