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Injury Prevention Resources for Construction - General Construction

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The following links list tools, publications, and other resources to help prevent the most common injuries and illnesses in the construction industry. These resources may not meet all the requirements for health and safety in British Columbia. Please check the Workers Compensation Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, and related materials for specific WorkSafeBC requirements.

Site Preparation & Excavation


Excavations: A guide to safe work practices (video)

video thumbnail This six part video demonstrates the common hazards associated with excavations, plus the procedures for preparing and working in a trench. (20 min 46 s)
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC

BC ONE CALL: Call before you dig (video) space
This video focuses on the purpose of BC ONE CALL as well as the financial and legal responsibilities of contractors. If you are responsible for causing damage to an underground facility you may be liable for all costs resulting from flooding, fire, loss of business, and environmental damage.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
To obtain a copy of the video please phone (604) 214-5456.
Visit the BC 1 CALL website for more information.

Excavation safety is your responsibility space
This information sheet outlines the steps and requirements you should take before you begin excavating near natural gas lines.
Source: Fortis BC

The dangers of cross bores when directional drilling
WorkSafe Bulletin 2014-04
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC

The danger of explosions when clearing sanitary or storm sewers
WorkSafe Bulletin 2014-03
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC

Sloping and Timber Shoring (PDF 990 KB)
This manual describes methods for sloping and timber shoring, including pre-excavation requirements, information on site inspections, and general sloping or shoring requirements.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC

Prevention of Damage to Buried Facilities in British Columbia (PDF 242 KB)
This publication will help workers, employers, contractors, consultants, and owners be aware of the potential hazards, legislated requirements, and best practices associated with ground disturbances in the vicinity of buried facilities.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* Print copies are available for purchase from the WorkSafeBC Store
* A free ebook version for iPad is available on iTunes
Updated: June 5, 2012

Hydraulic Excavators: Lifting with slings (PDF 117 KB) space
An excavator is used primarily to dig and load. A crane is the preferred method for lifting materials or equipment; however, there may be times when using an excavator is a practical solution to an immediate need. If using the excavator is the practicable solution, good planning will maximize both the safety of the workers involved and the efficiency of the lift.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC

Underground Utility Hits - NI (PDF 51 KB) space
"This update contains details from selected "Notice of Incidents" (NI) received by the Worker and Employer Services Division of WorkSafeBC. It is intended to provide employers and workers with timely information about the type of accidents occurring in their industry."
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC

Excavations space
"This booklet highlights the requirements in the updated [OSHA] standard for excavation and trenching operations, provides methods for protecting employees against cave-ins, and describes safe work practices for employees."
Source: OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)

NIOSH warns of danger of trench cave-ins space
"The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) warns construction workers that they may be risking their lives when working in trenches or near potentially unstable ground."
Source: NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)

Trenching and Excavation space
OSHA Construction e-tool.
Source: OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)

OSHA Technical Links: Trenching & excavation space
List of "technical links" to internal and external online resources.
Source: OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)

Preventing Deaths and Injuries from Excavation Cave-ins space
This NIOSH Alert describes four deaths caused by excavation cave-ins and makes several recommendations to avoid recurrence.
Source: NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)

Preventing Injuries and Deaths from Skid Steer Loaders space
"Recent NIOSH studies suggest that employers, supervisors, and workers may not appreciate the hazards of operating or working near skid steer loaders; or they may not follow safe work procedures for controlling these hazards. This [NIOSH] Alert describes six deaths involving skid steer loaders and recommends methods for preventing similar incidents."
Source: NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)

Code of Practice No.8 - Safety Precautions in Trench Operations (PDF 230 KB)
"Safety Precautions in Trenching Operations is a 32 page guide that provides practical guidance on measures to be taken to prevent injury to persons engaged in trenching work."
Source: WorkSafe Victoria, Australia



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