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This page contains summaries of Notice of Incident (NI) reports received by WorkSafeBC. This information may help you to prevent similar accidents in your workplace.

THE NI INFORMATION IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Some details have been edited to protect the privacy of workers involved.

Completed WorkSafeBC investigation reports for selected incidents are available online, sorted by industry sector.

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2006 April - June


Injury Type : Exposure to H2S gas
Core Activity : Oilfield fluid hauling
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006144250148
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

As workers attempted to add a hydrogen sulfide (H2S) scavenger to a tanker truck, a young worker was exposed to vapours from the tank.

See a WorkSafe bulletin about the hazards of H2S:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/posters.asp?ReportID=34217
Injury Type : Bruising and contusions to arm and leg
Core Activity : Helicopter logging
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006152480165
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

As a rigger hooked up a turn on a helicopter logging operation, he was struck and dragged approximately 25 feet downhill by rolling logs.
Injury Type : Contusions to hand and fingers
Core Activity : Wood remanufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006112850401
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A young worker was assisting the moulder operator at the infeed end of the moulder. The worker's hand was caught between the infeed rollers and the hold-down roller.
Injury Type : Lacerated hand, strained neck
Core Activity : Video store
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006150180149
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A 24-hour video store was robbed by a person wielding an axe. The young worker on duty was physically assaulted.
Injury Type : Sprained knee
Core Activity : Surveying foundation footings
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006155270219
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A 30-foot-deep excavation had a retaining wall with soldier piles (vertical columns). The 50-foot piles extended into the soil at the bottom of the excvation for 20 feet. As a zone of weak clay soil behind the shoring collapsed downward and inward near the bottom row of underpinning, about 10 feet of the underground portion of the piles bent inward toward the excavation. The shift of soil forced the clay soil at the bottom of the excavation upward, lifting an excavator and a surveyor working at the bottom of the excavation beside the retaining wall. The retaining wall system failed along a 100-foot-long section.
Injury Type : Heat exhaustion
Core Activity : Traffic control
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006124490063
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A traffic control person (young worker) was overcome by heat exhaustion while working on a paving operation.
Injury Type : Laceration and abrasions to arms
Core Activity : Concrete finishing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006107970410
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A young worker fell approximately 20 feet from an unsecured extension ladder.
Injury Type : Amputation of two fingers
Core Activity : Chop saw operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006140330133
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A worker was cutting cedar 4x4s with a jump-up chop saw. One of the worker's hands contacted the energized blade.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Site preparation
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006154850119
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

As an excavator did ground preparation and site clearing, a treetop was snapped off by high winds. The treetop became entangled in nearby overhead power lines and contacted the top of the excavator.
Injury Type : Amputation of two fingers
Core Activity : Chop saw operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006140330133
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A worker was cutting cedar 4x4s with a jump-up chop saw. One of the worker's hands contacted the energized blade.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Site preparation
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006154850119
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

As an excavator did ground preparation and site clearing, a treetop was snapped off by high winds. The treetop became entangled in nearby overhead power lines and contacted the top of the excavator.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Equipment transport
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006122700527
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A steel frame fell off a flatbed trailer, fatally injuring the driver.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006110750230
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

An excavator struck and severed a 1.5-inch gas line.
Injury Type : Facial laceration
Core Activity : Foundry operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006140330131
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A forklift was transporting three steel flasks (frames), each 3 feet by 12 feet, from the set-up area in the foundry to the outside storage yard. A 3-pound steel C-clamp used to hold the flasks together flew off and hit the operator in the face.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006015490223
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

An excavator working on a trench for a water line service installation caught and broke a 3/4-inch gas line. The gas line pulled off from a 3-inch main, which had been exposed. The site maps provided by the utility company did not show this line and the tracer wire for this line had been previously broken. All other utility lines in the area had been located and marked at surface.
Injury Type : Stiffness
Core Activity : Log hauling
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006117640217
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A loaded logging truck went out of control on a 15 percent grade when the glad-hand connector for the service line to the trailer came undone. The driver steered the truck into the ditch, where the truck flipped onto its side. The driver was wearing a seat belt.
Injury Type : Lacerations to two fingers
Core Activity : Operation of pallet jack
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006030370101
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A worker was operating an electric pallet jack when a case of containers (weighing 60 pounds) fell from the top of the load. Two of the worker's fingers were jammed between the load and a metal support on the pallet jack.
Injury Type : Broken wrist
Core Activity : Concrete placing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006122700526
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A link between boom sections on a concrete pump truck failed during a concrete pour. The boom fell onto the deck of the building, injuring a young worker.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Site services
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006122700525
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

An excavator struck a high-pressure gas regulator station.
Injury Type : Multiple puncture wounds
Core Activity : Integrated forest management
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006130750120
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A forester was attacked by a grizzly bear while doing fieldwork.

View a hazard alert about safety at work where bears may be encountered:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/publications/posters.asp?ReportID=31327
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Road construction and repair
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006154930157
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A hoe excavator struck and broke an underground high-pressure natural gas distribution pipeline during ditch preparation work.
Injury Type : Two fingers amputated, another finger fractured
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006136970150
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A board was being fed into a lumber planer. A worker reached into the machine to measure the distance between the guides, injuring his hand.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavation for underground utilities
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006015490222
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

An excavator was sloping the sides of an excavation when it caught the underground conduit and power line leading to an illuminated sign. The wires were pulled through the conduit and off of the transformer on the adjacent power pole.
Injury Type : Shoulder contusion, arm abrasion
Core Activity : Concrete forming
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006138140182
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A young worker fell 14 feet from 4x6 joists to the slab below.
Injury Type : Shoulder injury; bruises, contusions, abrasions
Core Activity : Log loading
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006155980126
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A rubber-tired log loader was being backed down a logging road when the road gave out on the downhill side. The loader flopped onto its side and slid 40 feet down the hill, coming to rest against two large stumps.
Injury Type : One finger amputated, one broken
Core Activity : Quarry
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006107970382
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A young worker was positioning a rock in a hydraulic stone cutter. The rock fell over, injuring two fingers.
Injury Type : Saw cut to hand
Core Activity : Metal trim manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006147230060
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A worker was cutting a piece of aluminum trim on a table saw when one hand contacted the saw blade.
Injury Type : Undetermined injuries (non-worker)
Core Activity : Boat tour
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006101920038
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A non-worker boarded a vessel to locate its master. Without authorization, he accessed a restricted area, then unlocked and stepped through a door to exit. The deck had been removed to facilitate replacement of the engine below. The non-worker fell approximately 15 feet to the engine deck.
Injury Type : Head injury
Core Activity : Exterior renovation work
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006113830170
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A worker was climbing a ladder to a third-floor balcony when the ladder slipped and the worker fell to the concrete below.
Injury Type : Head injuries, broken leg, partially severed arm
Core Activity : Concrete cutting
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006107970380
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A worker was cutting the concrete pad near the infeed rolls to the fabrication shop of a steel manufacturing company. A lift truck was carrying five pieces of 40-foot angle iron weighing approximately 2,000 pounds about 13 feet in the air to pass over the storage racks to set on the infeed rolls. The unsecured angle iron slipped from the forks of the lift truck and landed on the worker on the concrete pad.
Injury Type : Severe crush injury to foot and ankle
Core Activity : Fish wholesale
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006155610141
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A worker's foot was caught in a moving screw-style ice auger.
Injury Type : Sore neck; soft-tissue damage
Core Activity : Structural concrete forming
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006155730263
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A worker was stripping plywood from a concrete slab edge when he fell approximately 9.5 feet to the base of the excavation below.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Site services
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006122700510
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

The raised box of a dump truck contacted a 12.5-kV overhead power line.
Injury Type : Bruising injuries to torso
Core Activity : Cardboard box manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006134580222
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A millwright was troubleshooting the outfeed section of a cardboard folding/gluing machine while the machine was energized. The material hoist section of the machine was inadvertently activated, and the worker was crushed between the frame of the machine and the hoist.
Injury Type : Amputated finger
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006136900423
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A worker reached into a chipping and sawing log processor to grab a piece of wood and one finger was amputated by a saw knife.
Injury Type : Broken ankle
Core Activity : Framing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006107970376
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

Four young workers were bracing a wall in place on a residential construction site. A wall 9 feet by 14 feet was standing (unbraced) against laid-down walls behind the workers. A gust of wind blew the wall forward and onto one of the workers.
Injury Type : Compressed vertebra, bruising to head and shoulder
Core Activity : Log hauling
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006137160098
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

The driver of a tridem log truck was attaching a quad trailer reach to the truck. The reach came down and struck the driver on the head.
Injury Type : Serious injuries to 3 fingers
Core Activity : Snubbing operations
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006144250140
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

While running pipe (tubing) into a well during snubbing operations, a young worker lost his balance and inadvertently placed his hand in the rotating power tong.
Injury Type : Loss of consciousness
Core Activity : Welding
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006124770160
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A worker lost consciousness while welding in a confined space. He was working from a platform suspended 7 feet down from the opening of a caisson 3 feet in diameter. The standby rescue worker manually extricated the worker within 1 minute.
Injury Type : Abdominal wound, fractured pelvis
Core Activity : Falling
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006114550157
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A faller (young worker) was struck by the bucket of an excavator. The excavator was helping him to fall a cedar tree 36 inches in diameter.
Injury Type : Compound fracture of arm; multiple lacerations to hand
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006116110122
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A worker's gloved hand was caught in a 1.75-inch drill bit driven by a 5-horsepower motor.
Injury Type : Gunshot wound
Core Activity : Gillnet and troll fishing
Location : Northwest BC
ID Number : 2006139050044
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

While a fishing vessel was at anchor in a harbour waiting for weather to ease, the crew went ashore to hunt. The crew returned with a loaded rifle and placed it on the galley table. The rifle accidentally discharged, striking the vessel master.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Oil or gas pipeline construction and repair
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006091090012
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A 1-ton flatbed truck turned in front of an oncoming pickup truck. The driver of the pickup (a young worker) died on impact.
Injury Type : Crushing injuries to chest, including fractured ribs, punctured lungs
Core Activity : Manual tree falling and bucking
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006155980120
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A manual tree faller attempted to fall a large fir tree up a 50 percent slope. The tree slid back downhill, dragging the worker 28 feet down the slope.
Injury Type : Crush injuries to back, foot; knee strain
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006111110184
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

When a worker detached an access door to clear the jammed hog knives, the door fell on top of him.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Local government and related operations
Location : Northwest BC
ID Number : 2006136050103
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A sewage lift station was demolished when a pressurized air chamber exploded.
Injury Type : Two crushed fingertips
Core Activity : Vehicle maintenance
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006101920035
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

The operator of a concrete truck was trying to apply grease to the main drum bearing surface. Two of his fingers got caught in a nip point between the main drum and the rear idler rollers.
Injury Type : Burns to head, torso, leg (1 worker); small burns to arm, face (1 worker)
Core Activity : Restaurant
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006117930137
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A young worker was transferring hot oil back into a deep fryer. A second young worker slipped on liquid on the floor, slid into the first worker, and overturned the hot oil container, causing the hot oil to contact both workers.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Helicopter flying
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006152480137
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A helicopter with 4 occupants was performing a hover manoeuvre over a creek to conduct water sampling. As it backed up, the tail rotor struck a branch/tree. The pilot put the helicopter down on rough terrain, causing it to roll over onto its side. The occupants exited the aircraft and summoned assistance via satellite phone. The helicopter was destroyed but no one was injured.
Injury Type : Head injury; fractured back, shoulder, finger
Core Activity : Heavy equipment, machinery, or parts manufacture or installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006128220087
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A worker was standing on a load being lifted by rigging attached to the forks of a forklift. The worker fell from a height of approximately 4 feet, 10 inches.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Blasting
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006122700509
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

An unexpected explosion occurred at a blasting operation while the blaster was in the blasting area.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Integrated logging
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006114050057
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A 15-passenger van with three silviculture workers (tree planters) was travelling through a log landing. The van was struck by a log being repositioned by a hydraulic log loader.
Injury Type : Fatal (1 worker, 1 non-worker)
Core Activity : Fixed-wing IFR operation
Location : Northwest BC
ID Number : 2006137160088
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A small jet airplane crashed while landing on a landing strip.
Injury Type : Fracture, crushing, and large laceration to arm
Core Activity : Composting
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006108320035
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A jam-up occurred on a moving discharge conveyor of composting digester equipment. As a worker reached into the energized equipment to clear the jam, his arm was drawn through the tail spool of the conveyor belt.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006034450239
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A butt-n-top log loader stacking culverts contacted a 7.2-kV overhead power line. The current shorted through the boom of the machine to neutral.
Injury Type : Amputation of arm
Core Activity : Contract crop harvesting/Dairy farming
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006107270034
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

Three workers were troubleshooting the cutterhead of a harvester, checking for misaligned and damaged knives. As a result of unclear or misunderstood hand signals, a worker reached in and his arm was caught by the rotating knives.
Injury Type : Multiple lacerations to hand
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006112850391
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A moulder operator was checking the adjustment on the moulder bed plates using a straight edge when one hand was caught and pulled into the running moulder head.
Injury Type : Fractured pelvis
Core Activity : Unloading frozen fish
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006145570061
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

Stacked pallet loads of wrapped, frozen fish (weighing approximately 2420 pounds) were being removed from the hold of a fishing vessel. During unloading, the vessel shifted and a pallet load of fish collapsed onto a young worker.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Framing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006155070109
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

While framing a single-family dwelling, a young worker fell through a floor opening to the concrete slab 18.5 feet below.
Injury Type : Fractured arm
Core Activity : Baked goods manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006128220084
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A worker was standing or kneeling on a wheeled office chair while performing cleaning duties. The worker was injured when the chair gave way.
Injury Type : Broken ribs, punctured lung, fractured back
Core Activity : Masonry
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006129730177
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A worker was descending the inside scaffold ladder from a work platform. He slipped and fell approximately 12 feet to the ground, hitting the cross-braces halfway through the fall.
Injury Type : Pain in back and neck, arm abrasions
Core Activity : Auto dealership (sales and service)
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006154890069
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

An automotive technician was in the parking lot diagnosing a car problem with a customer. The car reversed, crushing the technician between the car door and a lamp post.
Injury Type : Burns (2 workers)
Core Activity : Gas line repair
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006037470253
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

Workers were removing a farm tap. The work included hot-crimping a 26-mm steel pipe and re-introducing gas back into the downstream system. A PE (plastic) pipe downstream of the crimp failed and released gas into the work area. The gas ignited, burning two workers.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Gas plant turnaround or maintenance work
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006144250134
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

During maintenance work (turnaround) at an oil and gas facility, a worker was pressure washing a 750-barrel tank when an explosion occurred.
Injury Type : Facial fractures and lacerations, arm and shoulder injury
Core Activity : Integrated forest management
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006155980115
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A faller was struck on the head and shoulder by a hung-up limb that dislodged. The faller was standing under the hazard while taking cover from a falling tree.
Injury Type : Fractured ankle
Core Activity : Hotel
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006144250133
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

When the door to a second-floor linen storage room in a hotel would not open from the inside, a worker slid down the laundry chute to get out of the room.
Injury Type : Swollen knee, muscle soreness, arm and back lacerations
Core Activity : Auto service
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006111770116
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A service technician (young worker) was directing a customer to position their vehicle over an oil change pit. The vehicle suddenly accelerated forward, struck the technician, and pushed him into the closed glass and metal roll-up door. Some glass door panels shattered, and the metal frames were pushed outwards from the impact. The worker was momentarily pinned between the front of the vehicle and the roll-up door.
Injury Type : Fractured arm
Core Activity : Concrete forming and placing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006155700110
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A worker was directing the end of a concrete pumper hose while placing concrete in a form approximately 5 feet high. The worker was standing on a waler about 3 feet above grade. The hose became plugged and while the operator tried to unplug the hose, it contacted the worker, knocking him from the form to the grade.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Dump truck operation
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006144250132
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

While dumping a load of mud, the box of a dump truck contacted a 14.4-kV overhead power line.
Injury Type : Eye irritation (7 workers); undetermined injury (3 non-workers)
Core Activity : Hotel operation
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006144250131
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A worker mixed two chemical cleaning agents in a laundry room. The chemicals reacted, creating a chemical spill and releasing an unknown gas. Seven of twelve workers on-site were affected, as well as three hotel guests.
Injury Type : Crushed foot
Core Activity : General trucking
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006128220080
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A forklift ran over a worker's foot.
Injury Type : Fatal (2)
Core Activity : Operating a snowmobile on a ski run
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006115131251
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A snowmobile with two young workers travelling downhill left the main ski run and collided with a rock and tree.
Injury Type : Skull fracture
Core Activity : Wood framing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006122700492
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

During construction, a carport (30 feet by 24 feet) collapsed on a young worker who was inside.
Injury Type : Chemical irritation to skin, eyes, throat, lungs (2 workers)
Core Activity : Chemical manufacture
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006111970136
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A worker suffered chemical burns when a section of glass pipe containing germanium tetrachloride broke. (Germanium tetrachloride decomposes in air to form highly corrosive hydrogen chloride.) A second worker was affected by the hydrogen chloride while assisting the first worker.
Injury Type : Loss of consciousness
Core Activity : Installation of tunnel boring machine
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006114550155
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A worker was unconscious for several minutes after being struck on the head by one end of a fibreglass pipe (2 feet by 20 feet) that dropped from a height of approximately 8 feet. The pipe was part of a ventilation system positioned on top of a section of deck in preparation for connecting. The work was being done as part of the tunnel boring machine installation approximately 180 metres below grade in the starter tunnel for treated water.
Injury Type : Broken ribs, bruising
Core Activity : Cable logging
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006156160167
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A chokerman had hooked a turn and moved 60 feet away from the downhill yarding lines when he was hit in the back by a cedar log.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Building demolition
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006124770152
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

Approximately 50 construction workers were evacuated from a worksite when the doors of a building under demolition were opened and a large plume of steam with a hydrocarbon smell came out. The 12-foot-square open shaft was filled with two floors of metal waste from the demolition. The bottom of the shaft was adjacent to the electrical vault, which housed two 12-kV transformers, and 14 inches of water covered the floor. The water appeared to be boiling, with unknown substances floating on top and possible acid mist in the air. After the utilities company cut power to the area, a hazardous materials response team entered the sub-basement.
Injury Type : Crushing injuries to torso
Core Activity : Veneer or plywood manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006134580192
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

An electrician was troubleshooting a veneer composer. The machine was not locked out, and the composer operator crawled between the raised head of the machine and the machine bed to perform maintenance work. The operator was crushed between the head and bed of the machine when it cycled during troubleshooting.
Injury Type : Amputation of fingertip
Core Activity : Smoked, cured, or prepared meat product manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006134520068
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A worker's finger was caught in the film infeed on a meat packaging machine.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Ready-mix concrete manufacturing and delivery
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006110750140
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A worker climbed vertical ladders to perform emergency repairs on a conveyor belt about 60 feet overhead. This exceptional physical exertion was not part of his usual work activities. He died of a heart attack.
Injury Type : Stiffness and soreness of neck
Core Activity : Gas bar
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006155980098
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A gas bar attendant (young worker) was held in a head lock by one person while a second person robbed the store.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Delivery of trusses
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006101920026
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A truck-mounted crane was lifting a bundle of trusses off a trailer. The bundle slid sideways and off the next bundle, reached its tipping point, and fell until the lift chain came tight. This produced a shock load to the boom, causing tensile breaks to approximately 20 turret bolts.
Injury Type : Bruising
Core Activity : Gas bar
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006147230039
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A vehicle struck a gas bar attendant (young worker) who attempted to stop the vehicle from leaving without paying for gas.
Injury Type : Concussion
Core Activity : Vacuum truck operation
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006124120174
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A vacuum truck operator (young worker) was vacuuming spent carbon from a vertical carbon bed vessel through an 8-inch inspection port. Residual hydrogen in the vessel ignited, expelling a stream of fine carbon particles and propelling the worker backwards. The worker's head struck an adjacent vessel.
Injury Type : Fractured vertebrae, ribs; bruised shoulders
Core Activity : Log hauling
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006137160077
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A loaded logging truck overturned onto its side while negotiating a curve on a highway.
Injury Type : Concussion, soft-tissue injuries
Core Activity : Bus line
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006140330085
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A bus driver was assaulted by unknown persons and found unconscious in the coach.
Injury Type : Electrical burn mark on foot
Core Activity : Placing concrete on suspended slab
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006117650774
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A worker was using a bull float with an 18-foot aluminum handle to finish concrete on a rooftop concrete slab. While pulling the bull float towards him, the worker had his back to an overhead power line that ran parallel to the building and about 6 feet above the rooftop. The aluminum handle contacted the 12-kV power line and conducted the electric current to the worker.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Blasting
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006107970289
Date of Incident : 2006-May

Fly rock from a blast damaged a house under construction and scattered fly material over a roadway.
Injury Type : Facial fracture
Core Activity : Roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006115131203
Date of Incident : 2006-May

When a small roof collapsed, a worker fell 7 feet to the roof below and then 19 feet to grade.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injuries to hip, small laceration of elbow
Core Activity : Ready-mix concrete
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006107970281
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A loaded concrete truck carrying 10 cubic metres of liquid concrete failed to negotiate a right-hand corner and flipped onto its driver side.
Injury Type : Amputation of one finger, partial amputation of two fingers
Core Activity : Woodworking shop
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006134580170
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A worker was cutting a piece of composite material on an unguarded table saw. The material kicked up and when the worker reached out to stabilize the piece, one hand inadvertently contacted the rotating blade.
Injury Type : Amputation of 3 fingertips
Core Activity : Baked goods manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006117670074
Date of Incident : 2006-May

Three fingertips were amputated when a worker attempted to push bread dough through a dividing machine.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Equipment maintenance and repair
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006118050076
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A worker was struck while using hydraulic jacks to straighten the frame of a logging truck.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Underground service repair
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006122700454
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A backhoe dug up a 12-kV energized underground conductor.
Injury Type : Fractured vertebrae, head laceration
Core Activity : Fire hall
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006147280132
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A worker opened a door and fell through a pole hole at a fire hall. He landed partially on a mat located at the base of the pole, and partially on the concrete floor almost 15 feet below.
Injury Type : Inhalation of organic vapour causing collapse (1 worker)
Core Activity : Boat building and painting
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006066220061
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A worker was painting in a confined space on a newly constructed barge without wearing an air-supplied respirator. The worker collapsed and was found by other workers nearby, three of whom entered the space to rescue him.
Injury Type : Compound fracture of leg
Core Activity : Concrete reinforcing bar placement
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006138140127
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A worker fell 6 feet to a concrete slab while climbing down a scaffold endframe.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Warehouse operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006155440305
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A yard worker inadvertently stepped in front of an oncoming forklift and was run over.
Injury Type : Fractured leg
Core Activity : Wooden furniture manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006134580165
Date of Incident : 2006-May

Several workers were attempting to manually lay a wheeled portable belt conveyor over on its side for troubleshooting. The conveyor rolled on its wheels, slid, and fell, pinning one worker's leg between the conveyor frame and the floor.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injuries to hip and elbow
Core Activity : Modular, prefabricated building manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006107970277
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A lift truck overturned on a grade of approximately 6-8%.
Injury Type : Head laceration (non-worker)
Core Activity : Pressure-washing residential building
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006155400225
Date of Incident : 2006-May

An unregistered, self-employed individual lost his balance while accessing a ladder on top of a concrete landing. He fell about 5 feet onto the textured walkway.
Injury Type : Internal injuries
Core Activity : Repairing electric lighting
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006015490165
Date of Incident : 2006-May

An electrical worker fell approximately 6 feet into a hydraulic hoist pit. The worker landed on a circular metal ring used to lift jet engines.
Injury Type : Complete amputation of one finger, partial amputation another finger
Core Activity : Supermarket
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006134580174
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A meat cutter was operating a vertical bandsaw. As he placed a piece of slippery meat into the saw, one hand slipped and contacted the running blade.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Electric utilities
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006144250129
Date of Incident : 2006-May

An ornamental street light standard had been installed approximately 18 inches away from an overhead 14.4-kV overhead power line. During high winds, one energized conductor contacted the light standard, blowing a line fuse.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Underground utility trenching
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006097990208
Date of Incident : 2006-May

An excavator's bucket contacted a power pole, cracking it and causing the primary power line to swing into a lamp standard. The high-voltage fuse opened and shut off the power.
Injury Type : Multiple fractures (1 non-worker); bruising (1 non-worker)
Core Activity : Moving and storage
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006138190153
Date of Incident : 2006-May

The wheels of a large, unattended, commercial vehicle were not chocked and it rolled through a parking lot and struck a parked private vehicle. This vehicle then struck one person and that person's own car. A second person was struck by the first person's car.
Injury Type : Pellet wound
Core Activity : Delivery to retail business
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006045630495
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A freight delivery driver was struck by a pellet shot from a gun. The gun may have been used to control crows in the warehouse area of the business.
Injury Type : 2nd-degree burns to hands, face
Core Activity : Production equipment inspection and commissioning
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006124490053
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A young worker climbed up the access ladder on a 400-barrel tank to conduct a dip gauge of the tank. While he was on the tank, hydrocarbons in the tank ignited. The worker moved quickly to get away as the tank exploded, blowing off its top.
Injury Type : Lacerated foot
Core Activity : Manual tree falling
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006116270113
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A faller was standing on top of a felled red cedar (27-inch diameter) at about the 12-inch point of the stem. While using a chainsaw to delimb the cedar, he inadvertently cut through the instep side of his boot and into his foot.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Crane operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006115131229
Date of Incident : 2006-May

While a truck-mounted crane was unloading trusses, the hoist line contacted a 12.5-kV overhead electrical conductor.
Injury Type : Fatal (4 workers, including 1 young worker)
Core Activity : Ground water testing on site reclamation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006104070062
Date of Incident : 2006-May

An environmental technician conducting a water check at a seepage shack on a former mine site collapsed as a result of breathing air that was oxygen deficient. The project manager found the first worker, called 911, then went inside the shack to rescue him and also collapsed. When two ambulance attendants arrived, the first paramedic entered the shack and collapsed. The second paramedic went in to perform rescue and collapsed as well. All four workers died.

View WorkSafe bulletin WS06-03 on oxygen deficiency:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/publications/posters.asp?ReportID=34181
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Rock bluff survey
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006110750086
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A worker fell 30 metres from a rock bluff to the travelled portion of a highway below.
Injury Type : Broken ankle
Core Activity : Operation of mobile equipment (forklift)
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006111810137
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A lift truck inadvertently went over a 12-inch-high curb and flipped onto its side.

View slide show of an accident investigation where a forklift operator died when his forklift tipped over:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/publications/multimedia/slideshows.asp?ReportID=33841
Injury Type : Broken vertebrae (1 worker); bruising (1 worker)
Core Activity : Wood frame construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006105210103
Date of Incident : 2006-May

Five workers were raising a wood frame wall from horizontal to vertical when the kickers (temporary supports) along the bottom plate failed and the wall fell back onto the workers. Three of the workers escaped from under the wall without injury.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Concrete forming
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006113830135
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A 30-ton rough-terrain mobile crane was overloaded. It tilted onto its side while unloading 2900 pounds of rebar.
Injury Type : Violence in the workplace
Core Activity : Service station
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006140330096
Date of Incident : 2006-May

Two persons robbed a 24-hour self-serve gas station with a convenience store and coffee kiosk. No weapons were produced and the two attendants working at the time were not injured.
Injury Type : Broken pelvis
Core Activity : Demolition and construction
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006124490052
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A worker was on an extension ladder on the outside of a building, trying to cut a piece of tensioned steel rebar. The rebar released, striking the worker and the ladder, and knocking the worker off the ladder. The worker fell approximately 6 feet, landing on a concrete sidewalk.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Structural concrete forming
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006117650775
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A tower crane was attempting to lift an exterior corner gang-form panel from level 11. The panel was supported by brackets attached to the concrete wall. When the panel was released from the brackets, it swung away from the wall. The panel was too heavy for the gear that the hoist motor was in and the tower crane overload limit switch activated. As the crane was now unable to hoist the load, the operator attempted to lower the gang-panel to the ground. The operator could not control the descent of the load because the brake was insufficient for the combined weight and speed for the gear. The operator hit the stop button, but the gang-panel contacted the roof of the person-hoist and the 3rd storey.
Injury Type : Fractured arm
Core Activity : Cutting granite blocks
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006147230043
Date of Incident : 2006-May

As a worker tightened a bolt on a knuckle arm, his clothing caught on a rotating part. The worker's arm was dragged between the knuckle arm and the frame. The machine had not been locked out.
Injury Type : Broken leg (non-worker)
Core Activity : Family mixed farm
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006117640167
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A farmer's leg was broken when blocking under a brush mower failed and the mower dropped. The family farm was not registered.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Integrated forest management
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006105180011
Date of Incident : 2006-May

The operator of a log processor and the operator of a rubber-tired skidder were repairing an oil leak on the log processor's head. The processor operator entered the cab of the processor and inadvertently activated a control that swung the processor's boom towards the skidder operator. The head of the processor hit the skidder operator, causing fatal crushing injuries.
Injury Type : Compound fractures of both legs
Core Activity : Steep-slope roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006122700472
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A worker was not in a stable position when he moved his lanyard from one lifeline to another. He slipped and fell 52 feet from the building to grade.
Injury Type : Dislocated elbow
Core Activity : Wood frame construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006115131222
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A worker was being raised in a garbage box on the forks of a telescopic boom forklift. When the garbage box restraint system failed, the box slid to one side and the worker fell approximately 10 feet to grade.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Wood framing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006115131225
Date of Incident : 2006-May

The job-constructed support for approximately 50 sheets of building material collapsed, causing the material to fall 4 floors to grade.
Injury Type : Crush injuries to leg, possible injuries to hip
Core Activity : Loading and unloading goods
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006140330089
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A lift truck operator was standing beside his machine completing paperwork when another lift truck backed into him. He was crushed between the two lift trucks.
Injury Type : Crush injuries to ankle
Core Activity : Work yard and warehousing activities
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006105910146
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A worker was in front of a stationary forklift whose raised forks were loaded with 40 sheets of drywall. As the worker attempted to remove a sheet of poly surrounding the load, the load slid forward off the forks towards the worker. The worker dove under the forks to escape, but one foot was struck and pinned under the sheets of drywall.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Residential forming
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006122700466
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A rough-terrain telescopic forklift rolled onto its side while turning on a slope. Its boom was extended 27 feet and it was carrying a 2000-pound gang-form panel.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Masonry
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006107970299
Date of Incident : 2006-May

An excavator cut a 42-mm header gas line.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Road construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006015490167
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A sidehill saturated with rain gave way and slid down onto a road right-of-way under construction. A large steel drum packer was caught in the slide and was pushed over the edge of the road, onto a steep sidehill. The operator managed to control the packer, kept it upright, and was not injured.
Injury Type : Broken arm, bruising
Core Activity : Framing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006107970374
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A young worker attempted to access a ladder from a residential roof. The worker missed the ladder and fell more than 10 feet to the ground.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Road construction drilling and blasting
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006037470243
Date of Incident : 2006-May

Fly rock from a blast flew approximately 500 feet, damaging a sundeck.
Injury Type : Carbon monoxide exposure (3 workers, 1 non-worker)
Core Activity : Carpet cleaning
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006130680131
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A carpet cleaner was working alone at a townhouse. The propane-powered cleaning equipment was run inside a garage, with the garage door closed. The worker was overcome by the carbon monoxide generated and collapsed; the home owner called 911 and then was also affected by carbon monoxide. Two paramedics who attended the scene were treated for less serious symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure.
Injury Type : Neck and head pain
Core Activity : Rebar installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006114550156
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A van drove off the road into an excavation footing. A worker in the van hit his head on the door.
Injury Type : Back bruising and stiffness
Core Activity : Integrated logging
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006156160160
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A yarder engineer was making repairs on the deck of the yarder when he was struck by a log that dislodged from a grapple skidder pulling away a drag.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Log boom towing
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006108490119
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A tug boat operator drowned after falling overboard while inspecting a log boom in preparation for towing the boom.
Injury Type : Severe spinal trauma
Core Activity : Airline catering
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006134580203
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A worker fell approximately 8.5 feet from the elevated work platform of a service truck while preparing to deliver food products to an aircraft.
Injury Type : Pain in back and shoulder
Core Activity : Concrete formwork
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006114550153
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A worker was placing a wooden 4x6 joist on a beam system as part of a suspended concrete slab formwork. The worker was standing or walking on the joist when a 4x6 tipped, causing the worker to fall approximately 8 feet onto a concrete slab.
Injury Type : Confusion after blow
Core Activity : Concrete formwork
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006114550154
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A young worker was adjusting the height of a beam that was part of a suspended concrete slab formwork system. The beam dislodged from its support and struck the worker's head/shoulder.
Injury Type : Exposure to H2S gas (2 workers)
Core Activity : Gas plant turnaround or maintenance work
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006154930138, 2006154930141
Date of Incident : 2006-May

During gas plant maintenance, which spanned several days, hydrogen sulfide gas (H2S) was released. A young worker was exposed to the gas one day, and another worker was exposed a few days later.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Nursery
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006125400112
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A worker fell approximately 9.5 feet to a concrete floor while installing siding from a ladder jack scaffolding system.
Injury Type : Fractured ribs, jaw; lung contusion; puncture wound to leg
Core Activity : Tree service or removal
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006129920154
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A worker topping a delimbed 9-metre (30-foot) cedar tree fell to grade.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Transport of paving material
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006105910165
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A tandem-axle dump truck and trailer loaded with asphalt drove off the road and into a ditch. The worker sustained fatal injuries.
Injury Type : Lacerations and tearing to hand and arm
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006137160083
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A worker's hand and arm were caught in a conveyor belt as the worker attempted to remove a piece of wood.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavating with hydraulic excavator
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006101100044
Date of Incident : 2006-May

An excavator digging a trench for residential sewer and storm sewer pipes inadvertently snagged and destroyed two underground electrical conductors, one a primary (8 kV) and the other a secondary. The conductors were pulled out of the at-grade distribution box, interrupting the power supply. The underground services had not been located prior to excavating.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Power generation
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006124490057
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A dual crane lift was underway to remove the rotor assembly from a power-generating turbine. As the full weight of the load (660 tons) was taken by the two cranes, the drive motors on the cranes failed, and the load was dropped back into the turbine rotor support.
Injury Type : Head laceration, possible fracture
Core Activity : Crane service
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006124490054
Date of Incident : 2006-May

As a worker disembarked from the cab of a mobile crane, he fell head first from the cab to the pavement below.
Injury Type : Concussion
Core Activity : Freight hauling
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006111970130
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A truck driver opening a truck trailer door was struck by a lift truck hauling empty pallets.
Injury Type : Head lacerations; fractured collarbone and ribs
Core Activity : Grapple yarding
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006155980106
Date of Incident : 2006-May

During grapple yarding on the uphill side (slope 55-80 percent), a 75-foot log became dislodged. The runaway log travelled 330 feet, hit the front of the yarder, and sheared the cab from the machine, injuring the operator.
Injury Type : Serious foot injuries including multiple fractures
Core Activity : Industrial rubber belting installation and sales
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006134580177
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A worker walking across the yard of a sawmill was struck by a forklift. The worker became caught on the machine's frame and was carried approximately 21 feet.
Injury Type : Broken leg and back
Core Activity : Manual falling and bucking
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006117540145
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A faller had finished wedging a western red cedar (30 inches in diameter, 90 feet long). As the tree began to commit to the fall, the worker started to escape to a safe location but was struck on the back by a broken alder top (4 inches by 72 inches).
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Site preparation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006134530071
Date of Incident : 2006-May

An excavator severed a PVC gas line (1 3/4 inches in diameter) at a residential construction site, resulting in a major release of natural gas.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Gravel removal
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006110750167
Date of Incident : 2006-May

The bucket of an excavator entered the limits of approach of a 25-kV power line. It hooked and broke the neutral line.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Gutter installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006114550142
Date of Incident : 2006-May

Workers were taking a 56-foot section of aluminum gutter from the ground to the flat roof of a 3-storey building. The end of the gutter contacted an overhead high-voltage power line (12 kV) approximately 20 feet from the building face. One of the workers, who was on an extension ladder, fell approximately 22 feet after the contact and sustained fatal injuries.
See a slide show based on this incident:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/SlideShows.asp?ReportID=34909
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Masonry
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006110750159
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A rubber-tired, telescoping boom forklift had been parked without the wheels being chocked. About 10 minutes later, the forklift travelled 150 feet and struck a loading dock and an 11-storey person-hoist.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavation work
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006110750168
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A utility owner had located a gas line (propane). A worker tried to find the line with an excavator rather than with hand tools and severed a 3/4-inch service line.
Injury Type : Ammonia burns to arm, feet
Core Activity : Refrigeration installation, service, or repair
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006107200087
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A refrigeration technician sustained ammonia burns when liquid ammonia was unexpectedly released while he was replacing a refrigeration pump. A faulty valve upstream of the flange connection had allowed liquid ammonia to leak onto the worker.
Injury Type : Skull fracture, broken ankle, internal injuries
Core Activity : Demolition of roof trusses
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006154970239
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A young worker on a flat roof inadvertently stepped on a piece of drywall covering a ventilation shaft. The worker fell down the shaft and landed on the concrete floor more than 20 feet below. The worker was not wearing a personal fall protection system.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Ground skidding
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006101960108
Date of Incident : 2006-May

An excavator was placing felled timber for a line skidder (hoe chucking) on a steep portion of a cut block. When the operator repositioned the excavator from the trail onto a 72 percent side slope, the machine became unstable and rolled approximately 350 feet.

See a slide show about another excavator rollover:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/publications/multimedia/slideshows.asp?ReportID=34159
Injury Type : Flash burn to one eye
Core Activity : Land clearing/Construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006137101719
Date of Incident : 2006-May

An excavator was helping to construct a large retaining wall along a public roadway. The excavator contacted a 14-kV primary power line and a nearby worker sustained a flash burn from the electric arc.
Injury Type : Cuts and bruising to face, hip
Core Activity : Structural concrete formwork stripping
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006114550125
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A young worker fell approximately 13 feet from a shoring frame scaffold system, landing on a concrete slab.
Injury Type : Crushing and laceration to one finger
Core Activity : Wood products remanufacture
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006154970243
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A worker was using a picaroon to pull a piece of lumber at the planer infeed. When the worker lost his grip on the picaroon, it started to be pulled into the infeed. The worker grabbed at the picaroon so it would not go through the planer; one of the worker's hands was caught between the picaroon and the pineapple rolls.
Injury Type : Fractured wrist; compression fracture of back
Core Activity : Finishing carpentry
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006107970369
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A worker was on a ladder working on the wood trim of a fireplace. The worker fell approximately 6 feet.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : House moving
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006154960283
Date of Incident : 2006-May

While a tug crew was securing a floating barge, a mobile crane placed a steel ramp in position to provide access to the barge. The moored barge then moved away from the crane. The ramp, which was still connected to the crane, shifted away from the crane and fell into the water, causing the crane to tip over and land on the pier.
Injury Type : Multiple compound fractures of hand
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006112850380
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A young worker was cleaning up debris beneath an unscrambler that had not been locked out. When another worker inadvertently restarted the machine, the young worker's hand was pulled into the chain sprocket.
Injury Type : Cuts and bruising to face, legs
Core Activity : Scaffold erection
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006114550120
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A young worker fell approximately 10 feet from a metal scaffold system. The worker was trying to install an end frame while standing on a wooden scaffold plank.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Facility construction
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006144250126
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

During construction of an oil and gas production facility, the base pilings and beams supporting a 400-barrel tank failed. The tank fell off the base and struck another 400-barrel tank before landing on the ground. The tank split open, spilling approximately 63,000 litres of a mixture of methanol and water onto the worksite.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Interprovincial trucking
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006126770080
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A tanker truck travelling on a highway failed to negotiate a curve and rolled. The rollover caused the tanker to catch fire.
Injury Type : Violence in the workplace
Core Activity : Gas bar
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006131490134
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

Two workers and a non-worker were closing and locking a gas bar when three people approached and forced them back inside at gunpoint. The gas bar was robbed.
Injury Type : Fractured leg, lacerated scalp (non-worker)
Core Activity : Motor vehicle repair
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006145570039
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

The non-registered owner (a mechanic) of an auto repair shop was doing maintenance work on a vehicle supported by a surface-mounted automotive lift. The vehicle became unstable and fell from the lift, crushing the mechanic's leg.
Injury Type : Amputation of two fingers
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006140710341
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A worker was trying to clear a jammed piece of lumber from a lumber stacker that was not locked out. As the worker struck the jammed board with the handle of a sledge hammer, his hand was caught and drawn in between the pile of lumber and the running transfer chain.
Injury Type : Electrical burns to fingers on both hands
Core Activity : Electrical renovation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006130570177
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A worker was attempting to make a cut cable of wires safe (putting wire nuts on the ends of the wires and enclosing the cut end in a box) when he noticed it sparked on the ceiling T-bar. He tested with a volt detector and got no reading so he assumed the breaker had shorted open. One circuit had but another had not. When he started removing the wire insulation, he contacted energized conductors.
Injury Type : Pesticide poisoning, causing nausea and headache
Core Activity : Acute care hospital
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006111970107
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A patient who had ingested a pesticide vomited onto an emergency room nurse. The nurse developed symptoms consistent with poisoning by that pesticide.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Roof supply company
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006154960280
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

The operator of a crane truck was using a pendant control to rotate the vertical boom assembly within the limits of approach of an overhead high-voltage power line. The boom tip contacted the line; fortunately, the operator was able to drop the pendant control before he was injured by electricity travelling along the energized wire to the control.
Injury Type : Fatal (non-worker)
Core Activity : Acute care
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006146490031
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A volunteer in a hospital gift shop approached an agitated person in the corridor outside the gift shop. The person fatally struck the volunteer on the head.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Integrated forest management
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006138190113
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A feller-buncher rubbed against a tree, which broke and struck an overhead high-voltage power line.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006111110130
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A forklift operator was manoeuvring around the lumber storage yard while loading a trailer. While looking through the forklift mast to view the trailer, the operator lost sight of a light standard and ran into it. The impact forced both packs (bundles) off the forklift forks and they ended up on top of the crumbled light standard on the ground.
Injury Type : Fractured skull
Core Activity : Land clearing, excavation, site development
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006129730112
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A piece of lumber (2x10, 16 feet long) was being installed along the top and side of a disposal bin to make it higher. The board fell approximately 3 feet, landing on a worker standing alongside the bin.
Injury Type : Torn foot ligaments
Core Activity : Rubber mat manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006137101676
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A forklift was moving a material bin, intending to place it near a worker. The forklift braked to turn a corner and the bin fell from the forks. The worker's leg was caught between a material pallet and the rubber mat press machine.
Injury Type : Sore neck and shoulders
Core Activity : Drywalling
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006155400170
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

One worker pushed a rolling scaffold while another worker was sitting on it. The scaffold had braces missing and it twisted when pushed. The platform became dislodged, and the worker fell about 5 feet to the concrete floor.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Residential gas service installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006155070084
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

An excavator contacted a buried 240-volt electrical conductor, pulling it out of the meter base.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Townhouse construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006122700444
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

An excavator contacted an underground energized 12-kV conductor.
Injury Type : Knee injury
Core Activity : Installing underground conduit
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006155700070
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

Two workers were installing underground electrical conduit in an unshored, unsloped excavation approximately 5 feet deep. A portion of a sidewall collapsed adjacent to one worker, knocking him down and burying him up to his thigh.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Site services
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006122700443
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

An excavator snagged a utility cable, breaking the power pole and pulling down the 12-kV power line.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavation work
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006137290136
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A powered excavator struck and ruptured a pressurized main underground gas line (3-inch diameter, 80 PSI). Gas was released into the atmosphere for more than an hour before the gas company could gain control and stop the leak.
Injury Type : Fractured pelvis, arm; dislocated elbow
Core Activity : Maintenance at wood chip mill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006146890060
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A worker was loosening a bolt on a chip screen, standing about 9 feet up a 12-foot extension ladder. The unsecured ladder slipped, and the worker fell to the concrete surface below.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Ranching
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006101960082
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A rancher was operating a motorcycle when it was struck by a farm tractor.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Wood frame construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006107970266
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

An excavator pulled up a 42-mm main gas line at the header at a construction site.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Cattle ranching
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006153370068
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

While loading cattle for transport, a farm worker was struck on the head by the centre gate of a stock trailer. A bull that was being loaded had kicked the gate, causing it to strike the worker.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Framing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006107970226
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

An improperly secured wall approximately 18 feet long and 9 feet high was blown over by the wind. The wall fell from the fourth floor of a condominium to ground level.
Injury Type : Amputation of 2 fingertips
Core Activity : Framing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006107970217
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

Two workers were attempting to stand a wall 19 feet long by 9 feet high (weighing 400-600 pounds). One worker put a bar under one end of the wall to lift it while the second worker (a young worker) wedged foam under the wall. When the bar slipped, the wall came down on the second worker's fingers.
Injury Type : Lacerated forehead, hand
Core Activity : Log hauling
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006153370045
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A loaded log hauler was unable to negotiate a highway corner. It left the roadway, tipped onto its passenger side, and slid approximately 50 metres.
Injury Type : Broken shoulder, bruising
Core Activity : Crane erection
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006122700438
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A worker was knocked off a flatbed trailer while unloading a 12-foot crane jib section. The worker landed in an adjacent 9-foot excavation.
Injury Type : Head trauma; lacerations to face and upper arm
Core Activity : Ski hill
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006116180050
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A ski hill worker was skiing down the mountain during his break. He apparently lost control and fell; he was found unconscious.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Traffic control
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006107330161
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A traffic control person was about to exit a vehicle when the wind generated by a passing transport truck pulled the driver's side door open. The rear trailer of the transport struck the door.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Paving
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006111810075
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

An unattended roller compactor was parked on a sloping street. About 10 minutes after the motor had been shut off and the parking brake applied, the equipment began rolling down the street. It struck and damaged a power pole, sheared off a telephone pole, then came to rest against the steps of a building.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Crane operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006138140108
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

As a 25-ton truck-mounted crane unloaded a bundle of wood frame trusses, its load line contacted an energized 14.4-kV overhead conductor.
Injury Type : Suspected CO exposure
Core Activity : Security or patrol services
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006066220057
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A security guard was found unconscious in a parking-lot sale tent. It is suspected that the guard was overcome by carbon monoxide (CO) from exhaust produced by a gasoline-powered generator.
Injury Type : Head injuries
Core Activity : Scaffold erection
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006114550115
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A worker fell approximately 14 feet from the manufactured deck of a metal shoring frame scaffold system. A mounting hook on the scaffold deck failed, causing the deck to drop and the worker to fall.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Outdoor sport tour
Location : Northwest BC
ID Number : 2006138190110
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

During the filming of a promotional video, a snowboarder was caught in an avalanche.
Injury Type : Fractured feet and back
Core Activity : Rubber flat roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006115131163
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A worker fell 16.5 feet through a roof opening to the concrete floor below.
Injury Type : Collapsed lung, fractured ribs, internal injuries
Core Activity : Chemical pulp and paper mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006137290130
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A worker removed the drive chain from a roll kick-out arm on a pulp roll re-winder. The kick-out arm freewheeled, striking the worker and pinning him against the idler roll.
Injury Type : Broken ankle
Core Activity : Interior renovations and minor exterior work to an existing building
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006117650768
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

Two workers were working off of milk crates on top of rolling tower scaffold work platforms (work platform was 11 feet above concrete floor, plus 1 foot for milk crate). The workers were taking down structural steel members (support for rooftop air-handling units) from the underside of the Q-deck. After the weld connections were broken, one worker couldn't hold on to the structural steel member. He dropped it onto the top of the scaffold work platform, lost his balance, and fell 12 feet to the concrete slab below.
Injury Type : Exposure to trichloroethylene vapour (4 workers, several non-workers)
Core Activity : Heating/ventilation system service
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006066220055
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

Instead of the normal cleaning liquid, trichloroethylene was used to clean the outside coils of an HVAC unit on the roof of a commercial building. The vapour entered the building, affecting 4 workers and several non-workers. No one was seriously injured.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Heavy equipment or machinery rental (greater than 500 lb)
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006144250119
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

The boom of a 17-ton truck-mounted crane was damaged while trying to lift a propane skid.
Injury Type : Crush injuries to hand
Core Activity : Printing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006134580149
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A printing press operator was doing setup. When the press was inadvertently started, one hand became caught between the plate cylinder and form roller.
Injury Type : Burns to face, lower arms
Core Activity : Oil or gas production
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006144250118
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A worker was trying to clear a plugged fluid control valve at a natural gas compressor station. After part of the plug had been removed, gas started to flow rapidly. The worker ran out of the building, heard an explosion, and was engulfed in a fire ball.
Injury Type : Contusions to hands (1 worker); contusions to shoulder and back (1 worker)
Core Activity : Window cleaning
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006147280116
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

Two workers were landing a suspended work platform at the bottom of a window-cleaning drop. The power cable servicing the work platform, with an eye-bolt and carabiner attached, fell approximately 38 storeys and struck the workers.
Injury Type : Compound fracture of leg
Core Activity : Siding
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006115131160
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A young worker fell 10 feet to grade from the unguarded edge of a balcony.
Injury Type : Puncture wound to thigh
Core Activity : Truss installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006155270167
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A young worker was working in the rain, using a pneumatic nail gun to fasten braces between roof trusses. He was standing with one foot on the bottom of each of two adjacent trusses. As he prepared to fire a nail, one foot slipped and the worker inadvertently squeezed the trigger. The gun tip pressed his leg and discharged.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Concrete formwork and tower crane operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006115131145
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A tower crane contacted a 12.5-kV power line.
Injury Type : Amputation of three fingertips
Core Activity : Shake and shingle mill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006136050060
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A shake and shingle sawyer was cutting blocks when his hand inadvertently contacted the guarded blade of the head saw.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Land clearing, excavation, or site surface work
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006117080143
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A backhoe's hoe ram (attached to its boom) contacted an energized high-voltage underground conductor.
Injury Type : Fatal (non-worker)
Core Activity : Solid waste management
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006111110108
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A body of a non-worker was found among solid waste materials that a front-load disposal unit had dumped at a transfer station. A criminal investigation is underway.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Mechanized tree falling
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006116270078
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A feller-buncher operator had cut a 23-inch tree with a single cut when the tree spun in the grab arms due to a sweep in the stem. The tree forced open the grab arms then fell uncontrolled. The upper 10 feet of the tree contacted a 138-kV power line and stretched it to the ground.
Injury Type : Shoulder and wrist pain
Core Activity : Concrete formwork
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006155070070
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A worker climbed down a wooden gang form onto a 6-foot aluminum ladder that was missing a rung. Forgetting about the missing rung, the worker descended the ladder, let go, and fell 3.5 feet onto a concrete surface.
Injury Type : Amputation of two fingers
Core Activity : Wooden component manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006090580235
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A young worker was cutting 2x4 blocks with a 16-inch-diameter jump saw when his hand was caught.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Oil or gas well drilling
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006144250115
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

During gas well drilling operations, a gas kick occurred, causing an uncontrolled release of an oil base drilling fluid and natural gas at the surface. The driller could not get to the brake handle of the drawworks, which allowed the main line to unwind off the drawworks drum and resulted in the lifting assembly dropping to the drilling rig floor.
Injury Type : Violence in the workplace
Core Activity : Retail
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006154960262
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

Shortly after store closing, a person with a knife approached a worker in the retail sales area. The person forced the worker to unlock the cash room and open the vault, then stole an undisclosed amount of cash.
Injury Type : Violence in the workplace
Core Activity : Beer and wine retail store
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006130570128
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

Three hooded persons entered a beer and wine store and threatened a young worker with what appeared to be bear spray. They left with several bottles of hard liquor.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Fire brigade
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006137160063
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A volunteer firefighter collapsed during a training session.
Injury Type : Concussion; neck and back strains
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006110210159
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A worker was trying to straighten a skewed load on the bin sorter chain by pulling with a pike pole. When the pike pole suddenly came loose, the worker fell backwards, striking his head.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Structural concrete forming
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006114550116
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

When a tower crane lost power, it also lost control and the operator could not raise the load block or trolley in. The crane was slewing (turning) at the time and the brake did come on but not in time to stop the rigging attached to the load block from contacting high-voltage power lines.
Injury Type : Fractured pelvis, dislocated shoulder
Core Activity : Placement of reinforcing steel
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006117080139
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A worker was on a wall form (gang form) placing reinforcing steel. His work positioning hook was incorrectly anchored on an open-ended reinforcing vertical steel bar. When he released his weight off his work-positioning belt, its hook slid off the open-ended bar. The worker fell backwards from the gang form and landed on the concrete slab below.
Injury Type : Stab wounds
Core Activity : Pub, bar, nightclub, or lounge
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006115420054
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A security worker was stabbed by a patron.
Injury Type : Fractured vertebra
Core Activity : Auto glass warehouse
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006143950071
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

Two workers were unloading a metal windshield finger rack off the back of a 5-ton truck. One worker was up in the back of the truck, one on the ground. The worker on the ground tripped and fell backwards, landing on his back on the concrete floor. The metal rack landed on his leg.
Injury Type : Degloving and crush injuries to forearm
Core Activity : Cardboard or paper container manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006105910109
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A worker was operating a printer slotter. As he attempted to straighten a cardboard sheet, the machine cycled and his hand and forearm were pulled into the infeed rolls.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : House or other wood frame construction or renovation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006138140093
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

The load line of a self-erecting crane contacted an overhead 120-volt secondary service line.
Injury Type : 3rd- and 4th-degree electrical burns (non-worker)
Core Activity : Pruning trees
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006147230020
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

One owner of an unregistered partnership was pruning in a tree when his aluminum-handled pruner contacted a 14.4-kV power line.


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