January 2020 work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

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: Lower body fracture
Core Activity: Deck, railing, or fence installation
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2020-Jan
A worker using a lifeline fell two storeys while working on a residential roof. The shock-absorbing lanyard extended partially but the lifeline had excess slack, and the worker struck the ground.
Injury Type: Injury to lower body
Core Activity: Earth and rock filled structure construction
Location: Northern B.C.
Date of Incident: 2020-Jan
While performing a pressure test on a piping system, a worker was struck by an object. The worker was treated by the on-site first aid attendant, then transported to hospital.
Injury Type: Multiple injuries
Core Activity: Highway maintenance (routine maintenance of all aspects of a specific section of highway)
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2019-Dec
A maintenance worker was collecting garbage and debris from the shoulder of a bridge deck on-ramp when the worker was struck by a merging vehicle.
Injury Type: Soft tissue injuries (1 worker)
Core Activity: Excavation operation / House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-Dec
As a 6th floor wall panel was being erected on a wood-framed building under construction, an adjacent section of guardrail (10 feet long, made of 2×4 lumber) dislodged from the perimeter of the 5th floor and fell about 55 feet before striking a concrete slab. The guardrail then fell about 15 feet more before striking a worker from a different employer, performing work below grade at the base of the building.
Injury Type: Fractured ribs
Core Activity: Industrial, commercial, institutional, or highrise residential contracting or construction / Electrical work
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2019-Dec
A worker was unloading garbage from a job-built bin that was elevated on the forks of a telescopic lift truck. The worker fell about 2.5 metres to the ground, and the garbage bin came off the forks and landed on the worker.
Injury Type: Burns (2 workers)
Core Activity: Electrical work / Underground mining
Location: Northern B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-Dec
Four electrical workers were conducting work in an electrical distribution centre for a remote camp facility when two of them sustained flashover burn injuries. The workers were treated on site before being taken to hospital by the employer-supplied helicopter.
Injury Type: Injury to head, temporary loss of consciousness (1 worker)
Core Activity: Pile driving
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-Dec
Several workers were changing the attachment on a pile-driving head. A 6-foot-long pipe (snipe) was placed over top of a wrench to break the bolts free. As torque was applied to the snipe, it slipped off the wrench and struck a worker in the head. The worker received first aid on site, then was taken by crew boat to meet an ambulance for transport to hospital.
Injury Type: Fractured leg
Core Activity: Earth and rock filled structure construction
Location: Northern B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-Dec
A worker slipped and fell on a snow-covered icy area.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Crane operation / Electrical work
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-Nov
The crane on a flat-deck boom truck was lifting the boom rest and headache ball from the mounting position at the rear of the deck. When the boom was rotated counter-clockwise, the truck tipped toward the passenger side. The boom tip came to rest on the roof of a building, preventing the truck from tipping over onto its side.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Excavating operation
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-Oct
During preparation for backfilling of roadway material, an excavator struck a 3/4 inch natural gas line. Nearby businesses were evacuated and about 1 kilometre of a major arterial roadway was closed during evening rush hour. After stabilizing the leak, the utility owner called 911 and requested that emergency services attend the site due to the risk of explosion from a significant buildup of natural gas in the building to which the struck line was attached. The local fire department attended and resolved the buildup through increased ventilation measures in the building.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Concrete placing, finishing, surfacing, or repair / Road construction
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2019-Oct
A worker was jackhammering a concrete pad directly above an unmarked electrical service line (120 volts, 200 amps) whose presence was known to the employer. When a portion of the concrete pad broke off, the jackhammer, which was still held by the worker, slipped. The jackhammer’s bit penetrated the electrical conduit sleeve but did not contact the energized line.