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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 September - October


Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Moving a drilling rig
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2009144250156
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A drilling rig derrick (about 138 feet long) was being transported between 2 large-bed trucks. The rear truck got too close to the edge of the road and slid into the ditch, damaging the derrick. The derrick had to taken away for repairs and recertification, but no workers were injured.
Injury Type : Exposure to H2S gas (3 workers)
Core Activity : Re-working an oil and gas well
Location : Northeast BC
ID Number : 2008154930234
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

As hydrochloric acid was being transferred from a tank truck to a vacuum truck, hydrogen sulfide gas (H2S) was discharged through the pressure relief valve on the vacuum truck. Three workers were exposed to the gas, including one worker who lost consciousness and had to be revived with CPR.
See a slide show about the hazard of H2S with tanker trucks:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/SlideShows.asp?ReportID=33842
Injury Type : Laceration
Core Activity : Gas bar
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008163050097
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

During an altercation with an intoxicated customer, a worker bent down to retrieve items from the lower bin of a cash/drop box. As the worker did so, the customer pushed the smaller top drawer into the worker's face.
Injury Type : Neck injury, bruising, laceration
Core Activity : House renovation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008155270319
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker fell about 12 feet when the extension ladder he was climbing slipped away from its base.
Injury Type : Fractured ankle
Core Activity : Planer mill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008157440238
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A 16-foot 2x6 had fallen out of a bundle of lumber on a transfer chain. As a worker moved between two transfer chains to try to pound the board back into place, the load stopped automatically. The equipment had not been locked out, and when the transfer chain started up again, the load caught the worker's foot.
Injury Type : Multiple fractures
Core Activity : Pile driving
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008093720251
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker was cutting off a platform on a drilling rig. When the platform came off, the worker was tossed to the ground (about 15 feet below). No fall protection system was in place.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavating
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008118870730
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

Mobile equipment installing a surface drain inadvertently struck a 3-inch gas line.
Injury Type : Soreness
Core Activity : Delivery of building materials
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008159110230
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

The driver of a delivery crane truck was on the truck's deck, slinging a load of building materials. A pile of 2x4s (10 feet long) were on the deck. The worker slipped off this lumber and fell to the ground.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Storm line installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008113830239
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

During excavating, an encased concrete conductor was uncovered. The owner of the line told workers that it was not active and could be removed. When removed, it was found to have live 600-volt electrical lines running through it. New lines had been laid over the old terminated lines.
Injury Type : Fatal (2 workers); strains (1 worker)
Core Activity : Silviculture
Location : Northwest BC
ID Number : 2008157490272
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A marine landing craft was transporting seven silviculture workers from a logging camp to the work area when it took on water and foundered. Three workers ended up in the water, and two of those workers drowned.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Utilities installation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008109150466
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

An excavator was attempting to locate a natural gas distribution line. It contacted and ruptured the line at a service tee.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Tower crane operation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008107970399
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A tower crane was lifting a load of heating duct materials from ground level to the 13th floor. The load caught a corner of the 12th floor fly form. The fly form broke loose and fell to ground level.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Electrical work
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008117080296
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

Two workers were energizing a switching gear in the main electrical room. A huge arc flash occurred and the electrical room filled with smoke.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injuries
Core Activity : Framing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008156240267
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A young worker was on the fourth step of a 6-foot aluminum stepladder when the ladder's frame collapsed. The worker fell to the concrete floor. The ladder, designed for light commercial use only, was not suitable for the workplace.
Injury Type : Shattered bones
Core Activity : Boarding and taping
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008158880476
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker was on a scaffold applying drywall compound to a ceiling. The worker fell from the scaffold to the ground (5 feet).
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Asphalt breaking
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008114550245
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

An excavator was working under an energized 12-kV system when two power lines landed on it.
Injury Type : Fractured leg
Core Activity : Tree services
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008140970533
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A grounds worker felled a 20-foot-tall tree. The limbs of the tree struck a second worker, pushing him to the ground.
Injury Type : Exposure to diesel exhaust, including carbon monoxide (5 workers)
Core Activity : Building material supply and delivery
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008111770138
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

Workers in a warehouse experienced light-headedness, blurred vision, bad headache, and nausea. A delivery truck outfitted with a crane was idling inside the warehouse while building materials were offloaded. Its diesel exhaust affected five workers, including three young workers.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavating
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008114550243
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

An excavator contacted an underground gas line.
Injury Type : Lacerated arm
Core Activity : Retail sales and installation services
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008160530321
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker reached for the controls of a forklift from outside of the machine. He intended to lower the forks but inadvertently lifted them, causing his arm to become pinned between the forks and the mast's headlight assembly.
Injury Type : Burns
Core Activity : Repair of commercial vessel
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008134520163
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker was spray painting in the steering compartment of a marine vessel. A flashover fire erupted, and the worker's polyethylene suit caught fire.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Health care facility
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008162590098
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A container of a potentially explosive material (crystallized picric acid) was discovered in a health care facility. The facility was evacuated and a bomb squad removed the hazard.
Injury Type : Injured ribs, cuts, and bruises
Core Activity : Log hauling
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008140970525
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A loaded logging truck went off the road.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Log hauling
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008101920193
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A log hauling truck tipped onto its side when the over-length logs it was carrying struck a road bank.
Injury Type : Broken bones, lacerations
Core Activity : Hand digging for power pole installation
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008113820270
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker in an isolated work area slipped and fell partway down a steep rock face about 120 feet high.
Injury Type : Broken ribs, soft-tissue injuries
Core Activity : Equipment rental
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008145130358
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker was doing mechanical work on a forklift in a parking lot. He was struck by a moving aerial manlift.
Injury Type : Facial injuries, possible concussion
Core Activity : Retail store
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008104270207
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker was standing on the deck of a 5-ton truck. He was near the back, assisting a forklift operator at ground level, when he lost his balance. The worker fell to grade (4 feet), striking his head on the asphalt.
Injury Type : Injury to shoulder, back
Core Activity : Manual tree falling
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008158920241
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A faller was struck by a green hemlock tree that fell out of a stand of timber. The hemlock was 12 inches in diameter and 30 metres tall. It had been standing 11 metres inside the timber and there was evidence of root rot.
Injury Type : Undetermined injuries
Core Activity : Traffic control
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008122700200
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A traffic control person was injured when a driver ran a red light and hit a towable light tower, which struck the worker.
Injury Type : Broken bones, bruising
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008111110513
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker fell from a catwalk and landed in a stopped hog return conveyor 20 feet below.
Injury Type : Contusion, lacerations, mild concussion
Core Activity : Framing or residential forming
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008110110076
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker was standing on top of a foundation wall (2x6 sill plate) sweeping debris. The worker slipped and landed on the concrete footing and construction debris 4.5 feet below.
Injury Type : Multiple fractures, internal injuries
Core Activity : Plumbing installation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008101920192
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker fell down 3 flights of stairs because of unsecured stair stringers.
Injury Type : Temporary loss of consciousness, impact injuries
Core Activity : Seine fishery
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008113820266
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A crew member was struck by a tow rope that broke while under tension.
Injury Type : Injury to ankle
Core Activity : Auto service or repair
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008163730085
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker was on a stepladder. When he completed the job and started down the ladder, he lost his balance and fell approximately 3 feet.
Injury Type : Fatal (1 worker); undetermined injuries (1 worker)
Core Activity : Electrical work
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008131490237
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A pickup truck collided with an oncoming tractor-trailer unit on a highway. The worker driving the pickup truck died.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injuries
Core Activity : Window repairs
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008139860209
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker was near the top of a 6-foot stepladder that was collapsed and leaning against a wall, with its base on soft dirt. The worker fell from the ladder and landed on a large rock.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : General trucking
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008137102631
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

The driver of a truck was trying to disconnect the trailer from the tractor unit. The trailer unexpectedly fell off the tractor unit, hit the ground, and tipped onto its side. The load in the trailer weighed about 44,000 pounds.
Injury Type : Lacerations, soft-tissue injuries
Core Activity : Road paving
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008155980294
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

An 18-ton rubber-mount asphalt roller was rolling new pavement when its braking and steering mechanisms failed. The machine veered off the low side of the road and rolled about 100 feet down an embankment, landing in a creek and injuring the operator (a young worker).
Injury Type : Serious burns
Core Activity : Restaurant
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008140710699
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

Hot oil had recently been drained from a restaurant's deep fryer into buckets. The buckets were sitting on the floor. A young worker inadvertently knocked one over, then slipped and fell into the hot oil.
Injury Type : Burns
Core Activity : Daycare facility
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008110750474
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A boiling kettle fell onto a young worker cleaning in a meal preparation area.
Injury Type : Violence in the workplace
Core Activity : Travel services
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008113830223
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A young worker was held at gunpoint during a robbery in a shopping mall.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Wood frame construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008155400344
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

An electric heat gun ignited caulking and gluing materials on a second-storey deck. As the glue and caulking materials vaporized, the fumes became a large fireball. Three workers extinguished the fire before firefighters arrived.
Injury Type : Injury to foot
Core Activity : Mechanical work
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008117080286
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker fell 5.6 metres into the sump of a sanitary lift station.
Injury Type : Serious injuries to fingers
Core Activity : Planer mill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008160530311
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A sawmill worker was trying to find the cause of a jam-up of two pieces of 1x4 lumber in a planer. The machine was running and the worker's safety vest got caught. As the worker turned to summon help from another worker, he lost his balance. One hand contacted the rotating planer knives.
Injury Type : Undetermined injuries (2 workers)
Core Activity : Forestry operations
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157600205
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

Two workers left a forestry operation in a marine vessel. The boat struck an object, the hull cracked at the stern, and the vessel took on water. The workers used the vessel's VHF radio to call for help, donned flotation devices, and entered the water with a handheld VHF radio. The boat sank about 600 metres from shore. The workers were eventually rescued by workers from a nearby logging camp and a fish farm.
Injury Type : Exposure to products of combustion and/or fire extinguisher powder (2 workers)
Core Activity : Planer mill
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008147280230
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A fire broke out in a downdraft ventilation duct at the end sealing station of a lumber packaging unit. Two workers in the area extinguished the fire.
Injury Type : Sprains, scrapes, bruises
Core Activity : Steep-slope roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161760608
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker fell about 17 feet from the steep slope roof of a 3-storey house. The worker's fall protection equipment arrested his fall after he had broken through a wooden scaffold at the second level.
Injury Type : Injury to lower leg
Core Activity : Grinding concrete walls
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161950315
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker fell from the second-floor balcony to the concrete slab below (13.5 feet).
Injury Type : Internal injuries, multiple fractures
Core Activity : Interior painting
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008163050085
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker fell about 30 feet from a ladder set up on a decked-off rolling scaffold two stages high. The wheels of the scaffold had not been locked, and the worker was not wearing personal fall protection.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Road construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008122700195
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A 200-foot section of pre-load roadway failed.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injuries
Core Activity : Firefighting
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008110750476
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

While responding to a fire call, a worker wearing full gear tripped and fell on an uneven sidewalk.
Injury Type : Chest injuries
Core Activity : Roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008156730566
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker was removing a wet tarp from a roof when he fell 12 feet to a lower roof surface. No fall protection system was in place.
Injury Type : Temporary loss of consciousness, hairline fractures, cuts (worker); cuts, soft-tissue injuries (non-worker)
Core Activity : Flying school
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008120030248
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

During a training exercise, an instructor and student were injured when their helicopter crashed to the ground.
Injury Type : Minor injuries (non-worker)
Core Activity : Tree services
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008145130350
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A 140-foot-tall Douglas fir tree was felled into a parking lot. It landed on a vehicle passing by through the fall zone. The lone occupant of the vehicle was not seriously injured. Access to the parking lot was not secured at the exit driveway, nor was the fall zone barricaded or marked with flagging.
Injury Type : Possible exposure to airborne asbestos (6 workers)
Core Activity : Institutional maintenance work
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008095610284
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

While renovating a bathroom, workers unknowingly cut asbestos-containing material, creating airborne dust.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Window replacement
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008117080285
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

Two workers were replacing a window panel on the 44th floor of a building, using a swing stage scaffold system. As one of the workers was removing the seal and caulking from the window panel, the glass broke. Pieces of glass fell to grade level but fortunately the area below had been barricaded off before work began.
Injury Type : Broken bones, internal injuries
Core Activity : Curbside waste collection
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157520297
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

The driver of a curbside collection truck was exiting the vehicle on the passenger side when the vehicle unexpectedly rolled forward. He tried to jump back into the truck but was crushed between the truck and an adjacent lamp standard.
Injury Type : Bruising
Core Activity : Bulk excavation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008122700189
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A dump truck exiting a bulk excavation turned off the ramp too early. The truck flipped over onto the driver's side. The driver was using his cellphone while turning.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Log hauling
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008140970492
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A loaded logging truck was negotiating a switchback section of a haul road with a 10 percent grade. The rig spun out and left the road, and the truck and trailer landed upside down. The sidehill slope was about 40 percent. A small evergreen tree on the sidehill stopped the rig from sliding/rolling 200 feet down the hill.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Tower crane operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008122700190
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

The rigging chains of a self-erecting tower crane contacted overhead power lines.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Utilities installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008128230332
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

An excavator was digging to install a sanitary sewer line at a multi-family residential site. The excavator contacted and pulled the underground 25-kV conductor, breaking the PVC conduit and damaging the cable inside.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Bridge crane operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008117080280
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

Two overhead bridge cranes were performing a tandem lift of a fabricated metal structure (weighing about 91 tons). The metal structure was being rotated when the rigging components failed. The two overhead bridge cranes were severely shock-loaded.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Crane operation
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008118870672
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A mobile crane was offloading steel open-web trusses. The crane momentarily lifted off the ground, causing the load to lower abruptly. Crane load charts had not been checked to ensure the load could safely be lifted.
Injury Type : Head lacerations, possible concussion
Core Activity : Concrete formwork
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008158880444
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A young worker was standing on a ladder, nailing a brace to a column form. The worker lost his footing and fell to the concrete slab below (about 12 feet).
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Re-roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161950311
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

During re-roofing, a large amount of tear-off material (debris) had been piled onto a flat roof on the 4th level of a building. A section (25 feet by 18 feet) of this roof collapsed, and the tear-off material fell onto the 3rd floor. Part of that floor then also collapsed, and the tear-off material landed on the 2nd floor.
Injury Type : Soreness
Core Activity : Re-roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008163710087
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker fell about 9 feet from a ladder being used to access a roof.
Injury Type : Head injury, multiple fractures, soft-tissue injuries
Core Activity : Equipment storage
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008139860196
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker was adjusting a tie-down strap on three stacked flatbed trailers when he fell from a height of about 15 feet (4.5 metres).
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Concrete forming
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008115132347
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker was jackhammering a concrete wall that contained energized high-voltage electrical conductors inside a plastic conduit. The bit of the jackhammer punctured the plastic conduit in several places and contacted the electrical conductors. The electrical system did not short-circuit.
Injury Type : Potential for exposure to asbestos
Core Activity : Transit construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008158880443
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

While jackhammering a concrete abutment, workers broke several communication and high-voltage ducts made of asbestos.
Injury Type : Fractured skull
Core Activity : Trawl fishing
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008157490255
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker was struck by a 5-pound hook attached to a fishing vessel load line that was on a boom.
Injury Type : Fractured arm
Core Activity : Television production
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008110210166
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker was crouching down to a sitting position to exit from a truck bed when his foot caught on a rough patch on the tailgate. The worker fell forward onto the pavement.
Injury Type : Fractured ribs
Core Activity : Re-roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008155730269
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker was removing tarpaulins from a 6:12 sloped roof when he lost his footing. He slid off the roof and fell about 12 feet. No personal fall protection system was in place.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Structural concrete forming
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008155980281
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A gust of wind blew the load line of a self-erecting crane against an overhead power line.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Road construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008114550221
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

An excavator tipped onto its side.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Manual falling and bucking
Location : Northwest BC
ID Number : 2008161740287
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A faller was struck by the top of a hemlock danger tree that broke off its stem. The piece that struck the worker was 38 feet long. The danger tree was 91 feet tall and was located 45 feet inside standing timber above the faller.
Read an investigation report about an incident in which a faller was fatally injured by a piece that broke off the tree being felled:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Topics/AccidentInvestigations/IR-PrimaryResources.asp?ReportID=34625
Injury Type : Bruising, burns, and undetermined injuries (3 workers)
Core Activity : Restaurant
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157270340
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A soup kettle exploded in the kitchen area of a restaurant.
See a hazard alert based on this incident:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/publications/posters.asp?reportID=35303
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Highrise construction
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008154960245
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A 20-foot-deep bulk excavation face sloughed and undermined the support of jobsite offices as well as the sidewalk and roadway above.
Injury Type : Laceration
Core Activity : Dump truck operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161770469
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

As a dump truck backed down a compacted gravel ramp, its rear passenger-side wheels went off the edge of the ramp. The wheels went into the excavation, which was about 3 feet deep at that point, and the truck tipped over onto its side.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Pulp mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2008116270188
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A foul condensate tank exploded.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008137102626
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker was installing tarpaper at the edge of the roof of a 5-storey wooden building. The worker slipped off the wet roof. His fall was not arrested until he was at about the second-floor level because he had too much slack in his lifeline.
Injury Type : Knee injuries
Core Activity : Residential wiring
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157270338
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

As a young worker stepped off a 6-foot stepladder onto a wet floor, he slipped and fell.
Injury Type : Minor crush injuries to feet
Core Activity : Waste recycling
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008161290267
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker was assisting the operator of a remote-controlled, tracked, wood waste recycler (grinder) which was idling. He stepped on the main infeed compression roller, located in the hopper, to rig a lifting chain to the top of the unit so that maintenance work could be done. His weight caused the roller to spin in the opposite (clearing) direction, pulling the worker's feet into the unit. Fortunately, the operator realized that he should not switch the unit to reverse cycle; co-workers used pry bars to free the worker. Because the worker was wearing safety protective footwear, his feet were not severely injured.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Transport of blasting equipment
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008137102620
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A large blasting drill rig was being transported from one quarry to another on a winding road with steep sections. The drill rig was on a low-bed trailer pulled by a transport truck. The operator was having difficulty getting up a steep turn and decided to raise the "jeep" section of his tractor-trailer to put more weight directly on the rear drive train, to improve traction. The height of the raised load was more than 17 feet, and the drill rig hooked overhead lines. A power pole was pulled over and a 14.4-kV line landed on the drill rig.
Injury Type : Soreness and tingling in back
Core Activity : Plumbing and heating
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008163640064
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

Two workers were installing a section of sanitary pipe (weighing about 60 pounds) into ceiling anchors. The pipe fell and struck one worker's back.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Pipeline construction
Location : Northeast BC
ID Number : 2008124490135
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A draw works side boom (a tractor-style mobile crane used in pipeline operations) was hoisting a load when the brake bands on the winch failed. The load dropped to the ground but no workers were injured.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Well servicing
Location : Northeast BC
ID Number : 2008124490129
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A young worker collapsed and died while doing gas well completion work. The worker had also collapsed several days earlier.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Wood chip delivery
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008137102621
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A boom-lift chip truck was leaving a residence after delivering a load of wood chips. The boom had not been lowered and as the truck drove away, the boom contacted an overhead neutral cable. The cable was ripped from five power towers and fell onto the railway tracks. The operator of the unit backed up, untangled the boom, lowered it, and left the site.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Equipment rental
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008158820237
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker was found unresponsive inside a large metal storage container. He had apparently been exposed to carbon monoxide fumes from a running snowmobile.
Injury Type : Exposure to a hazardous substance
Core Activity : Mechanical work on fire suppression system
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008093710229
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker was servicing a fire suppressant system when the equipment discharged a mixture of carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and argon gas. The worker had difficulty breathing but managed to get out of the area.
Injury Type : Non-injury
Core Activity : Framing or residential forming
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008128230321
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A 4-storey wood-frame condominium burned to the ground. No workers were in the immediate area of the fire, and no one was injured.
Injury Type : Multiple leg fractures
Core Activity : Golf course maintenance
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008145130329
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker was injured when the ride-on mower he was operating slipped on a steep bank. As the worker exited the machine, his lower leg was caught under the mower.
Injury Type : Broken bones
Core Activity : Manual tree falling
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008158920221
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A faller felled a large cedar tree (trunk 55 inches in diameter) into standing timber on the low side of a right-of-way. The tree struck another cedar tree, which tore a 70-foot-high green schoolmarm off the falling tree and sent it uphill. The schoolmarm struck the faller on the escape trail (uphill and to the side of the stump).
Injury Type : Crush injuries
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008163050069
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A forklift was placing an 8,000-pound load of green lumber onto kiln trains (carts that enter the dry kiln). The forklift operator did not see a nearby worker. The forklift struck the worker, pushing him belly-down on a crossbeam of the cart. The load of lumber was then lowered onto the top rails of the cart and on the worker.
Watch a video that shows how difficult it is for forklift operators to see pedestrians:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/Videos.asp?ReportID=34542
Read an investigation report about an incident in which a worker was struck by mobile equipment at a plywood mill:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Topics/AccidentInvestigations/IR-Manufacturing.asp?ReportID=34467
Injury Type : Fractured arm
Core Activity : Equipment Installation
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008140970531
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A screw conveyor was being rigged on an angle so that it could be hoisted down an access hole. A worker was standing about 5 feet up on the elevated end of the conveyor so he could manually winch up the end. The chain rigging at the bottom end came unhooked, the lower end of the screw conveyor dropped, and the worker fell to the floor.
Injury Type : Facial laceration
Core Activity : Waterworks construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008163050072
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker was cutting a 30-inch water-main pipe with a cutoff saw equipped with a diamond blade. The worker had to change positions to continue the cut. The saw's arms were not locked, and when the blade became bound in the pipe, the saw kicked back and struck the worker.
Injury Type : Head injury
Core Activity : Warehouse operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008145570150
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A young worker new to the job was using an order picker to move stock from an upper portion of pallet racking. The worker fell from the work platform to the concrete floor 12 feet below.
Injury Type : Concussion, laceration
Core Activity : Tree pruning
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008158910185
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

While pruning a fruit tree, a worker fell from a stepladder to grade (about 8 feet).
Injury Type : Serious burns
Core Activity : Heavy equipment and metal fabrication
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008158910184
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

An electrician was working on a motor control centre switchgear disconnect when it exploded into flames.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Trawl fishing
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008139050083
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A crew member on a fishing vessel was fatally struck by a steel hook. The hook had been hand-spliced to a 9/16-inch wire rope. The hook was being used to pull a large-diameter (about 1.25-inch) nylon line tight, securing the trawl doors to the side of the vessel. When the wire rope parted at the splice, the taut nylon line created a slingshot effect and the hook was launched toward the crew member.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Assembling drilling rig
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2009144250097
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A 90-ton mobile crane was attempting to level a drilling rig by lifting a corner of its substructure. The lifting capacity of the boom extension was exceeded and the extension buckled. No workers were injured.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavation work
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008109150447
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

As an excavator was mounding topsoil, its boom contacted and severed overhead communication lines. As a result, the neutral line, located above these lines and with a large amount of sag, flipped up and contacted a 14.4-kV power line. Fortunately, neither the power line nor the utility pole was damaged.
Injury Type : Bruising
Core Activity : Formwork
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008163640059
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

An unsecured concrete gang form panel (10 feet by 12 feet) fell backwards, pinning a worker against a concrete wall.
Injury Type : Fractured leg
Core Activity : Concrete formwork
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008161750251
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker fell about 5 feet, from the top of a concrete wall form.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injury (1 worker)
Core Activity : Public school
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008138190240
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

Two workers were physically assaulted by a special-needs student.
Injury Type : Fractured bone, abrasions
Core Activity : Structural concrete forming
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008115132323
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A section of metal prefabricated formwork fell about 10 feet to a walkway below. The form, which weighed almost 500 pounds, struck and injured one worker.
Injury Type : Serious injuries to fingers
Core Activity : Finishing carpentry
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008124710459
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker was cutting a piece of baseboard with a 10-inch table saw. The saw's guard had been removed. When the baseboard kicked back, the worker's fingers contacted the moving blade.
See a slide show about guarding for woodworking equipment:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/SlideShows.asp?ReportID=34503
Injury Type : Fatal (1 worker); undetermined injuries (2 non-workers)
Core Activity : Driver training
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008163730058
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A driver training vehicle, with instructor and student in it, was turning left across a highway when it was struck by an oncoming vehicle. The driving instructor, who was in the passenger seat, was fatally injured in the collision. The student driver and the driver of the oncoming vehicle were injured.
Injury Type : Serious crush injuries to hand
Core Activity : Local government and related operations
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008154970447
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker was unwinding a manual winch for a dump truck tarp when the handle of the winch hit one hand and pushed it into the sprocket of the winch.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Drilling fence post holes
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008163790037
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A skid-steer front-end loader was equipped to drill fence post holes. The drill auger contacted and ruptured a 40-mm, 40-psi gas line main. No workers were injured.
Injury Type : Contusions and deep bruising (2 workers)
Core Activity : Plastic recycling
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008110750432
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

Workers were using a half-ton chain hoist to lift the lid off a plastic bottle perforator that had jammed. As they started to clear the jam, the hook dislodged from the eye on the lid and the lid dropped, pinning two workers.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Blasting
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008137102606
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

During construction, a blast was set off in a residential area. Fly rock struck and damaged nearby homes and vehicles. Fortunately, people in the area (workers and non-workers) were not injured.
See a slide show about a blasting incident in which fly rock damaged several vehicles:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/SlideShows.asp?ReportID=34853
Injury Type : Eye injury
Core Activity : Roofing
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008160670176
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker was kneeling to install capping for a synthetic slate roof. As he delivered the first hammer-blow to a nail, the nail bounced back and struck his eye.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavating
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008114050206
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

During utility upgrading, excavation was being done in an area with a charged 4-inch propane line. Only a partial electronic locate for the line had been obtained. It was assumed that the line continued in a particular direction, and the excavator operator was told to widen the excavation. However, the line did not follow the assumed direction, and the excavator ruptured the propane line.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injuries
Core Activity : Loading tile onto articulating boom truck
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008163750159
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

As an articulating boom truck was loading tile, its boom hit the support cable (guyline) of a power pole. The cable broke and struck a worker in the back.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Concrete pouring
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157410240
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A front outrigger of a concrete pumping truck broke through the dunnage placed beneath it. The outrigger sank into the ground and the truck partially tipped. The hopper of the tipping truck struck a concrete truck that was offloading into the hopper.
Injury Type : Laceration to leg
Core Activity : Window renovation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008116120224
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker was setting down a circular saw when the saw was caught by a tree branch. The branch also caught the worker's trigger finger, and the saw guard flipped back. The saw started and struck the worker's leg.
Injury Type : Crush injuries to hand
Core Activity : Farm labour supply
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008158750178
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker was operating a sorting machine that removed the tops of root vegetables. One hand was caught between two rollers.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Tower crane operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161770439
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A tower crane being operated by remote control from the ground slewed into the boom of a stationary mobile crane. Both cranes sustained minor damage.
Injury Type : Temporary loss of consciousness, lacerations, soreness
Core Activity : Oilfield fluid hauling
Location : Northeast BC
ID Number : 2008144250202
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker was preparing to flush out the fluid tanks on a tractor-trailer unit. He opened the top hatches and sprayed hot water into the tank and noticed vapours coming out of the hatch. As he started to climb down the ladder at the back of the trailer, he lost consciousness and fell to the ground.
Injury Type : Head injury
Core Activity : Grapple yarding
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008152480228
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A grapple yarder rolled about 100 feet down a 60 percent slope when the guyline supporting it failed.
Injury Type : Lacerations, soft-tissue injuries
Core Activity : Log hauling
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008155980247
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A loaded logging truck rolled onto the driver's side and struck a bridge. The load spilled along the highway and into the creek.
Injury Type : Bruising
Core Activity : Sprinkler system installation
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008110750421
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

Workers were stripping forms from a third-floor suspended slab when they lost control of a sheet of 3/4-inch plywood. The sheet bounced off a perimeter fence and into an opening on the first floor of the building. It struck a young worker on a stepladder at ground level.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Power pole installation
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008110750420
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

An excavator was digging a hole for an anchor to support a power pole when it ruptured a 60.3 mm (2-inch) natural gas line. Utilities had not been properly located before excavating began.
Injury Type : Possible exposure to asbestos (31 workers)
Core Activity : Local government and related operations
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008162590067
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

Vinyl sheet flooring with asbestos fibre in the backing was removed without safe work procedures. Thirty-one workers, aged 32 through 54, may have been exposed to asbestos. Some workers who breathed in small quantities of asbestos have been diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer 20-30 years later.
See online resources for safe work practices around asbestos:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Portals/Construction/HazardousMaterials.asp?ReportID=34092
Injury Type : Serious hand injuries
Core Activity : Steel foundry
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008158910177
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker's hand was injured when he reached under a raised steel plate to remove a steel cribbing block. The large plate (about 3 feet by 12 feet, and 1 inch thick), weighing 2,260 pounds, slipped off the lifting hook. It fell 10 inches and pinched the worker's hand against the cribbing block.
Injury Type : Multiple fractures, lacerations, soft-tissue injuries
Core Activity : Greenhouse maintenance
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008120030223
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker was on a greenhouse roof, cleaning gutters with a garden hose. He stepped off the gutter onto a glass pane, which broke under his weight. The worker fell 14 feet to the concrete floor below.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Pressure washing highrise balconies
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008115132318
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker was on the 38th floor of a highrise building, adjacent to a tower crane. As he was pressure washing the slab, he inadvertently walked into the radius of the tower crane and his lifeline caught on the crane's jib. The worker managed to secure his lifeline to the building, and even after his lifeline broke he was fortunately not dragged off the floor.
Injury Type : Back injury, stiffness, bruising
Core Activity : Land surfacing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008163270061
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A dump truck was unloading gravel on an uneven surface, where the rear tires were about 15 centimetres (6 inches) higher than the front tires. The truck tipped over onto the driver's side.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Chemical manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008111970240
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

About 40-50 metric tonnes of sulfuric acid spilled in a work area. Fortunately, no workers were present when the spill occurred.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Scaffold system set-up
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161950280
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker was erecting a steel frame scaffold system. He was positioning a 20-foot-long aluminum scaffold tube when it inadvertently contacted adjacent high-voltage (12.5-kV) power lines. The contact damaged the scaffold tube, interior furnishings in the building, and high-voltage electrical equipment in the laneway.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Blasting for road construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008114550189
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

During road construction, fly rock from a blast struck a house.
See a slide show about a blasting incident in which fly rock damaged several vehicles:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/SlideShows.asp?ReportID=34853
Injury Type : Lacerated arm, abrasions
Core Activity : General trucking
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008137290237
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

The driver of a company truck was seriously injured in an accident (MVA).
Injury Type : Broken bones
Core Activity : Exterior stucco application
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008163710060
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker was installing mesh under a window on a building. He slipped through the space between the building and the scaffold, landed on the balcony below, bounced onto the scaffold deck, then fell to the ground (about 20 feet).
Injury Type : Lacerated fingers
Core Activity : Carpentry
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008110750413
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

As a worker reached over a running table saw to retrieve a piece of trim, his hand contacted the running saw blade.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Road building
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008163640044
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

During the digging of a large excavation (30 feet deep; 50 feet long by 50 feet wide), part of the bank collapsed.
Injury Type : Fatal (1 worker); minor injuries (4 non-workers)
Core Activity : Health care services
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008140970433
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker's car crossed the centre line and struck several other vehicles. The worker was fatally injured and the occupants of the other vehicles, who were not workers, sustained minor injuries.
Injury Type : Amputation of parts of two fingers
Core Activity : Veneer or plywood manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008156240211
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker reached into a running belt drive of a veneer stacker. His hand was drawn into an in-running nip point.
Injury Type : Internal injuries, deep laceration, hand injury
Core Activity : Roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008110110052
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

While tearing off an existing roof, a worker fell from the unguarded roof edge onto landscaping about 15 feet below. No fall protection system was in place.
Injury Type : Electric shock and burns (2 workers)
Core Activity : Power line work
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008156160291
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

Two workers sustained electrical injuries when the elevated bucket truck they were in contacted a 25-kV line.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Tower crane operation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008119700132
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A tower crane was placing a section of prefabricated wooden wall 4.5 metres from an 8-kV power line. A gust of wind pushed the wall into the power line, tripping a pole breaker.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Road construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008034450322
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

As a bulldozer was mucking the toe of the slope, the 40-foot-high blasted rock face slipped. The tractor cab filled with rock, but the operator was able to avoid serious injury by staying in the corner of the cab.
Injury Type : Multiple fractures of arm
Core Activity : Bindery
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008117930125
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker's arm was pulled into the unguarded rollers of a paper-inserting machine.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Steep slope roofing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008156240209
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker fell from a sloped roof about 22 feet above grade. He landed on a concrete ramp and rolled a further 30 feet down it. The worker later died of his injuries.
Injury Type : Amputated finger
Core Activity : Construction
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008118870629
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker lost his footing while cutting a sheet of plywood. As he fell, one finger contacted the saw blade.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Mobile crane operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161950289
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

Five wooden roof trusses were damaged when a crane placed two pallets of roofing shingles (56 bundles) on the roof.
Injury Type : Electric shock
Core Activity : Plumbing/heating installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008163640060
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A drainage line needed to be relocated in a 10-inch-thick concrete slab. When the concrete coring machine contacted a live low-voltage electrical conductor, the worker operating the machine sustained an electric shock.
Injury Type : Injuries to back and leg
Core Activity : Traffic control
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008107970380
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A traffic control person was struck by a motor vehicle, which then left the scene.
Injury Type : Minor abrasions/contusions (non-worker)
Core Activity : Acute care
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008070890081
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A fixed X-Y ceiling lift (rated capacity of 625 pounds) failed while a patient (weighing about 75 percent of the rated capacity) was being transferred from wheelchair to bed. Both bridge rail carriage-to-truck support bolts sheared from the carriage at the bed's head-end side rail. The tail-end carriage bracket then separated from the bridge, and the tail end of the bridge rail dropped. It struck the patient, and the patient dropped several inches to the bed.
Injury Type : Head injury, broken bones
Core Activity : Agriculture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008156240232
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker was operating a hydraulic winch when one arm was drawn into the feed rollers. The worker then fell onto the machine.
Injury Type : Exposure to a hazardous substance
Core Activity : Insulation work
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008124770197
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker was overcome while working with polyurethane spray foam insulation.
Injury Type : Crush injury to hand
Core Activity : Crushing of rock core samples for analysis
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008111080106
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker was using compressed air to clean a rock roller crusher when one hand was caught between the rotating rollers.
Injury Type : Abrasions, bruising
Core Activity : Traffic control
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008143950305
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A traffic control person was stopping traffic for single-lane traffic control on a highway. The worker was struck by a car when its driver failed to notice road construction signs and did not slow down.
Injury Type : Violence in the workplace
Core Activity : Gas bar and convenience store
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008158910172
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

Early one morning, a lone worker was confronted by a robber with a handgun. The worker obeyed the robber's demand to open the cash register. The robber took the cash as well as a large quantity of tobacco, then left.
See a list of materials for preventing violence in retail, including a handbook for service stations:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Portals/SmallBusiness/SafetyforBusiness.asp?ReportID=32788
Injury Type : Crush injuries to hand
Core Activity : Wood product manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008156240223
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker was cleaning a glue spreader machine. As the worker reached into the point of operation, one hand contacted and was drawn between the in-running applicator rollers. The worker activated the emergency stop device and extricated the hand without assistance.
Injury Type : Amputated fingertip
Core Activity : Meat cutting
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008157580278
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker was cutting steaks with a meat band saw. When the blade contacted a piece of bone, the hand that was holding the meat was pivoted into the blade. The blade guard was set with much more of the blade exposed than is necessary to cut meat.
Injury Type : Fatal (1 worker); serious burns to face and hands (2 workers)
Core Activity : Oil or gas well completion
Location : Northeast BC
ID Number : 2008124490126
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A crew at a well site was cleaning a pressure vessel storage tank after a Frac job (well completion process to enhance the production of a natural gas well). The workers had opened the two access hatches on the vessel to allow for natural ventilation and had taken a reading of the LEL levels (concentration of gas vapours) in the vessel. A vacuum truck crew had attached their suction hose to the drain line on the pressure vessel to begin drawing the waste materials (the pressure vessel was partially filled with Frac materials, which would include sand, potassium chloride, produced water, light oil, and natural gas). The vacuum truck operator was standing on an elevated platform adjacent to one of the vessel hatch openings, using a high-pressure wash wand to spray down the interior of the vessel (part of the cleaning process). Two other workers were standing on the ground adjacent to the second hatch opening when an explosion and flash fire occurred. The explosion threw the vacuum truck operator against the wall of an adjacent test building, fatally injuring him. The workers at the second hatch sustained serious burns.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Front end loader operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008108440128
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A wheeled, articulating front-end loader fell onto its side while scooping up sand. The operator was not injured
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Land clearing and site preparation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008113830193
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

The boom of an excavator snagged an overhead utility line. Three poles were pulled down, and all the attached lines (high- and low-voltage) landed on the roadway. The operator had not received any electrical safety training.
Injury Type : Smoke inhalation (2 workers)
Core Activity : Tower crane operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008117080244
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

An electrical fire occurred in the slip ring of a tower crane. The two workers who extinguished the fire were treated for smoke inhalation.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Integrated forest management
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008161740255
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

An empty logging truck was entering an active logging area with two parallel roads over steep ground. The truck was on the lower road; it was struck by a runaway log from the upper road.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Carpentry work
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008155070249
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

The boom of an aerial lift (a self-propelled elevating work platform) contacted an energized overhead low-voltage power line.
Injury Type : Smoke inhalation (8 workers)
Core Activity : Planer mill
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008154970416
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker welded a shear plate onto the planer outfeed. The worker returned a short time later and found that the outfeed and the surrounding rubber belting had ignited. Workers were able to contain and extinguish the fire before firefighters arrived.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Concrete highrise construction
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008154970414
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A concrete spandrel on the 18th floor shifted, pinching the wire securing the "C" clamp that aligned and levelled the spandrel. The clamp fell, bounced off a canopy at the 8th floor, then fell to street level, narrowly missing a pedestrian.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Traffic control
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008163750151
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A mobile crane was set up on a street so it could unload reinforcing steel from a flatbed truck. A transit bus hit the crane's counterweight.
Injury Type : Crush injury to arm
Core Activity : Corrugated cardboard manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008093690221
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

Three workers were threading paper into the corrugator machine. The "dancer roller" (the roller used to thread and control tension in sheet material as the material is wound between sets of rollers) was inadvertently switched from "thread-up" to "run" mode. One worker's arm was drawn in and pinned against the rotating roller.
Injury Type : Internal injuries
Core Activity : Concrete placing and finishing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008122700161
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker was struck by a concrete lintel when formwork collapsed. The worker was knocked off the scaffold he was working on and landed on the ground 5 feet below.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Garbage disposal
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008137102585
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A disposal truck had loaded a disposal bin at a work location. Without lowering the truck's high-tower for the tarping mechanism, the truck drove away. The high-tower contacted overhead utility and communications lines, disconnecting service to three homes. Fortunately, the lines were not high-voltage, and the truck's operator knew that he should stay in the vehicle until the utility company or firefighters determined that it was safe for him to exit.
Injury Type : Serious injuries to hand
Core Activity : Electrical work
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008155980236
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A young worker was using an impact hammer to pound a 6-foot grounding rod into the ground when his hand was seriously injured.
Injury Type : Fatal (non-worker)
Core Activity : Log hauling
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008101920152
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A loaded log transporter travelling on a marked highway was struck by an oncoming private motor vehicle travelling in the truck's lane. The operator of the log transporter was not injured but the other driver died.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Blasting
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008137102582
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

During blasting at a remote construction site, fly rock travelled about 450 metres and struck a building on the site.
See a slide show about a blasting incident in which fly rock damaged several vehicles:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/SlideShows.asp?ReportID=34853
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Site servicing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008034450318
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A backhoe was digging a foundation. It snagged a 25-kV electrical conductor. Utilities had not been fully located before excavating began.
Injury Type : Bruising, scratches
Core Activity : Finger joint mill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008130570329
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A forklift reversed in a work area, pinning a worker against a 4-wheeled cart of dunnage.
Watch a video that shows how difficult it is for forklift operators to see pedestrians:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/Videos.asp?ReportID=34542
Injury Type : Undetermined
Core Activity : Fish farming
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008157490228
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A 1000-kilogram bag of fish food fell from a pallet and struck a young worker.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Crane operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008122700160
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A mobile crane with its boom extended 90 feet tipped over while lifting a load.
Injury Type : Fractured vertebra, ankle
Core Activity : Wood frame construction
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008147050207
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker fell through a stairwell floor opening to the level below (about 9 feet).
Watch a short video in which a worker falls through a stairwell opening:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/Videos.asp?ReportID=34741
Read an investigation report about a similar incident where the worker died:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Topics/AccidentInvestigations/IR-Construction.asp?ReportID=35074
Injury Type : Minor concussion
Core Activity : Dump truck operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008155730237
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A truck was dumping a load of fill on a sloped, unstable dirt road when the truck shifted sideways and tipped over.
Injury Type : Scrapes, mild hypothermia (2 workers)
Core Activity : Commercial fishing
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008157490227
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

An 11-metre fishing vessel sank. Two crew were rescued after being in the water for 3 hours.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157270306
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A backhoe was digging a 5-foot-deep excavation so a conductor could be repaired. A 3-inch gas line was contacted, causing an uncontrolled release of gas.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Tower crane operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008115132291
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

The securing device on a tower crane's hoisting drum failed, causing the hoist line to spool off the drum. The work platform suspended from the hook, with a worker on it, dropped to grade (about 45 feet).
Injury Type : Bruising
Core Activity : Integrated forest management
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008034450309
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A loaded log transporter (jeep with a wagon) left the travelled portion of a forest service road. The transporter rolled over once and stopped against trees on the 50 percent slope. The cab guard protected the driver, who was wearing a seat belt, from serious injury even though the truck was heavily damaged.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Backhoe operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008115132290
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A backhoe ruptured a natural gas line while digging to install a lamp post. The utilities had not been located before digging began.
Injury Type : Fractured skull
Core Activity : Helicopter logging
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008161750219
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A faller was struck by a limb that fell from the forest canopy.
Injury Type : Crush injuries to finger
Core Activity : Pipefitting
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008163790035
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker was manually removing a small section of flowline piping, As the piping came loose, it dropped and pinched one of his fingers between the pipe and the flange valve.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Gas production
Location : Northeast BC
ID Number : 2008163800035
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker was seriously injured when he fell from the ATV he was operating on a gravel road near a gas plant. Several weeks later, he died of his injuries.
Injury Type : Fatal (3 workers); serious injuries (3 workers)
Core Activity : Mushroom growing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008095610260
Date of Accident : 2008-Sep

Two workers were in the pump house of a "brown water" containment pond, removing a pipe blockage. As they worked, sludge was released that created an oxygen-depleted atmosphere. Four other workers attempted a rescue. Three of the six workers died and the other three were seriously injured.

Watch a series of videos about the hazards of confined spaces, including IDLH (immediately dangerous to life or health) atmospheres:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/Videos.asp?ReportID=35168


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