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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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2008 Jan - Mar


Injury Type : Knee injury
Core Activity : Tug and barge operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161530014
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A vessel was towing a barge on a river. As the vessel attempted to reposition the barge, the cable backing broke free from the towing vessel's bow. The towline struck a worker on the barge.
Injury Type : Fractured leg
Core Activity : Heavy equipment parts installation
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008154850049
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A trash compactor plate on a garbage truck had become stuck. Two workers tried unsuccessfully to free it. After one worker left the area, the other worker (a young worker) noticed that the compactor plate had come free and was starting to fall. The young worker tried to get clear, but was struck by the falling plate, which weighed about 1,000 pounds.
Injury Type : Fatal (non-worker); minor injuries (2 workers)
Core Activity : Recyclable material removal
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008115520062
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

To avoid hitting a car that stopped suddenly, a truck veered onto the median, striking several lamp standards. It struck and fatally injured a pedestrian before hitting a pickup truck and finally coming to a stop. The two workers in the truck sustained minor injuries.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injuries (2 workers)
Core Activity : Residential care facility
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157570075
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A resident of a care facility physically assaulted two workers.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Paper products manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157570073
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A cable on a bridge crane snapped when the hook block pulley contacted the bridge. A load was being side-pulled, causing the pulley to bypass the limit switches.
Injury Type : Multiple broken bones, head contusion
Core Activity : Installing exterior fibre insulation
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008161290044
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A young worker on a scaffold fell about 27 feet (8 metres) to the concrete slab below, striking two scaffold planks about halfway down. The scaffold had both guardrails and mid-rails.
Injury Type : Burns (2 workers)
Core Activity : Restaurant
Location : BC
ID Number : 2008157570084
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

Two young workers were burned when one of them tripped while carrying an open container of hot oil.
Injury Type : Exposure to hydrocarbon gas causing temporary loss of consciousness (2 workers); hydrocarbon inhalation (1 worker)
Core Activity : Tank cleaning
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008153370102
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A worker entered a tank trailer used to haul oilfield fluids, intending to clean out solid wastes on the tank's bottom. Using a fire hose, he washed the solids toward the tank sump. The process of washing released hydrocarbon gas trapped in the solids, and this gas displaced the oxygen in the tank. The worker lost consciousness. A second worker entered the tank to rescue the first worker, but also lost consciousness. A third worker entered the tank to rescue the others but exited soon after because he felt dizzy. A fourth worker put on a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), entered the tank, and removed the first two workers. No ventilation, continuous air monitoring equipment, or rescue services were in place before workers entered the tank (a confined space).
See information about working safely in different types of confined spaces:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Topics/ConfinedSpaces/Resources.asp
Injury Type : Fractured arm
Core Activity : Tree services
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008114050074
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

Workers were removing beetle-killed trees adjacent to roadside overhead high-voltage conductors. One tree was felled through standing timber. It brushed another standing tree, causing the broken top of the standing tree to be flung forward. The broken top struck a ground worker.
Injury Type : Fractured arm
Core Activity : Fish farming
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008157490127
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A worker at a fish farm fell while working on the fish pen system.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Integrated logging
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008034450222
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A feller buncher was falling an area of insect-killed pine. The operator clamped two 14-inch-diameter pine trees. The dry tops of the pines broke off and fell, striking the feller buncher's escape hatch. The hatch dislodged, allowing debris to enter the cab.

The manufacturer has recalled this type of escape hatch and is offering an upgrade to prevent hatches from dislodging in future.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Oilfield hauling
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008144250041
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

The camp buildings for a drilling rig were being moved through an area where they had to pass under high-voltage overhead power lines. A worker was holding up the neutral wire using an old 16-foot hot stick (certification had expired). After the last load had passed under the wire, the neutral wire slipped off the hot stick and contacted the live single-phase 14.4-kV line. The worker was not injured.
Injury Type : Bruised hand
Core Activity : Moulding manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008107970159
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A young worker was trying to remove a moisture meter from a board that was entering a 4-sided planer. The worker's hand was drawn into the feed rollers.
Injury Type : Facial laceration
Core Activity : Land clearing and excavation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008107970131
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A young worker was using a 20-pound cut-off saw to cut a 6-inch sewer pipe. As the cut was almost complete, the pipe broke and pinched the blade. The saw kicked back and the blade lacerated the young worker's face.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Wood pellet manufacture
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008140710294
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

An explosion and fire occurred in the dust collection system (baghouse). There was significant mechanical damage but no one was injured.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : General trucking
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008058250177
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A bin truck parked beneath the overhead shavings bin at a mill to load up. The driver left the truck to operate the controls for loading. The truck's maxi brake had not been set, and the truck rolled down a slight incline and struck the planer building approximately 189 feet away.
Injury Type : Broken ribs
Core Activity : Concrete pump manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157560107
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A worker fell off the deck of a concrete pump.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Log hauling
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008124490031
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A loaded logging truck travelling downhill on a highway failed to negotiate a tight left-hand curve. The trailer flopped onto its side while still on the highway, then slid into the ditch. The driver was thrown around in the cab of the truck and sustained fatal injuries.
Injury Type : Broken vertebrae
Core Activity : House construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008116120063
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A worker fell off a steep roof (slope of 8/12). The distance from the roof edge to ground was approximately 19 feet.
Injury Type : Internal injuries
Core Activity : Conveyor belt installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008147230040
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

Two workers were using the flat deck of a 1-ton truck as a table to vulcanize a new belt for a conveyor system. One worker drove the truck forward about 6 inches to give more room to lift the belt onto the truck bed. The other worker went behind the truck to lift the end section of the 40-inch-wide rubber belt. When the first worker got out of the truck to assist the second worker, the truck started to roll backwards. The second worker was trapped between the frame of the truck's deck and the steel support structure of the conveyor system.
Injury Type : Multiple broken bones
Core Activity : Construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157270088
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A worker was on a scissor lift (extended 23 feet) installing a sprinkler system in the drive-through wash bay of a commercial building. The lift was knocked over by a powered garage door inadvertently activated by another worker.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Concrete pumping
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008145130115
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A concrete pump truck tipped over sideways while pumping concrete. Its boom was fully extended (32 metres) but the outriggers were not fully extended. No one was injured but two buildings were damaged.
Injury Type : Bruising
Core Activity : Logging road construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008113820085
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

Two workers were travelling in a pickup truck on a forest service road covered in fresh snow when the vehicle went out of control and rolled. One worker sustained minor injuries.
Injury Type : Hand injuries including lacerations
Core Activity : Rubber rebuilding
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008128220053
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A rubber liner was being pulled through a pipe using a nylon rope and forklift. The rope, which was under tension, snapped and the ejected end struck a worker's hand.
Injury Type : Fractured leg
Core Activity : Manual falling
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008137160026
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A faller was trying to fall a small hemlock tree (6-inch diameter, 67 feet tall), when it became hung up in a standing tree. As the faller walked under the hung-up hemlock to reach the base of the standing tree (intending to fall both trees together), the hemlock dislodged and hit the faller.
Injury Type : Puncture wound to eye
Core Activity : Household appliance repair and installation
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008157440066
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A worker was replacing a tension spring on a household appliance. As the worker was pulling on the spring with needle-nose pliers, the pliers slipped off the spring and struck the worker's eye.
Injury Type : Amputated fingertip
Core Activity : Auto service and repair
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008147230034
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

Three workers were manually lowering a car transmission unit weighing approximately 100 pounds from a stand to floor level. One of the workers (a young worker) had his hand under the unit and it was pinned against the concrete floor. The oil pan had been removed from the unit, leaving a sharp edge that injured the worker's finger.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Cable or hi-lead logging
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008113820086
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

An operator was walking a grapple yarder across a wooden box culvert about 6 metres long. Several log stringers broke under the yarder's weight, and the yarder fell through the culvert and rolled over into the creek bed below.
Injury Type : Burns to exposed skin (2 workers)
Core Activity : Oil or gas well servicing and repair
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008154930090
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

At a gas well site, workers were trying to ventilate a building and make repairs. The building exploded while workers were in and around the building.
Injury Type : Back injuries (1 worker); cuts and scratches (1 worker)
Core Activity : Roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161760199
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A truck-mounted crane was offloading plywood onto a cedar-shingle roof. As the plywood was being stacked on top of a pallet of shingles, the shingles slid down the roof. The sliding shingles hooked the vertical lifelines belonging to two workers and detached the roof anchor to which both workers were attached. The workers were pulled off the roof and fell just over 16 feet to the ground.
See WorkSafeBC's toolbox guides about safe work practices for roofers:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Portals/Construction/ToolboxMeetingGuides-Topic.asp?ReportID=34368
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Trawl fishing
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008161530008
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A fishing vessel with 5 crew on board caught fire while at sea. The crew put out the fire and took the vessel to port for repairs.
Injury Type : Third-degree burns (1 worker); smoke inhalation (1 worker)
Core Activity : Wood products plant maintenance
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008154930093
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

Two workers were on a moveable work platform at a wood products plant, cleaning materials in the ceiling above a board press. They were exposed to a flash fire and smoke, then scalded by hot water discharged from the fire suppression system.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Crane operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008115132097
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

As a tower crane was slewing, its jib contacted the boom of a mobile crane. The tower crane operator had not been notified that the mobile crane was in his airspace.
Injury Type : Concussion, soft-tissue injuries
Core Activity : Warehouse operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008110210040
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

As furniture was being unloaded from a trailer, a 42-kg box fell from above and struck a worker.
Injury Type : Multiple fractures
Core Activity : Gillnet fishing
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008113820084
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A worker was caught in the net of a rotating gillnet drum.
See a hazard alert poster about this incident:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/posters.asp?ReportID=35099
Injury Type : Fatal (non-worker)
Core Activity : Wooden post manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008160530067
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A non-worker was using a 6-foot-long 4x6 log to pry up the track of a crawler tractor after hours. The track slipped, and the log knocked the person to the ground, causing fatal injuries. Police are investigating.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Cardboard manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008093690060
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

The drive shaft for a corrugator's slitter/scorer knife head seized while the machine was operating. As the knife head cycled to the "home" position, it pulled the seized shaft out of position. The drive shaft, which was 1.5 inches in diameter and 12 feet long, travelled approximately 9 feet outside of the corrugator area. It penetrated the wall of an adjacent electrical room and knocked over a series of 440-volt electric panels.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Natural gas pipeline construction
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008154930092
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

During installation of a natural gas distribution line, a rubber-tired backhoe contacted an underground high-voltage conductor.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Tower crane operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008115132093
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

The controls of a tower crane failed, causing the hook and block assembly to contact the underside of the jib and break the hoist line. The hook and block assembly, weighing approximately 700 pounds, fell approximately 80 feet to the roadway below.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Tower crane operations
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008115132092
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

The securing pin on the hoist winch drum of a self-erecting tower crane failed. The hoist line spooled off the drum, and the hoist line, hook and block assembly, and load fell to the ground.
Injury Type : Amputated finger
Core Activity : Heavy equipment repair
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008143950092
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A worker's finger was caught in the hydraulic pin on heavy equipment.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injuries to leg
Core Activity : Manual falling
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008137160016
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

As a faller was falling a danger tree, it struck a previously felled tree. The previously felled tree bounced and flipped the faller into the air.
Injury Type : Head and back pain
Core Activity : Mixing soil for composting
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008147230030
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A front-end loader had emptied its bucket on a dump pile. It was backing away with the bucket still elevated when one front wheel went over the edge of unbermed roadway. The loader rolled over, injuring the operator (a young worker).
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Tower crane disassembly
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008107970109
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

As a self-erecting tower crane was being disassembled, the erection cable inside the mast came off the sheave and was damaged.
Injury Type : Amputation of 4 fingers
Core Activity : Shingle mill
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008158910052
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A worker's hand contacted an energized clipper saw (trim saw) on a shingle machine.
Injury Type : Crushing injuries
Core Activity : Oilfield trucking
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008153370075
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

An oilfield bed truck was towing a service rig pumper truck up a steep section of petroleum development road in slippery winter road conditions. However, the bed truck itself lost traction, and a young worker went to unhook the winch line connecting the two trucks. While the worker was between the trucks, the bed truck slid backwards, pinning the worker between the back of the bed truck and the front of the pumper truck.
Injury Type : Exposure to airborne mercury
Core Activity : Partial demolition of building
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008111970075
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

Workers removing asbestos-containing roofing felt discovered approximately 30 grams of elemental mercury in the roof decking. Their HEPA vacuum had inadvertently picked up and dispersed some of the mercury. A mercury analyzer measured airborne concentrations in the work area of up to 2.5 mg/m3 (10 times the 8-hour exposure limit). Two workers were directly exposed to mercury and seven others were in the vicinity.
Injury Type : Amputation of fingertip
Core Activity : Woodworking shop
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008155980025
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A worker was cutting a strip of plywood on a table saw. He was using a push stick with one hand when a finger on his other hand contacted the saw blade.
Injury Type : Possible exposure to an unknown gas (5 workers)
Core Activity : Food preparation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008090880050
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

Workers in a food preparation area reported smelling gas. The workers started to feel nauseous and tired.
Injury Type : Violence in the workplace
Core Activity : Convenience store at a gas bar
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008108320005
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

Late in the evening, a lone worker was assaulted by a masked intruder.
See a handbook from WorkSafeBC about safety for retail operations including convenience stores:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Portals/SmallBusiness/Resources.asp?ReportID=34996
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Building renovation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157560086
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A worker was hand digging ahead of a backhoe, trying to locate a gas line. The worker misjudged the depth of his digging, which resulted in the backhoe rupturing the 1.25-inch gas line.
Injury Type : Head injury with temporary loss of consciousness, fractured vertebrae
Core Activity : Gas manufacture and delivery (by truck)
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008155980028
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A worker was standing on a 10-foot ladder inserting a filler hose into a carbon dioxide tank. The hose came undone and struck the worker's head. The worker fell to the ground (7 feet).
Injury Type : Exposure to hydrogen sulfide gas
Core Activity : Natural gas field operation
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008153370048
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

An oil and gas field operator went to a well to remove sulfur from a regenerator cooler. The worker entered the dehydration building and started flowing hot gas from the regeneration separator through the regeneration cooler. His personal monitor detected rapidly increasing levels of H2S (hydrogen sulfide). When it went into alarm at 10 ppm, he left the dehydration building. The facility's H2S monitors then detected the gas, and at 20 ppm initiated a well-site emergency shutdown, de-pressurizing the facility. The maximum reading recorded by the operator's personal H2S monitor was 69 ppm.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Wood-frame construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008115132090
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

At a construction site, a forklift was unloading building materials from a flatbed truck. In the process, the forklift backed into a 4-foot-deep excavation, toppled, and landed upside down.
Injury Type : Head injuries
Core Activity : Cutting trees for firewood
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008152480070
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A worker was attempting to fall a large maple tree (50 feet tall, 15 inches in diameter). The tree split (creating a barberchair) and struck the worker's head.
Injury Type : Burns to arms, legs
Core Activity : Electrical installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008117080094
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A worker was installing a fibreglass bell cover guard over an inadequately insulated 600-volt spliced connection on a temporary electrical pole. The split bolt connections had been previously spliced to join the 600-volt electrical wires. The live electrical connections contacted each other, causing several fireballs.
Injury Type : Burns
Core Activity : Oil or gas production
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008144250097
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A young worker was trying to light the pilot light of a propane furnace in a trailer recently delivered to the oil and gas well drilling site. The building exploded with the worker inside the building.
Injury Type : Fractured leg, head contusion
Core Activity : Retrieving roofing supplies at warehouse
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008105910065
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A worker had been asked to hold 10 sheets of plywood stacked vertically against a wall. While a co-worker was retrieving a specific sheet of plywood, the 10 sheets started to fall forward. The worker holding the stack moved backwards and caught one foot in the rungs of a ladder lying on the floor. He fell backwards and the sheets of plywood landed on top of him.
Injury Type : Chemical burns
Core Activity : Brewery
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008146890204
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A young worker was removing the circulating apparatus from a fermentation tank that had been rinsed with a caustic solution. The caustic agent had been mixed with hot water to a concentration of about 2 percent. Some of the solution splashed onto the worker, causing burns.
Injury Type : Fractured pelvis, leg; head injuries
Core Activity : Insulation work
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008145130093
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A worker was installing batt insulation. He was working outside the guardrails and was not wearing personal fall protection equipment. The worker fell approximately 20 feet down a stairwell.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Road construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008114550049
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

An excavator with a hammer-and-drill attachment was travelling on a highway with the drill rig attachment in the vertical position. The attachment snagged a telecommunications line that crossed the highway, breaking a power pole and bringing down the neutral and 12-kV lines.
Injury Type : Temporary loss of consciousness, hip injury, head laceration
Core Activity : Distribution centre
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008128220043
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A worker fell from an order picker, landing on the ground about 9 feet below. The worker was not wearing the fall protection attached to the machine.
Injury Type : Facial injuries
Core Activity : Dryland sort
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008136960111
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A can of paint exploded in a debris fire. A young worker sustained facial injuries.
Injury Type : Head injury
Core Activity : Commercial construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008119700024
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A worker was adjusting stair risers when he fell through a stair opening to the second floor landing, which was 7.5 feet below.
Injury Type : Fractured vertebrae
Core Activity : Ski hill operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008122700033
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A ski hill worker hit a rock and was ejected from his skis.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Lifting fuel tank
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008154850040
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A 22-ton truck-mounted hydraulic crane was attempting to lift a horizontal fuel tank (weighing 34,000 pounds) off a low-bed truck trailer. The bolts holding the crane turntable broke and the boom came down on the fuel tank.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Gravel hauling
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008158820077
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A dump truck left a residential worksite with its box raised. The truck travelled down several streets, pulling down numerous telecommunications lines. The box eventually snagged a power line, which stopped the truck. Several power poles and high-voltage wires were severed and torn down.
Injury Type : Scrapes and bruises
Core Activity : Siding installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008162000080
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A worker was installing siding on the gable end of a house, working from a ladder set up on a scaffold work platform. The worker fell 16 feet onto a concrete walkway. The scaffold was not suitable for the work performed and did not meet acceptable standards.
Injury Type : Amputation of fingers of one hand
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2008140970163
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A worker was about to grease a bearing on a wood waste conveying and screening system (hog disc scalper). As he reached through a gear-and-sprocket drive, another worker started the equipment, which had not been locked out.
Injury Type : Crush injuries to leg
Core Activity : Water well drilling
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008105210010
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

During drilling of a water well, the drop hammer (weighing 2,200 pounds) free-fell. A worker's leg was pinned between the drop hammer and the holding table.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Concrete pumping
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157530058
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A fully extended concrete pump truck lost stability and tipped over. A locking mechanism did not engage when the stabilizer was fully extended, and the worker had not been trained to verify that the locking mechanism was engaged.
Injury Type : Bruising of lower back
Core Activity : Warehouse
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008110210033
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A worker turned a forklift the wrong direction and became pinned with his back against storage racking.
Injury Type : Fatal (2 workers)
Core Activity : Carpet and upholstery cleaning
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008128220038
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

Two workers were cleaning carpets in an unoccupied home using a truck-mounted unit powered by gasoline. The truck was parked in an attached garage with the main garage door closed. The door into the home was open so the hoses could run from the cleaning unit into the house. The workers both died of carbon monoxide exposure.
See a hazard alert poster about this incident:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/posters.asp?ReportID=34979
Injury Type : Back pain
Core Activity : Transporting carnival ride
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008152480056
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

On a highway, a 1-ton pickup truck towing a carnival ride lost control. The truck crossed two lanes of traffic before coming to rest.
Injury Type : Concussion, soft-tissue injury
Core Activity : Warehousing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008158910039
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A warehouse worker was inside a partially loaded 53-foot semi-trailer. The worker fell backwards approximately 4.5 feet from the top of a loaded pallet onto the floor of the trailer.
Injury Type : Exposure to bear mace
Core Activity : Beer and wine store
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008152480061
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

Robbers stole liquor after pepper-spraying the lone employee in the face.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavating a trench
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161950065
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

An excavator was digging a trench for the installation of a water main. Its bucket inadvertently contacted and ruptured a natural gas line.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Marine drydock
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008114550046
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

An 85-ton gantry crane was travelling on the dock when it struck the raised basket of a boom lift.
Injury Type : Bruising, minor cuts
Core Activity : Ski hill operation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008105210001
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A snowmobile collided with a snowcat. The operator of the snowmobile jumped off before contact and sustained minor injuries.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Recreation facility
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008110750048
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A double overhead monitor fell from its mounts on the ceiling above the bowling lanes.
Injury Type : Fractured bone in foot and leg
Core Activity : Warehouse operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008117930028
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A worker was about 20 feet above grade, unloading boxes from an order picker onto the storage racking. The worker was not wearing fall protection. Some of the stacked, off-loaded boxes fell and knocked him off the order picker. He landed feet-first on the concrete floor.
Injury Type : Bruised back
Core Activity : Unloading steel rebar from delivery vehicle
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161950063
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A worker was standing on a load of reinforcing steel rebar on a flatbed trailer. As the worker tried to untangle material on the trailer, he fell to the ground (about 8 feet) and landed on his back.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Installing and operating swing-stage work platform
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161950062
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

Four workers were raising a suspended swing-stage work platform from the ground to an intermediate roof location. As the work platform was raised, a wire rope suspension line supporting the swing-stage equipment contacted a 12-kV power line and broke. The power line fell to the ground near the swing-stage equipment.
Injury Type : Head laceration
Core Activity : Cable yarding
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008156160066
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

During cable yarding, a hooktender was working on a steep slope. He slipped on the snow pack and fell amid logging debris.
Injury Type : Fractured skull, concussion
Core Activity : Butcher shop
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008058250152
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A worker in a butcher shop was on a ladder cleaning the cooler rails with a pressure washer. The worker fell off the ladder and landed on the cement floor about 3 metres below.
Injury Type : Fractured and lacerated arm
Core Activity : Recycling depot
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008110750045
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A young worker was instructed to use a 55-ton power press to bend a "grouser bar" to fit a worn track pad for a tracked front-end loader. The bar broke and was ejected, hitting the worker. The safeguards were not in place on the press and the manufacturer's instructions were not being followed.
Injury Type : Ankle injuries, whiplash
Core Activity : Building maintenance
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008154900022
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A worker climbed a fixed ladder to access a roof hatch. While trying to unlock the roof hatch, the worker dropped the key, which fell through the open-grate floor onto the roof insulation below. The worker climbed over a guardrail to retrieve the key, believing there was plywood under the insulation. However, there was no plywood and the worker fell through the T-bar ceiling and landed on the floor about 15 feet below.
Injury Type : Compression fracture of vertebra (1 worker); soft-tissue injuries (9 workers)
Core Activity : Emergency services
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008102100082
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

In icy road conditions, a semi-trailer lost control and jackknifed, triggering a series of collisions. Responding emergency vehicles also lost control and were involved in two more collisions. Ten emergency workers were injured.
Injury Type : Broken bone in face
Core Activity : Metal product manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008160530032
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A worker was polishing a curled piece of iron on a homemade mounted wire brush machine without a protective guard. The piece of iron (7.5 inches long, weighing about half a pound) was pulled from the worker's hand and projected through the air. It struck the worker's face.
Injury Type : First-degree burns
Core Activity : Property management
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008115520039
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A worker was trying to re-light the pilot light of a boiler/radiator in an apartment complex. An explosion occurred, and the worker was burned in the resulting flash fire. The boiler had previously been serviced by an unlicensed technician, who had bypassed the pilot and the main gas relays inside the controller. This bypass caused a continuous gas supply to the pilot light. When the worker later tried to re-light the pilot light, the abundant supply of gas caused the explosion and fire.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Industrial supply
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008102100059
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A truck-mounted crane was unloading roofing materials at a job site. The loading forks (attached to the lift line hook) inadvertently contacted an overhead 25-kV conductor.
Injury Type : First-degree burns to upper body
Core Activity : General trucking
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008110750042
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A truck began to sputter, suggesting that it was low on fuel. When the operator ignited a pocket lighter to see into the fuel tank, a flash fire resulted.
Injury Type : Multiple injuries to upper body
Core Activity : Residential care services
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157570058
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A residential care worker was physically assaulted by a client.
Injury Type : Minor injuries to hip, leg
Core Activity : Wood frame construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008112850037
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A worker was chipping concrete while standing on a folding ladder. The ladder collapsed, and the worker fell about 5 feet.
Injury Type : Back and shoulder pain, head laceration
Core Activity : Project layout
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008154970157
Date of Incident : 2008-Mar

A young worker was walking on an elevated walkway between 2 buildings (gap of 4 feet) when the planks gave way. The worker fell 19.5 feet to grade. The worker may have bounced off the cross braces of an erected scaffold, lessening the impact of the fall.
Injury Type : Severed finger ligaments
Core Activity : Wholesale delivery
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008145570027
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

As a truck driver manoeuvred a loading dock plate into position to make a delivery, his hand was pinched between the dock plate and lifting handle. Fire and rescue personnel freed the worker.
Injury Type : Head trauma
Core Activity : Exterior painting
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008155070040
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A painter working from a ladder fell 22 feet to grade.
Injury Type : Amputated foot, injuries to other leg
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008130570080
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A worker attempted to clear a trim block box under a trim saw. One foot was amputated by the trim saw and the opposite leg was also injured.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Concrete placing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008117080079
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

As concrete was being placed in a blind wall form, the end bulkhead of the wall form collapsed.
Injury Type : Compound fractures and tissue damage to arm
Core Activity : Food product manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008147280043
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A worker removed a guard to clean the screen of a rotating filter for a fryer. The worker's sleeve got caught in power transmission parts.
Injury Type : Violence in the workplace
Core Activity : Gas station and convenience store
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008158910036
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

Early in the morning, a masked person entered the small store of a gas station, produced a knife, and cornered the lone worker. The intruder threatened the worker while demanding money from both the cash till and the drop safe. The worker complied and the robber fled.
Find out about safety requirements for working alone:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Safety/ProposedAmendments.asp
Injury Type : Crush injuries to foot and ankle
Core Activity : Warehouse operation
Location : BC
ID Number : 2008157410040
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A new and young worker was operating a stand-up counter-balanced lift truck in a warehouse. As the lift truck backed up, one of the worker's feet was pinned between the lift truck's platform and a steel pillar.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Traffic control
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008113830048
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A motor vehicle struck a traffic control person.
See a hazard alert based on this incident:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/publications/posters.asp?reportID=35319
Injury Type : Injuries to head
Core Activity : Log hauling
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008140970137
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A logging truck travelling on a public highway was coming out of a curve onto a straight section when it went off the right side of the road and into a ditch. The operator's head struck the roof of the cab.
Injury Type : Hand abrasion, heart palpitations
Core Activity : Cleaning and maintenance of aircraft
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008146170024
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A young worker was vacuuming inside a docked float plane. As he exited the aircraft, he lost his footing and fell into the water still holding the vacuum cleaner, which was plugged into the main electrical socket on the dock. The socket was not equipped with a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Concrete pumping
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008155070036
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

The boom of a concrete pump truck contacted a 12-kV overhead power line. The conductor was not severed and no one was injured.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Gas bar
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008109910045
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A steel manhole cover flew through the air at a supermarket gas bar. The cover had been propelled by an underground explosion. The cause of the explosion has yet to be determined.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Concrete pumping
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161950059
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A concrete pump was placing concrete on the sixth floor of a residential highrise building under construction. The boom of the concrete pump collided with the counter-jib (rear horizontal machinery arm) of a tower crane.
Injury Type : Head injury, fractures, internal injuries
Core Activity : House renovation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008155070034
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A worker fell 17.5 feet from the eaves of a low-slope roof onto a concrete driveway.
Injury Type : Amputated arm
Core Activity : Shake and shingle mill
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008137160011
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

The circular saw blade of a shingle machine came off the arbour at full speed, amputating the arm of a sawyer.
Injury Type : 2 fractured fingers
Core Activity : Planing mill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008131490073
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A worker was clearing crossed boards at the infeed area of the planer machine. One hand was caught between the board he was holding and an energized, rotating pineapple roll.
Injury Type : Fractured ribs, internal bruising
Core Activity : Tree trimming and falling
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008105910045
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

An arborist was trimming and cutting a Douglas fir at a residential site. After cutting a large block from the top of the trunk, he let the block fall to the ground below (40 feet). A ground worker was struck by the block of wood.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavation of dirt road preparing for concrete pour
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008113830052
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

An excavator was attempting to remove a power company protective post. The underground wires were displaced, and the primary lines in the transformer exploded.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Integrated forest management
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008137290041
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A log loader was being transported on a low-bed truck when its boom contacted an overhead high-voltage power line.
Injury Type : Violence in the workplace
Core Activity : Self-service gas bar and retail outlet
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008105910041
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A lone worker was behind the service counter in the retail outlet of a gas bar when a person came into the store, produced a knife and a bag, and demanded money. The worker opened the cash register and let the robber take the money. The robber then left and the worker immediately locked the door and called the police.
Find out about requirements for working alone:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Safety/ProposedAmendments.asp
Injury Type : Deep laceration to hand
Core Activity : Meat cutting
Location : BC
ID Number : 2008105910040
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A worker was cutting up large pieces of bone-in meat using an electric band saw. After one bone had passed through the saw, a tiny piece of skin remained in a crease in the table near the blade. While the saw was still running, the worker tried to remove the piece of skin and one hand slid into the saw blade.
Injury Type : Strains, bruises, compression injuries
Core Activity : Sour gas well drilling
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008154930057
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A worker was working up in the derrick on a drilling rig when the retractable lifeline that is part of the fall protection system was caught by the drilling rig's top-drive unit (which rotates the drill pipe). The downward motion of the top-drive unit pulled the worker down and pinned him against the elevated work platform (monkey board). The top-drive unit was stopped at this point, preventing further serious injury to this worker.
Injury Type : Facial laceration, cracked collarbone and kneecap (1 worker); soft-tissue injuries (non-worker); broken ribs and finger, facial laceration (non-worker)
Core Activity : Charter boat operation
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008113820044
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A dive charter vessel ran aground. The vessel was travelling at approximately 15 nautical miles per hour in conditions of poor visibility, with dense fog and no wind. The operator of the vessel and two passengers were evacuated onto a fishing vessel that heard the dive vessel's distress call.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Logging road construction
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008137290038
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

During combined mechanical and manual tree falling for a road right-of-way, a portion of a tree contacted an overhead power line.
Injury Type : Exposure to H2S gas; temporary loss of consciousness
Core Activity : Chemical and fluid hauling
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008154930042
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

At an oil and gas tank rental company, a yard worker was exposed to hydrogen sulfide (H2S) vapours venting from a tank truck. The worker was on the access ladder of the truck, and the H2S gas caused him to lose consciousness and fall. The worker's head struck the ground.
See a slide show about the hazard of H2S with tanker trucks:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/SlideShows.asp?ReportID=33842
Injury Type : Lacerated forehead
Core Activity : Warehouse operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157450028
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A forklift with a clamp attachment hit a post in a warehouse. The operator's forehead struck the rear-view mirror.
Injury Type : Facial laceration, bruised arm, broken bones in hand
Core Activity : Building construction
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008154930041
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A worker was attacked by another worker on a construction site.
Injury Type : Severe concussion
Core Activity : Highrise construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157560055
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A worker was crouching below one end of a 16-foot-long 4x6 that had been set on a stack of scaffold material 4 to 5 feet high. As a second worker dropped the opposite end of the 4x6, the end near the crouching worker came off the stack and struck the back of the worker's neck.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavation work
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008145130058
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A backhoe ruptured a natural gas line while digging an excavation for a footing.
Injury Type : Sore knee
Core Activity : Greenhouse
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008128220031
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A worker jumped out of a falling scissor-lift picking cart, landing on the ground (about 6 feet below).
Injury Type : Back injury
Core Activity : Greenhouse
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008128220029
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A worker fell 6 feet from a falling scissor-lift picking cart.
Injury Type : Elbow and knee injury
Core Activity : Metal deck installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008117080056
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A worker was using a lifeline and rope grab attached to the D-ring on his full-body safety harness. As he was walking on an I-beam, his lifeline got snagged and he fell about 15 feet to grade. His fall was not arrested by his fall protection system because the lifeline was too slack.
Injury Type : Fractured vertebrae
Core Activity : Bridge and overpass construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008128230070
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A worker was accessing the roof of an 8-foot-high storage container using a 16-foot extension ladder. The ladder had not been secured, and as the worker stepped off the ladder onto the roof, the base of the ladder slipped out. The worker fell 8 feet to the concrete floor.
See a list of resources about safe use of ladders:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Portals/SmallBusiness/EquipmentSafety.asp?ReportID=32814
Injury Type : Sore shoulder
Core Activity : Log hauling
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008058250108
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A loaded 8-axle log truck was travelling to a sawmill. As it was negotiating a left-leaning bend in the road, the trailer's back wheels went over a small bank. The trailer and truck tipped onto the driver's side.
Injury Type : Head injury
Core Activity : Maintenance on light rapid transit system
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008154900016
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

Two workers arrived at a job site to scope out the work required to connect a new duct heater. One worker went to get gloves from a room about 20 feet away. When he returned, he found the other worker lying on the ground unconscious. The worker may have fallen from the 6-foot ladder that had been set up or he may have collapsed where he was standing.
Injury Type : Deep cut to finger
Core Activity : Vinyl window manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008110750047
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A worker was using a circular saw when it kicked back, catching the worker's glove. The worker's hand was pulled into the blade.
Injury Type : Lacerations, bleeding from ears
Core Activity : Wood frame construction
Location : BC
ID Number : 2008159110027
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A young worker was installing the trim board on the joist ends of a sundeck 4 metres (13 feet) above grade. The worker was wearing a fall arrest harness with a 3-foot shock-absorbing lanyard attached to a rope grab on an anchored lifeline. The worker fell over the edge of the sundeck and hit the ground. The investigation determined that the rope grab was not properly positioned, allowing the worker to hit the ground.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavating
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008105910033
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

As an excavator was exposing a sewer lead, its bucket caught a small discarded piece of 4x4 buried in the ground. The end of the board was buried beneath a 12-kV energized conductor, which was damaged as it was pulled up with the 4x4. The line contacted the edge of the bucket, then was de-energized when the elbow at the nearby junction box popped.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Plywood mill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008156160046
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

The top three packages of LVL (laminated veneer lumber) on a loaded highboy truck started to shift just after being unwrapped. The driver noticed the slight movement and started to back up. The packages slid off the truck and toppled to the ground, fanning out on impact. Each package weighed 6,000 pounds and was approximately 60 feet long.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Restaurant
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008146960027
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

During the night, an explosion occurred in a restaurant. As a result of the damage, part of the street was closed off. The police are investigating the incident.
Injury Type : Fractured pelvis, foot
Core Activity : Helicopter logging
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008113820039
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A worker was using a power saw to rip a fir log 4.3 metres long and 1.5 metres in diameter. As the ripping cut was completed, the log slabs shifted. The worker lost his footing and fell under the log slabs.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Manual tree falling
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008113820043
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A faller was fatally struck by the top of a danger tree approximately 138 feet tall. A second worker had cut up the danger tree and pushed it over with another tree to overcome a falling difficulty.
Injury Type : Extensive bruising
Core Activity : Servicing scale truck
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008124120043
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A crane truck was lifting an articulated boom crane for mounting on the back of a flat-deck truck. As the crane was lifted, it shifted to one side within the rigging so it was lowered back to the ground. As the rigging was re-adjusted, the articulated boom crane tipped over. The worker who was adjusting the rigging was pinned against the rear bumper of the flat-deck truck.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Log hauling
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008034450044
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

On a forest service road, a loaded pole-style log transporter encountered an oncoming empty log transporter. The loaded truck drove off the travelled portion of the road. The load of logs slid forward, damaging the cab guard and cab. The empty truck was not damaged.
Injury Type : Minor injuries
Core Activity : Ready-mix supply and delivery
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008034450039
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A loaded 5-axle ready-mix concrete truck attempted to back up a temporary access ramp without curbs to the deck of a bridge. The ramp failed and the truck rolled over approximately 20 feet to grade.
Injury Type : Internal and external bruising
Core Activity : Dryland sort
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008161740037
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A worker was strapping a bundle of logs piled in bunks at a dryland sort. A log fell from the pile and struck the worker.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Log hauling
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008157440036
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A loaded logging truck was rounding a corner on a highway when the suspension on the trailer broke loose. The truck and trailer tipped over into the ditch.
Injury Type : Violence in the workplace
Core Activity : Gas bar and convenience store
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008105910032
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A gas bar/convenience store was robbed by two persons early in the morning. One person held the lone worker at knifepoint while the other removed cash and cigarettes from behind the counter.
Injury Type : Violence in the workplace
Core Activity : Gas bar and convenience store
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008158820063
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A person entered a convenience store, produced what appeared to be a knife, and demanded money from the worker at the cash register. The worker gave the person the money. Police apprehended the suspect soon after.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Concrete formwork
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008114550033
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

The load line of a tower crane contacted one of the high-voltage disconnects of the 12-kV overhead power system.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Highway construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008034450038
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A large block of structural styrofoam (7 cubic metres, weighing 375 kilograms) was being used as fill at the entrance to a floating bridge. Unusually high winds blew the block off the stack into the roadway. A private vehicle was crushed but no one was injured.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavation work
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008118870104
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

As an excavator was being repositioned over blasting mats, its boom contacted an overhead power line.
Injury Type : Severe laceration to finger
Core Activity : Fish processing
Location : BC
ID Number : 2008157490033
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A worker reached underneath an automatic fish filleting machine to remove debris. One hand contacted the cutting blades.
Injury Type : Fractured vertebra, arm abrasions
Core Activity : Concrete formwork
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157560044
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A worker picked up an unsecured and unmarked piece of plywood that was covering an opening in the floor. The worker stepped forward and fell through the opening, landing on the concrete parkade 10 feet below.
See a hazard alert poster about a similar incident in which a worker was seriously injured:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/posters.asp?ReportID=34669
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Fishing vessel tied up at dock
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161530004
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A fishing vessel caught fire while tied to a large dock. No crew were aboard at the time but someone noticed and reported the fire. The vessel was towed to another location and fire crews attended. The vessel subsequently sank.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Snow removal
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008158820062
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A tractor with a front bucket and rear blade was removing snow from the parking lot of an institution when it contacted and broke the gas line into the building. The leak was capped by the utility company. The next morning when workers opened the building they smelled gas. The building was evacuated and ventilated immediately. A second break in the line was found 5 feet below the surface.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Dump truck operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008113830028
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A dump truck lost control and drove off the road, flipping onto the passenger side in a ravine. It had narrowly missed an oncoming vehicle carrying workers.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Oil or gas production facility
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008144250036
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A flare knockout building, where fluid gets separated from the gas produced from a well, caught fire.
Injury Type : Amputated finger
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008112850022
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A worker was straightening a skewed 9-foot log in the infeed unscrambler when the log suddenly straightened. The worker's hand got caught between the handrail and the log.
Injury Type : Pain in arm, hip; stiff neck
Core Activity : General trucking
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008158750015
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A worker was inspecting the reefer unit on a tractor/trailer while standing on the truck frame. He stepped off using the attached 2-step stairway, missed the bottom step, and fell approximately 3 feet to the ground.
Injury Type : Fatal (non-worker)
Core Activity : Construction site
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008155400022
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A child exploring a job site was crushed when 22 sheets of 5/8-inch drywall fell over. The insecurely stacked drywall weighed approximately 1,800 pounds.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Real estate sales
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008120030036
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A real estate agent (an independent operator) was killed at a property that was for sale. Police are investigating the killing of this young worker.
Injury Type : Leg injuries
Core Activity : Landscaping
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008129730012
Date of Incident : 2008-Feb

A mini-loader was clearing a narrow pathway between a house and a garage. The loader's bucket caught a concrete slab. The bucket pushed back, pinning the worker operating the machine against the garage wall.
Injury Type : Temporary loss of consciousness
Core Activity : Industrial, commercial, or institutional construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008095610116
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A worker was going around a large building under construction to lock exterior doors. The worker walked through an area with strong epoxy paint vapours and temporarily lost consciousness.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Construction materials supply and distribution
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157520045
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A worker fell from the top step of a 6-foot stepladder. His head struck the concrete floor.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Highrise construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157560040
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

As a nearly new zoom-boom forklift was stripping wall formwork, its boom bent.
Injury Type : Fractured leg
Core Activity : Suspended slab formwork construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008155270046
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A worker was using a hammer to separate a bundle of frozen 2x6 joists that had been placed on top of the aluminum beams of suspended slab formwork. When he attempted to step onto the bundle to use it as a work platform, he slipped and fell 8.5 feet to the concrete floor below.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Structural steel construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008117080041
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

An I-beam weighing 14.5 tons was rigged at grade level using two separate synthetic slings choked to the I-beam. Abrasion protectors were used. The slings were attached to the load hook of the tower crane, and the I-beam was raised to an adjacent roof to control and place the beam with a tag line. The choker slings were then rigged at different lengths so that the lower part of the beam could be seated on the angled plate on top of the column. As the workers on the roof were receiving the load, the longer choker sling started to slip. This sling eventually severed, and the end of the I-beam fell onto the roof. The crane operator was able to lower the other end of the I-beam onto the roof.
Injury Type : Bruising
Core Activity : Acute care facility
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008111970031
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

During a disagreement, one health care worker shoved another against a wall.
Injury Type : Violence in the workplace
Core Activity : Convenience store
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008160530026
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A masked person with a knife threatened a worker while robbing a convenience store. The robbery took place during the daytime.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Hauling construction materials
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157570020
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A flat-deck truck was hauling concrete pilings. When the truck had to stop suddenly, the load shifted forwards, partially crushing the sleeper compartment of the truck cab.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Emergency response services
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008158910017
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A fire truck responding to an emergency call went out of control on an icy road. The truck rolled onto its side, shearing off a power pole and coming to rest in the yard of a private residence. The four firefighters in the vehicle were all wearing seat belts and were not injured. They stayed in the vehicle until the utility company had safely shut off power to the severed high-voltage line.
Injury Type : Broken facial bones, facial lacerations
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008140710090
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A worker was using a small hand-held grinder from which the guard had been removed. When the zip-cut metal cutting wheel shattered, pieces struck the worker's face.
Injury Type : Bruising to back, ribs
Core Activity : Construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008107970053
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A young worker was on a ladder, installing tar paper on a wall. The ladder slipped out and the worker fell about 8 feet to the ground.
See a list of online resources for preventing falls in construction:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Portals/Construction/Top3AccidentTypes-Falls.asp
Injury Type : Severely bruised finger
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008131490045
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

The operator of a J-bar unscrambler reached across the moving ending rolls to grab a board with a jagged end. The worker's hand got caught on the end of the board. The hand was pushed up against the side fence and pulled into the in-running nip point of the conveyor.
Injury Type : Fatal (1 worker); minor injuries (1 worker)
Core Activity : Log hauling
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008130750011
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

An empty logging truck braked and lost control on a highway. It slid into the path of a loaded logging truck. The driver of the loaded truck was fatally injured in the collision.
Injury Type : Dislocated shoulder, bruising
Core Activity : Heavy equipment sales
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008128230043
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A worker was checking the engine oil of an excavator when he slipped and fell 6 feet from the engine compartment cover. The excavator was covered with several inches of snow.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Clearing parking lot of snow
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008152480028
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A worker was looking into the rear engine compartment of a super-boom skid-steer tractor when the boom arms inadvertently lowered. The worker was crushed between a horizontal bar on the boom arms and the top of the engine compartment cover.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Food wholesale
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008104270023
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

An electric three-wheeled lift truck was being operated on sloped grade covered in snow and ice when it became stuck. A backhoe was working nearby, and the rear bucket of the backhoe was used to push the mast of the lift truck in an effort to free the lift truck. The lift truck travelled a short distance backwards with the mast fully elevated, then started to tip over. The operator exited the lift truck as it started to tip over and was pinned between the mast and the ground.
Injury Type : Head laceration, upper body bruising
Core Activity : Window installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008158880051
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A young worker was steadying 2,000 pounds of glass panels as they were unloaded onto a glass cart. The panels fell towards the worker, pinning him against scaffold frames and a wall.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Oil and gas well drilling
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008124490007
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A drilling rig crew had just drilled an oil/gas well. In preparation for moving to the next location, the crew began to lower the mast of the drilling rig. The two hydraulic cylinders supporting the mast buckled, and the mast fell onto the sub-structure, damaging the drilling rig.
Injury Type : Concussion, broken facial bones
Core Activity : Manual tree falling
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008158930016
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A hand faller was struck on the head by a tree limb.
Injury Type : Exposure to H2S gas
Core Activity : Hauling crude oil
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008124490006
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A tank truck had just taken on a load of sweet crude oil from an oil battery (an oil production facility). As the driver was disconnecting the load and vent lines, he was overcome by hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas vapours and lost consciousness. He came to about 20 minutes later and drove the loaded tank truck away from the facility. After driving for approximately 10 minutes, the driver realized what had happened and stopped to report the incident to his employer.
Injury Type : Fractured vertebra, shoulder, rib
Core Activity : Tree services
Location : BC
ID Number : 2008147280016
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

An arborist was falling and trimming trees that had been damaged by a storm. The worker was positioned 26 feet above grade in a large tree (21 inches in diameter, almost 120 feet tall). The worker used a chainsaw to remove about 90 feet of tree above that point. As the upper section of the tree fell, a large branch from an adjacent tree fell approximately 50 feet and struck the worker. The falling branch was between 13 and 20 feet long and more than 6 inches in diameter at the butt.
Injury Type : Amputation of 3 fingers
Core Activity : Wooden component manufacturing
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008140710079
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A worker was clearing a jammed piece of wood from a lumber moulder when his hand contacted a running cutting head.
Injury Type : Amputated fingertip
Core Activity : Planer mill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008157380016
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

An operator reached into a sorter to adjust a skewed board. The machine was not locked out and one fingertip was cut off.
Injury Type : Bruising, abrasions
Core Activity : Exterior drywall installation
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008161290016
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

Drywall was being installed on the exterior of a commercial multi-storey building. An unmarked piece of plywood was lying on the concrete floor. A worker picked up the plywood, stepped forward, and fell through a ventilation opening (3 feet by 3 feet) to the concrete floor of the parkade 10 feet below.
See a hazard alert poster about a similar incident in which a worker was seriously injured:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/posters.asp?ReportID=34669
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Blasting for road construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008114550024
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

Fly rock from a blast hit the first of three 14-kV overhead power lines. The force pushed the line off the insulator and against the centre power line, causing a power outage.
See a slide show about another fly rock incident:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/SlideShows.asp?ReportID=34853
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Digging exploratory test pits
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008158880035
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A mini-excavator was digging some test pits beside a building when it contacted a duct bank protecting 12-kV conductors.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Manual falling and bucking
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008161750006
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A cedar windfall was being bucked by a manual tree faller. The tree pivoted, crushing the faller against a rock bluff.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Road construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008114550021
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

An 18-ton mobile crane tipped forward while installing a pile rebar cage in a caisson. The crane stopped in a vertical position with the boom preventing further forward movement.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Highrise window installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008122700012
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A window panel weighing about 150 pounds was being installed on the 24th floor of a highrise building under construction. The panel fell and landed on a hydro-lift scaffold on the 17th floor. The glass was smashed and showered down to the ground.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Bridge work
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008115132041
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A mobile crane was lowering a load from a bridge deck to the platform below when it partially fell off the bridge deck. The operator (a young worker) sustained fatal crushing injuries.
See a hazard alert poster about this incident:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/posters.asp?ReportID=35174
Injury Type : Stab wounds
Core Activity : Taxi service
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008128230041
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A taxi driver was attacked and stabbed.
Injury Type : Bruised ribs
Core Activity : Window installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157560020
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

During window installation, two workers were in a swing-stage scaffold platform manually cranking the hand winches to descend the building. One end of the platform unhooked from the supporting winch come-along and dropped about 15 feet before landing on a sidewalk protection canopy. One worker was caught by his fall protection equipment. The other, a young worker who was adjusting his lifeline rope grab at the time of the incident, could not let go of the release mechanism to allow it to engage. His fall was not broken by his safety equipment; he landed on the sidewalk protection canopy.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Tugboat and pile-driving operations
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008137102358
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

Two tugboats were being used to position and hold a barge with a pile-driving crane rig. The barge was not equipped with stakes or anchors to secure it in place while driving the piles. One of the tugboats became wedged between a pile and the barge. The strong river current pulled the starboard bow of the tugboat down into the river until the tugboat flipped completely upside down in approximately 9 feet of water. The tugboat operator's survival suit caught on a piece of equipment, trapping him inside the wheelhouse. He was eventually able to free himself and get to the surface, where he was retrieved by the rescue boat.
Injury Type : Fractured vertebra, bruising
Core Activity : Retail sale of liquor
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008137102362
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A clerk in a liquor store was attacked by two individuals. The clerk was trying to prevent them from leaving the store without paying for beer and cigarettes.
See a hazard alert poster in which another worker was injured while trying to stop a shoplifter:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/posters.asp?ReportID=34184
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Oil and gas well drilling
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008124490004
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A drilling rig crew was setting up on a new location. As the crew attempted to erect the mast of the drilling rig, one of the hydraulic lifting cylinders failed, which caused the second lifting cylinder to fail. The mast fell back to ground level, damaging the drilling rig and narrowly missing a worker who was assisting with the lift down at ground level.
Injury Type : Bruised shoulder, ribs
Core Activity : Soffit screen installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008155270030
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A worker installing soffit screens lost his balance and fell from a scaffold to the ground (5 feet).
Injury Type : Collapsed lung, lacerated wrist
Core Activity : Pulp and paper mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2008117080022
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A worker was found caught between the travelling arm of the automated paper wrapping equipment and the walkway in a pit. He had been working alone.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Planer mill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008157380015
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A jam-up occurred in a high-speed planer. The planer feeder (a new worker) attempted to free the piece of wood using a piece of rebar. The rebar contacted the planer sidehead, causing the knives on the sidehead to disintegrate. Fortunately, no one was injured by the resulting shards of metal. The employer did not have written procedures for clearing jam-ups on the planer.
Injury Type : Broken foot
Core Activity : Residential wood framing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008155270025
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A young worker slipped on a frosty roof and slid to the unguarded roof edge. He then fell 20 feet to the ground.
Injury Type : Fractured vertebra
Core Activity : Steel frame erection
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008161980042
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A worker fell approximately 10 feet from the ladder section of an end-frame scaffold.
Injury Type : Amputation of 3 fingers
Core Activity : Carpentry shop
Location : BC
ID Number : 2008137290026
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A young worker was cutting a sheet of laminate on a table saw when the blade contacted one hand. The saw did not have adequate safeguarding.
See a slide show about safeguarding for woodworking equipment:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/publications/multimedia/slideshows.asp?ReportID=34503
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Dam construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008143950011
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A worker was preparing to move forms (weighing approximately 300 pounds) with a 25-ton boom truck. The back outriggers were down but not extended and the right front outrigger was down but not fully extended, so that vehicles could pass the truck. When the worker lifted the boom from its saddle and swung it to the right to pick up the forms, the truck tipped onto its right side.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Water treatment facility
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008113210008
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

At a water treatment plant, about 10,000 litres of sodium hydroxide solution spilled from storage tanks into a containment area when equipment malfunctioned. Some of the solution spilled out into the plant.
Injury Type : Amputated hand
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2008131490034
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A young worker was working in the area underneath the lumber stacker. His hand got caught in the in-running nip point of a transfer chain and sprocket that were not de-energized.
Injury Type : Lacerated throat
Core Activity : Repairing tie holes on concrete parapet wall
Location : BC
ID Number : 2008161950017
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A cement finisher was working at the third-floor level of a residential highrise building. The worker climbed onto a plastic bucket to disengage a fall protection system located just above this level, but slipped from the bucket. During the fall, the worker's neck struck the top edge of a concrete parapet wall.
Injury Type : Shattered heels
Core Activity : Steep slope roofing
Location : BC
ID Number : 2008107970048
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A worker exited a second-storey window of a house to sweep snow from the roof, which has an 8:12 pitch, before laying tar paper. The worker slipped and fell approximately 11 feet to the frozen ground.
Injury Type : Amputated finger, crushed finger
Core Activity : Heavy equipment repair and manufacture
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008116270009
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A worker was injured as he tried to clear an obstruction from the blade cleaning brush on a horizontal metal bandsaw.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injury to ankle
Core Activity : Roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008152480023
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A roofer was stepping from a ladder onto a roof when he slipped and fell to the ground (approximately 9.5 feet).
Injury Type : Fractured foot
Core Activity : Steep-slope roofing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008107970037
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A young worker fell approximately 17 feet from a 7:12 pitch roof to ground level. While the injured worker was being transported for medical care, a second worker fell approximately 10 feet to ground level from the same building. The second worker was not injured.
Injury Type : Burns to back, arm
Core Activity : Handling hot oil in restaurant
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008110210009
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A young worker was using a ladle to transfer hot oil from a pail to the oil filtering system. After some of the oil had been removed, the worker lifted the pail up to dump the remaining oil. The worker slipped and fell, sustaining burns from the oil.
View a shocking re-creation of a similar incident, produced by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario:
http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=QmnxMBNDwws
Injury Type : Minor concussion
Core Activity : Garbage/Recycling services
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008115520010
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

The elevated rails of a roll-off garbage/recycling truck hit a bridge girder.
Injury Type : Fractured leg
Core Activity : Construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008107970034
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A young worker was on a ladder, stripping a gang form. As the worker released the last wire holding the form, the form sprang loose, knocking the worker from the ladder. The worker fell approximately 8 feet to the ground.
Injury Type : Puncture wounds to arm
Core Activity : Food product manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008097990007
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A worker was washing out a portable conveyor and noticed part of a wrapper caught in the chain drive sprocket. As the worker reached into the moving conveyor to remove the wrapper, one arm got caught in the sprocket drive.
Injury Type : Electric shock
Core Activity : Highrise construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008158880024
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A tower crane was being used to dump a garbage box into a bin. The crane contacted a 7.5-kV transformer. A young worker who was in the bin rigging the load sustained an electric shock.
Injury Type : Electric shock, minor burn
Core Activity : Electrical work
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008122700009
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A young worker inadvertently contacted a live 277-volt junction box that had faulty wiring.
Injury Type : Fractured vertebrae
Core Activity : Commercial construction
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008138190022
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A worker stepping from scaffolding to a ladder fell approximately 16 feet to the ground below.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Pulp mill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008124120026
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

At a pulp mill, a fire was discovered on a wood chip transfer belt at the bottom of the covered conveyor leading to the chip bins. The fire spread quickly, destroying the conveyor, the chip screen building and infeed system, and the tops of the chip bins. Municipal firefighters joined the mill firefighters to contain the fire.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Machine shop
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008147230001
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

As a 20-ton overhead bridge crane was being moved, it made a loud grinding noise. The brake and the cover for the drive motor of the crane detached from the motor and fell to the floor, narrowly missing the operator.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Building construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008117080015
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

Severe winds blew materials and debris off a highrise building under construction.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Building management
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008117080016
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

Severe winds caused a window to break on level 19 of a highrise building. The window was going to be replaced later that week, due to an existing crack.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Building construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008117080018
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

At a highrise under construction, severe winds pulled perimeter plywood formwork decking off the joists. One piece of plywood fell to the street below.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Preparing and excavating foundations
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008152480019
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

One vertical retaining wall of a 15-foot-deep excavation collapsed during heavy rains. It was constructed of interlocking concrete blocks.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Utilities installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157560005
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

During excavation, a backhoe contacted and pulled an underground conductor containing a high-voltage power line. The line inside the conductor was subsequently pulled out of its connection lugs inside the nearby kiosk. The utilities had not been located by hand before backhoe operations began.
Injury Type : Crushing injuries to lower abdomen
Core Activity : Replacing tires on loader
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008159010018
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A tire serviceman (a young worker) was replacing tires on a 35,000-pound wheel loader when it fell off the jacks. The worker was pinned between the counterweight and the ground.
Injury Type : Head injury
Core Activity : Pizza delivery
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008118870049
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A worker delivering pizza to an apartment late at night was attacked by two people.
Injury Type : Eye irritation (1 worker); respiratory irritation (1 worker)
Core Activity : Recreation centre
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008134530008
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A worker was topping up compressor oil in the engine room of a recreation centre. He inadvertently opened the wrong valve, causing an ammonia leak. The building was evacuated and firefighters were called in. Two firefighters were exposed to the ammonia.
Injury Type : Deep cut to leg
Core Activity : Steel frame erection
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008158880016
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A worker was using an unguarded 5-inch grinder with a zip-cut blade to cut a metal sag rod on a storefront canopy. The grinder kicked back, cutting the worker's leg.
Injury Type : Broken ribs, collapsed lung
Core Activity : Ski hill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008107970022
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A ski lift operator (a young worker) got caught between a ski lift chair rounding the bullwheel and a railing.
Injury Type : Fractured hip, ribs; punctured lung
Core Activity : Window caulking
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008113830005
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A worker fell from a third-storey window and landed on the pavement approximately 20 feet below.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Site preparation for event tent
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008137102354
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

Workers were driving 36-inch steel spikes into an asphalt parking lot to secure plates for a large event tent. On 20 separate occasions during the day, spikes punctured a 25-kV electrical conduit, without any effect. Shortly after the workers left for the day, power was lost. One spike had punctured the conduit so close to the primary that the line arced, causing a massive power outage that affected an airport as well as homes and businesses.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Convenience store
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008143950005
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A masked person entered a store, threatened the owner with a gun, and demanded all the money from the register. The person left the store with the money.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Power pole removal
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008154960006
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A digger derrick was extracting the butt of a power pole from the ground. During the hoisting operation, the base of the boom fractured, causing the complete collapse of the boom.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injuries
Core Activity : Concrete formwork
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008122700005
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A worker was trying to pry a gang-form panel free when he lost his balance. He fell approximately 3 feet, until his fall protection system prevented him from falling another 50 feet.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Alcoholic beverage manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008147280004
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

An automatic elevating device (a guided freight hoist) with a capacity of 3,000 pounds was lifting a load weighing approximately 1,600 pounds from ground level to the second level. The cable failed, and the platform in the hoistway fell to the ground. The hoist was not registered with the BC Safety Authority.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Tree falling adjacent to power line
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008152480008
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

As a tree was felled, it struck another tree. The second tree broke and fell onto an overhead 25-kV power line.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Herring fishing
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008157490008
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A 68-foot vessel capsized and sank during seine fishing. Five crew made it into a skiff; the sixth worker drowned and was recovered by the Coast Guard the next day.
Injury Type : Fatal (non-worker)
Core Activity : Ski hill operation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008037470022
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

An avalanche occurred within the boundaries of a ski hill. One non-worker died; six more non-workers were partially buried. Although there were approximately 50 ski patrollers working on the mountain, none was in the path of the avalanche. One of them was close enough to see the avalanche occur and immediately initiated rescue efforts.
Injury Type : Fatal (1 worker); undetermined injuries (4 non-workers)
Core Activity : Travelling from remote work site
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008144250001
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A private motor vehicle with four occupants crossed a double yellow line to pass another vehicle on a road covered in ice and snow. The private vehicle struck an oncoming worker's vehicle head-on.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Moving a log loader
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008126770006
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

A log loader was being moved for loading onto a low-bed trailer. The boom of the loader caught overhead communications lines, causing a power pole to break.
Injury Type : Back injury
Core Activity : Framing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008114550003
Date of Incident : 2008-Jan

Three workers were on a temporary work platform when it collapsed. The workers fell 18-20 feet. One was injured.


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