Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

November 8, 2021

Construction 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: Abrasions and contusions
Core Activity: House raising or structural moving of buildings or heavy equipment
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2021-Oct
A worker was removing a pendant line from the jib of a dismantled tower crane. The worker’s fall protection lanyard became tangled. As the worker disconnected the fall protection lanyard, the pendant line moved and struck the worker’s legs. This caused the worker to lose balance and fall 11.5 feet from the jib to grade.
Injury Type: Multiple fractures, internal injuries (1 worker)
Core Activity: Excavation operation / Highway maintenance (routine maintenance of all aspects of a specific section of highway)
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2021-Oct
A worker was struck and run over by a reversing crew cab pickup truck.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2021-Oct
A worker was doing exterior siding work from an elevating work platform (boom lift), about 25 feet above grade. When the boom lift was driven onto a wooden hole-covering, one of its wheels broke through the covering and fell into the hole, causing the boom lift to tilt to one side.
Injury Type: Injury to leg
Core Activity: Pile driving
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2021-Oct
As a 77-foot H-beam was being removed from a filled pile casing, the mobile crane and vibratory hammer lost the load and the H-beam fell onto the crane cab. The operator was able to exit the cab before the impact but was injured while exiting.
Injury Type: Contusion to head (1 worker)
Core Activity: Structural concrete forming / Framing or residential forming / House or other wood frame contracting or construction
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2021-Oct
While performing cleanup activities on the ground, a worker was struck on the head by a piece of 2×6 about 20 inches long. The worker was wearing a hard hat. The piece of wood had been dropped by a worker removing wood-framed scaffolding from a fourth-floor balcony.
Injury Type: Multiple injuries to legs
Core Activity: Excavation operation
Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.
Date of Incident: 2021-Oct
A worker was clearing material from under a municipal service pipe (30 inches in diameter) at the bottom of an excavation (2.1 metres deep). The excavation wall behind the worker failed and the debris pinned the worker’s legs against the pipe.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Crane operation
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2021-Oct
As the extension jib on 90-ton mobile crane was being repositioned, the main load line failed inside the wedge socket termination.
Injury Type: Injury to finger (1 worker)
Core Activity: Water well, foundational, or directional drilling / Oil or gas pipeline construction or repair
Location: Northern B.C.
Date of Incident: 2021-Oct
At a pipeline construction boring operation, two workers were re-installing the cap on a bear-trap screen for the mud pump of a directional boring unit when one of the workers got a finger pinched between the cap and the housing.
Injury Type: Electric shock
Core Activity: Commercial refrigeration or commercial air conditioning work
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2021-Oct
A worker was standing on a plastic stepstool, to access the top of energized equipment. While using a multimeter to troubleshoot the equipment, they inadvertently contacted and shorted the circuit. The worker received a shock, fell from the stepstool, and landed on the floor.
Injury Type: Fractured ankle, injury to upper body
Core Activity: House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2021-Oct
A worker was ascending a temporary staircase inside a residential construction project when the stairs beneath their feet collapsed. The worker fell about 11 feet to a stairway below.
Injury Type: Head injury
Core Activity: Steep slope roofing
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2021-Sep
A worker was replacing an asphalt shingle roof, on a 12:12 sloped section, when the worker fell about 15 feet to the concrete driveway below. The worker was using a fall protection system but their fall was not arrested. Preliminary indications are that a rope broke during the event. The rope was older and may have been damaged from previous use.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Blasting / Integrated forest management
Location: Interior B.C.
Date of Incident: 2021-Sep
While inspecting a remote forestry worksite, WorkSafeBC safety officers spotted an unexploded device exposed to logging traffic (next to a newly constructed spur road). Work at the site was stopped and the ticket of the employer’s blaster was seized. A different blaster was called in to assess the misfire and search for any other potential misfires.
Injury Type: Close call
Core Activity: Pile driving
Location: Lower Mainland
Date of Incident: 2021-Aug
In preparation for pile-driving work, workers were lifting a pile-driving hammer using a ringer crane. As the hammer was about to be placed atop the pile, the main lift line failed, resulting in the hammer, block, lifting grommets, shackle, and several hundred feet of line falling into the river.