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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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2009 April - Jun


Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Road construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009113920102
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A backhoe was removing soil to help expose a 6-inch 60-psi natural gas distribution pipeline. A worker was following the backhoe and hand exposing the line about every 8 feet. At one point the backhoe took another bite and tore off an abandoned 6-inch service T, causing a release of natural gas. The flow continued uncontrolled for 9 hours.
Injury Type : Partial amputation of fingers
Core Activity : Wooden truss manufacture
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2009157440282
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A worker was using a chop saw when he saw a sliver of wood fall into the saw housing. Without locking out the saw, he opened the side door to remove the sliver. His hand contacted the rotating blade.
Injury Type : Broken ribs, punctured lungs
Core Activity : Cleaning dump truck wheel rims
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009152480196
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A worker raised a loaded dump truck with a 20-ton hydraulic jack in order to buff the truck's aluminum rims. When the jack either failed or kicked out, the worker was pinned under the truck's wheels. The worker, who was working alone, remained pinned for 5 to 6 hours before managing to free himself and drive to hospital.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Recreation complex
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009143950155
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A refrigeration plant pressure safety valve released, and the ventilation system discharged ammonia outside the building. Some of the discharged ammonia was drawn back into the building through the air intake. The smell of ammonia was detected inside the building.
Injury Type : Serious lacerations
Core Activity : Second-hand store
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009117640419
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A non-worker was trying to drop off used goods at a charity-run store. When he was told he could not drop off any items because it was past the time limit for the day, he became violent and pushed a worker through a plate glass window (5 feet by 7 feet).
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Highrise window installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009165410059
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

Windows were being installed on the 32nd floor of a newly constructed highrise. A worker had placed a window into an opening when he was called away to do a different task. Another worker was assigned to finish installing the window. The second worker did not realize that the window was unsecured. As he began to work, the window fell out of the building and landed on the ground, 20 feet outside the marked danger area.
Injury Type : Fractured leg and vertebrae (1 worker); contusions and bruising (2 workers)
Core Activity : Wood frame construction
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009102100637
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

During construction of a new wood frame building, a temporary work platform had been constructed across a corridor at a height of 9 feet. During teardown, a 2x6 lumber bearer broke. The platform collapsed and 3 workers on the platform fell to the plywood subfloor below.
Injury Type : Broken foot
Core Activity : Gutter installation
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009110750466
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A worker was removing a gutter when he fell nearly 12 feet to a concrete sidewalk, striking a deck landing on the way down. Fall protection equipment had been provided but was not being worn.
Injury Type : Burns
Core Activity : Restaurant
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009163050155
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

As a worker was lighting a charbroiler in the kitchen of a restaurant, a flashover occurred. Propane had accumulated in the lines after a first attempt to light the charbroiler.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Pipeline construction
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2009124490096
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

Two sections of pipeline (900 metres and 234 metres) needed to be welded together before being lowered down a bore hole. (A bore hole is drilled to allow a pipeline to be installed below ground by excavating the surface.) The bore hole had been drilled down the steep slope of a hill. Workers were trying to pull one of the pipe sections into position to weld the two sections together. As part of the process of pulling the pipe through the bore hole, one of the large dozers that would pull the pipe had to be repositioned. The 900-metre section of pipe buckled, pulled free from the anchor holding it in position, and rolled downslope 500 metres.
Injury Type : Impalement wound
Core Activity : Cladding installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009158880250
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A worker was climbing onto a 4-foot-high concrete planter when he lost his footing and fell onto an unguarded length of rebar.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Waste container recycling
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009145570076
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A worker climbed into the feed hopper of an energized waste materials baler. The machine cycled, fatally injuring the worker.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Underground utility installation
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2009161980220
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

An excavator was digging a trench for the installation of underground electrical services when it ruptured a 3/4-inch gas line. The release of natural gas could not be immediately isolated, so workers in surrounding buildings were evacuated.
Injury Type : Minor injuries
Core Activity : Waste disposal
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009163730177
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A roll-off type disposal truck was travelling on a roadway with its rails raised. The rails struck an overpass, causing structural damage to the overpass as well as significant damage to the truck.
Watch a slide show about a similar incident in which the driver died:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/publications/ multimedia/slideshows.asp?reportid=34316
Injury Type : Foot injuries
Core Activity : Building supply sales and delivery
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009154970326
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A forklift was loading materials onto a trailer truck. As the forklift backed away, its rear wheels ran over the foot of the truck driver, who was strapping the load.
Injury Type : Lacerated hand
Core Activity : Siding, awning, or gutter installation, service, or repair
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009117670148
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A worker was operating a cordless skill saw when it kicked back.
Injury Type : Exposure to organophosphate insecticides (21 workers)
Core Activity : Recycling facility
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009104070098
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

During sorting at a recycling facility, workers noticed a strong odour. Twenty-one workers developed nausea and headaches and were sent to hospital for observation. The building was evacuated and a hazardous materials team was brought in. The team collected five pesticide containers from the sorting area. Either one or two kinds of organophosphate insecticide had spilled. Ventilation of the building continues.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Utilities installation
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009111110262
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

During the installation of a 6-inch storm drain line, the excavator's bucket struck the 3-inch conduit of a 3-phase underground electrical distribution system (600 volts).
Injury Type : Possible exposure to asbestos (8 workers, including 2 young workers)
Core Activity : Commercial renovations
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009113210089
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

Eight workers (including 2 young workers) may have been exposed to asbestos while renovating an old shopping mall. They removed double-layered drywall whose mud contained chrysotile asbestos (between 1 and 10 percent).
See a list of references about preventing exposure to asbestos:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Portals/Construction/ HazardousMaterials.asp?ReportID=34092
Injury Type : Burns to arm and back
Core Activity : Heavy equipment manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009165590033
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

As a worker was welding together two pieces of stainless steel, the worker's clothing caught fire.
Injury Type : Exposure to engine exhaust gases, including carbon monoxide (2 workers, including 1 young worker)
Core Activity : Pressure washing underground parkade
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009107200090
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

Two workers (one of them a young worker) were using gas-powered pressure washers in an underground parkade. After about 3 hours of pressure washing, one worker called the supervisor and reported feeling ill. The fire department attended and measured hazardous levels of carbon monoxide (up to 500 ppm) in the parkade.
See a hazard alert about two carpet cleaners who died from exposure to carbon monoxide:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Posters.asp?reportid=34979
Injury Type : Possible concussion and fractures; hand and facial injuries
Core Activity : Traffic control
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009157410146
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A traffic control person was struck by a truck.
See a hazard alert about the risks of working in traffic control zones:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Posters.asp?ReportID=35319
Injury Type : Possible exposure to asbestos (unknown number of workers)
Core Activity : Institutional building renovations
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009163500182
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

During a renovation project spanning more than 6 months, workers were unaware of asbestos-containing material at the site. Later testing showed that the flooring and sheet backing, both of which were disturbed during the renovations, contained asbestos. Workers from several companies were employed on the site and may have been exposed.
See a list of references about preventing exposure to asbestos:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Portals/ Construction/HazardousMaterials.asp?ReportID=34092
Injury Type : Crush injury to hand
Core Activity : Bakery operation
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009161290355
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A worker was operating a sheeter machine. This machine is fed dough, which it compresses between rollers to remove excess air. The machine then folds the dough in preparation for a loaf to be readied for the oven. As the worker removed excess flour from the feeder deck, one finger contacted the compression rollers and the hand was drawn in. The emergency stop guarding bar then stopped the machine.
Injury Type : Respiratory difficulties
Core Activity : Auto service and repair
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009129920155
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A young worker had serious difficulty breathing after aerosol containers of pepper spray (bear spray) were destroyed at an adjacent recycling depot.
Injury Type : Possible high-voltage contact
Core Activity : Pressure washing exterior of building
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009114550167
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A worker was in a boom lift, about 24 feet above grade, pressure washing the outside of a building. A passerby noticed the worker in distress and called emergency responders. Burn marks on the lift (one on a tire and rim, and the other on a tie-down hook) suggest that an electrical contact occurred.
Injury Type : Fractured skull, laceration, possible internal injuries
Core Activity : Golf course maintenance
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009129160774
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A young worker was riding a mower, rolling golf course greens that were very wet from a recent rainfall. While travelling between greens, the mower lost traction and its tires slid. The mower went over a rock face in a bunker and landed on its wheels about 3 feet below the surface of the greens.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Landscaping
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009161970066
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A mini-excavator struck and severed a 2-inch residential gas line on a residential lot.
Injury Type : Shoulder injury
Core Activity : Manual falling
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009157600131
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A faller was putting an undercut into a 14-inch-diameter hemlock when he was struck on the shoulder by a danger tree that collapsed from uphill. The danger tree was 20 feet high and 5 inches in diameter.
Read an investigation report about an incident in which a faller died when he was struck by a danger tree:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Topics/ AccidentInvestigations/IR-PrimaryResources.asp?ReportID=34625
Injury Type : Fractured leg
Core Activity : Berry farming
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009125400113
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A tractor reversed unexpectedly, pinning the leg of a nearby worker.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Elevator installation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009112850160
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

During the installation of a two-storey elevator motor, the fibre rope attached to the lifting device failed and the motor fell down the elevator shaft (about 20 feet).
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Painting
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009117670133
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A worker on a telescoping boom lift was trying to elevate the work platform between a high-voltage line and a 10-foot guard wire flagged by the utility company. He inadvertently contacted one phase of a 3-phase 25-kV circuit.
Injury Type : Bruising on chest and stomach
Core Activity : Tree removal
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009157530175
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

As a worker was topping a tree, the trunk split open below the undercut. The worker was pulled into the tree and pinned there by his harness. The tree top broke off, releasing the worker. The worker was then shaken down the tree about 6 feet until he regained his grip around the tree.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Stone masonry
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009165870071
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A tractor was digging for a stone garden bed when it struck an underground gas line.
Injury Type : Internal injuries, fractures, contusions
Core Activity : Gardening work
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009117670132
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A worker was loading a trailer that was hitched to a pickup truck. The worker had moved the truck forward and exited the cab when the truck started to roll downhill. The worker tried to re-enter the moving truck and was run over by the trailer.
Injury Type : Multiple lacerations and contusions
Core Activity : Abrasive blasting
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009107200084
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A worker (pot tender) accessed the area under the pressurized sand blasting pot to change a sand blasting hose. While changing the hose at the manifold, the worker was struck by pressurized abrasive grit released from an adjacent hose connection.
Injury Type : Broken arm
Core Activity : Hauling boat trailer
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2009163790072
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A backhoe was loading a boat trailer onto the deck of a truck. When the trailer was loaded, the backhoe backed away. One hoisting chain had not been completely detached. The hoisting chain rotated the trailer, knocking a worker from the truck's deck to the ground.
Injury Type : Pelvic injury
Core Activity : Berry farming
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009117670135
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A farm worker was pulling weeds between berry bushes, head down, when he was run over by a rough-terrain vehicle.
Injury Type : Injury to leg
Core Activity : Vacuum truck operation
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009159110223
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A worker was vacuuming the water reservoir of a stone-cutting machine when the vacuum hose snagged two nearby stone slabs standing on edge on a wheeled A-frame cart. The stone slabs (a countertop and a desktop) started to tip off the A-frame. The worker tried to stabilize the slabs by putting his leg against them but they fell over onto his leg.
Injury Type : Minor injuries
Core Activity : Food product manufacturing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009157410140
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A worker was pulling a cart loaded with food, weighing about 150 kilograms, to a packaging area. The cart tipped over onto the worker. The worker's head struck the concrete floor.
Injury Type : Brain injury, lacerations
Core Activity : Window installation
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009137290104
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A worker was manually manoeuvring a window when it toppled onto him, knocking him to the pavement.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Painting
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009155730114
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A worker was standing on a baker's scaffold, about 11 feet above a concrete surface, when the scaffold tipped over.
Injury Type : Non-injury
Core Activity : Roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009163640118
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

During construction of a condominium, a waterproof membrane was being applied using a propane torch. The inside of a wall caught fire and the building became fully engulfed.
Injury Type : Temporary loss of consciousness
Core Activity : Plastic recycling
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009128220079
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A worker was found unresponsive near an open 480-volt panel on an extrusion machine.
Injury Type : Head injury
Core Activity : Pizza delivery
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009112010012
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A delivery worker was struck by a motor vehicle while crossing a public street.
Injury Type : Cuts and bruises
Core Activity : Loading ladder onto work vehicle
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009161770189
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A worker fell from a wooden stepladder while attempting to secure an extension ladder to the rack of a work vehicle.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009163640114
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

An excavator ruptured a gas line during the installation of underground utilities.
Injury Type : Electric shock
Core Activity : Electrical installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009163710164
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

An electrical worker was moving past an open electrical panel when he brushed against a 16-gauge 600-volt wire. The worker felt a tingling in his arms as the current entered one forearm and exited the other.
Injury Type : Fractured ankle
Core Activity : Warehouse operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009104270141
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A worker was driving a powered pallet jack up a slightly inclined dock plate while entering a trailer at a loading dock. As the pallet jack travelled over the hinged portion of the docking plate, its back end swerved into a nearby worker.
Injury Type : Inhalation of chlorine gas (1 worker, 3 non-workers)
Core Activity : Pool service
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009093690174
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

Pool chemicals containing hydrochloric acid and sodium hypochlorite were inadvertently mixed, resulting in the release of chlorine gas. One worker and three non-workers were exposed to unknown concentrations of chlorine gas.
Injury Type : Broken ribs, fractured vertebrae
Core Activity : Film production
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009110210086
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

While re-patching cable, a worker fell 11 feet from a raised platform.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Land clearing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009155270162
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

An excavator was clearing trees and bushes from the yard of a house to be demolished. The knuckle of the excavator boom contacted two secondary overhead power lines, causing a pole-mounted transformer (120/240 V) to blow. The boom of the excavator came within 6 feet of the primary power line (12 kV) higher up.
Injury Type : Hand laceration
Core Activity : Restaurant
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009155980211
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A young worker acting in self-defence sustained a small cut from a knife used by two men robbing a restaurant.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Concrete formwork
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009161950480
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

As concrete was placed in formwork for a fourth-storey roof slab, a section of formwork (nearly 5 feet by 12 feet) collapsed.
Injury Type : Concussion, back injury
Core Activity : Restaurant
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009108620110
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A worker fell about 8 feet from a stepladder.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009112850151
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

An excavator struck and severed a 1.25-inch natural gas line.
Injury Type : Broken and fractured bones
Core Activity : Baling hay
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009165880066
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A worker was baling hay in a field with a moderate slope. The worker dismounted the tractor to remove an object from the path. The tractor, which had not been shut down, started to move forward. The worker tried to remount the tractor, fell to the ground, and was run over by both the tractor and the hay baler. The equipment continued across the field and went over an embankment.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Restaurant
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009156730233
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A vehicle drove through the wall of a restaurant and struck but did not injure a customer. The driver of the vehicle inadvertently hit the gas instead of the brakes while parking.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Swimming pool operation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009112850149
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

Chlorine gas was released into a containment room after a vacuum regulator malfunctioned. Contaminants from the chlorine tank had created a blockage affecting the regulator diaphragm.
Injury Type : Broken leg, fractured collarbone
Core Activity : Grading logging road
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009160530186
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A grader was backing off the low side of a road when it went down a 69-percent embankment. The grader operator jumped from the cab. The grader came to rest on a lower road 85 metres away.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavating
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009157270136
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

An excavator was backing down an embankment near the edge of a 7-foot-deep excavation. The ground gave way and the excavator fell backwards into the excavation, landing on its rear counterweight. The excavator operator, who was behind closed doors and wearing a seat belt, was not injured.
Injury Type : Burned hand, sprained ankle
Core Activity : Electrical work
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009161950478
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A worker was standing on a stepladder while installing a ceiling light fixture in a parkade. The worker contacted an energized 347-volt electrical wire and fell to the ground.
Injury Type : Hand injury, bruises
Core Activity : Gas bar and convenience store
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009165870081
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A worker at a gas bar was injured during an altercation with a person trying to use a stolen credit card.
Injury Type : Brain injury, multiple fractures
Core Activity : Wood frame construction
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009154970289
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A worker was lifting an exterior wall when he fell more than 14 feet through an unguarded elevator shaft.
Injury Type : Minor burns (2 workers)
Core Activity : Truck maintenance
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009109750068
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

An oxyacetylene torch set was involved in a fire that destroyed its acetylene regulator and a short section of hose. The pressure relief valve on the acetylene tank opened, venting acetylene to the atmosphere. Workers used portable fire extinguishers to put out the acetylene fire.
Injury Type : Potential exposure to asbestos (4 workers, including 1 young worker)
Core Activity : Demolition
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009109750075
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A fire-damaged house that had previously had asbestos-containing vermiculite insulation in the ceiling was being demolished. When workers removed a section of the drywall on the walls, they found some residual vermiculite. Work was stopped, the employer secured the scene, and an acceptable process was put into place for mitigating the asbestos hazard.
See a hazard alert about asbestos in vermiculite insulation:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Posters.asp?ReportID=34943
Injury Type : Hand and arm injuries
Core Activity : Trap fishing
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009157490120
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A worker was hauling (pulling in) a fishing trap using a capstan winch when one hand became wrapped in the line.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Marine pleasure craft manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009112850140
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

During the pre-use inspection of a 3-ton electric hoist with an attached 400-pound spreader bar, the upper limit switch failed and the hoist continued to lift beyond the limit switch. The force applied by the lifting motor caused the lifting chain to fail. The spreader bar dropped about 20 feet to the ground, narrowly missing the hoist operator.
Injury Type : Minor burn to the hand
Core Activity : Auto service or repair
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009122700103
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

Gasoline that spilled from a container used to empty a gas tank was ignited by a spark from an adjacent vehicle bay. The resulting fire destroyed an auto repair building and its contents.
Injury Type : Possible exposure to ozone (3 workers)
Core Activity : Institutional kitchen
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009146490041
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

Two kitchen workers may have been exposed to ozone, generated by UV irradiator lamps in the kitchen exhaust hood, when the hood exhaust fan failed. A worker in an adjacent room may also have been exposed. The three workers evacuated the area when symptoms of exposure (headache, dizziness, coughing, lightheadedness) were noticed; they were taken to hospital.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Commercial construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009113820158
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

Fly rock struck a vehicle and storage shed.
Watch a slide show about a similar fly rock incident:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/ Multimedia/SlideShows.asp?ReportID=34853
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Commercial fishing
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009157490121
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A fishing vessel was found near the beach with its engine running and no one on board. A deceased worker was found about 1.5 nautical miles away.
Injury Type : Possible exposure to hazardous substance
Core Activity : Transfer station operations
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009128230168
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A refuse transfer station was evacuated after the operator of a loader inside the facility suddenly became congested and had difficulty breathing.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavating
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009161770183
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

An excavator was digging a utilities trench for a home under construction when its bucket severed an energized conductor on an adjacent property.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Roofing materials delivery
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009154970275
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

As a truck-mounted crane was hoisting a load of plywood to a rooftop, the crane lifted off one outrigger. The boom and load swung downward and landed on the ground.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavating
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009113830121
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A backhoe was digging near a roadway, searching for telecommunications ducts, when it snagged a 14.4-kV conductor.
Injury Type : Broken wrist, contusions
Core Activity : Roof truss placement
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009157410131
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

Workers were installing 47-foot wood trusses for a flat roof of a 2-storey commercial building. Nineteen trusses had been installed when 13 of them collapsed. A worker on top of the trusses fell about 22 feet.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Installation of windows on highrise
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009165810046
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A corner window post, weighing about 300 pounds, fell 20 storeys along the outside of a highrise building under construction. The post hit a cross-member of a scaffold, then landed 30 feet away from the scaffold. The post narrowly missed a worker on the second level of the scaffold.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Swimming pool
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009109750069
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

At a public swimming pool, the high-level chlorine alarm sounded and staff evacuated the pool and contacted emergency services. The fire department responded and closed the chlorine cylinders. However, chlorine continued to leak from at least one cylinder for another 5 hours. The gas supplier fixed the leaking cylinder.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Industrial or commercial renovation
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009110750384
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A two-storey building that had been empty for 10 years was undergoing seismic upgrading. A worker dropped some bricks from the second floor. The bricks hit an unidentified 1-inch natural gas stub that was sticking out of the ground, broke a lock off the valve on the stub, and partially opened the valve. Gas flowed into the building and by the time the hazard was recognized, the gas company could not enter the building. Surrounding businesses were evacuated, and the entire block was barricaded. No one was injured and no explosion occurred.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Road construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009150180094
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

An excavator struck and ruptured a 1.25-inch 60-psi plastic natural gas line.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavating to install utility pole
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009160850118
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A mini-excavator was excavating to install a new utility pole when it struck and ruptured a 2.5-inch natural gas main line. No one was injured and the gas company contained the leak.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Highrise construction
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009154960202
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

On a highrise construction site, a temporary anchor and suspension line for an elevated work platform were being repositioned. The anchor and line fell to the ground (about 52 metres), causing extensive damage to an unoccupied vehicle parked beside the construction site.
Injury Type : Multiple fractures
Core Activity : Power line installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009113820151
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A worker fell more than 40 feet from a wooden utility pole.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Blasting
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009119700102
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

Fly rock was thrown more than 100 metres from a blast site into the surrounding neighbourhood. Several homes were damaged.
Watch a slide show about a similar fly rock incident:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/ Multimedia/SlideShows.asp?ReportID=34853
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Retail store
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009157600116
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A dust devil (small whirlwind) struck a retail store. Two skylights (each weighing about 500 pounds) were ripped out of their frames on the store's flat roof. One skylight landed on the roof about 40 feet away from its frame, the other about 20 feet away. The openings in the roof allowed the wind to displace ceiling tiles inside the store.
Injury Type : Broken ankle
Core Activity : Steep slope roofing
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2009160670111
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A young worker was preparing to leave a steep roof. He detached his fall protection and accessed an improperly secured ladder. The ladder kicked out and the worker fell 8 feet.
Injury Type : Concussion, laceration, contusions
Core Activity : Trap fishing
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009157490114
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

As a fisherman was hauling up commercial traps, he was struck by the hydraulic trap hauler.
Injury Type : Broken ankle
Core Activity : Low slope roofing
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009110750443
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A worker was removing gravel from a roof and placing it in a bin suspended from a crane. The bin swung and knocked down the worker.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Crane operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009155270207
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A 25-ton telescopic-boom mobile crane was moving a beam into position. A control malfunction caused the boom to slew (swing) into overhead power lines (12 kV), resulting in a power outage in the area. The operator released the hydraulic controls, then waited on the crane's platform until a crew from the power company ensured the line was safely de-energized.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Building demolition
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009110750430
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

During building demolition, a heavy-gauge metal stud (2 inches by 8 inches by 16 feet) was being lowered to the ground. A knot securing the stud came undone and the stud fell, narrowly missing a non-worker on the sidewalk.
Injury Type : Possible concussion
Core Activity : Land clearing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009160850155
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A coiled hose (6 inches in diameter, 50 feet long) was being hoisted in a sling attached to a backhoe. The hose was not secured, and its metal end fitting slipped out of the sling and struck a worker. Fortunately, the worker was wearing protective head gear.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Industrial construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009137102834
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

While under repair, a self-erecting tower crane swung into the elevated boom of a mobile crane.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Tree removal
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009034450217
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

Bug-killed pine was being removed using a 35-ton telescoping boom crane, which was set up on a 16 percent slope with plywood sheets under the wooden pads. The crane's hook was attached to the top of a pine. As the pine was cut, the crane lifted and then swung the cut section (15 feet long) from the right rear quadrant of the crane to the right front quadrant. The crane became unstable, its outriggers slipped off the pads, and the crane slid 20 feet downhill. The outriggers dug into the soil and the load, acting as a pendulum, pulled the crane onto its left side. The boom crushed a parked car. It took two cranes more than a day to get the flipped crane back up.
Injury Type : Ankle injury
Core Activity : Exterior house painting
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009110110224
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A young worker was standing near the unguarded edge of a porch roof, repainting the fascia board on the second-storey roof above. He stepped backward and fell about 16 feet to the gravel surface below. The worker was not equipped with a personal fall protection system.
Injury Type : Serious foot injuries
Core Activity : Wooden box, crate, pallet, or lath manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009157600178
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A round had just been cut off a log. A young worker used his foot to roll the round toward a skid-steer front-end loader fitted with a grapple bucket. As the grapple bucket closed on the round, it caught the worker's foot.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Crane operation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009112850171
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

The whip line lifting block of a 300-ton crane was hoisted into the jib tip sheaves. The tip sheaves were extensively damaged, and many sheave pieces fell to the ground.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Commercial construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009160850147
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

Hydraulic jacks were being used to place a section of penstock (large steel pipe). A small piece of concrete spalled off the corner ledge supporting one of the jack's bearing pads. The spalled concrete fell about 8 feet to a stairwell trap door in the fitted scaffold system below. The nearest worker was about 5 feet from where it landed.
Injury Type : Eye injuries
Core Activity : Mechanical repair of trucks and equipment
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009165870086
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A worker was using a high-pressure spray washer when the hose came off at the wand. The worker was sprayed in the face with hot water and degreaser.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavation for water main installation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009109150553
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

An excavator contacted a tee off a 2-inch steel natural gas distribution line, rupturing the line at the weld. Information about underground utilities had been obtained from BC One Call, but the excavator operator was given a different set of drawings (not provided by BC One Call).
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Grapple yarding
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009152480181
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A grapple yarder had landed a turn of logs and was swinging around to return the grapple back down the hill when the lattice boom framework fractured and failed. The lattice boom fell backwards, missing the cab but striking the back of the yarder.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Plumbing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009116120188
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A worker was soldering a plumbing fitting in a residential basement. The small torch bottle caught fire, and the flame did not extinguish when the trigger was released. The worker dropped the flaming cylinder and left the building. The torch bottle exploded, blowing out stucco from around the exterior wall along the basement sill plates. No one else was in the building.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavator operation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009116120183
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

An excavator's counterweight caught the guy wire of a secondary power pole, which then broke. The power line fell across a highway, blocking five lanes of traffic.
Injury Type : Crushed fingertip
Core Activity : Concrete product manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009104270151
Date of Incident : 2009-Jun

A worker was using a long screwdriver to hold back a mechanical sensor while resetting a concrete block moving machine. The screwdriver's slot end was pinched by a loaded rack of concrete product, causing the screwdriver handle to pin the worker's finger against the machine.
Injury Type : Possible toxic inhalation
Core Activity : Equipment service
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2009163790081
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A worker sprayed an aerosol rust preservative onto an engine cylinder head. The worker suffered discomfort and a sore throat from fumes.
Injury Type : Fractured leg
Core Activity : Public works yard
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009155980215
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A crane truck with an articulating boom was loading replantable trees onto the truck's deck. As one tree was loaded, the steel banding around the root ball being used as a lift point failed. The tree fell 6 feet and struck the worker guiding the load.
Injury Type : Serious burns
Core Activity : Low slope roofing
Location : BC
ID Number : 2009140970177
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A worker was on a roof inspecting a power boiler stack when condensate (extremely hot water from the boiler) discharged from the stack.
Injury Type : Concussion, multiple fractures, lacerations
Core Activity : Low slope roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009165410079
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A worker fell from a residential roof 30 feet above the ground. He struck another roof 10 feet down then fell the remaining 20 feet to the concrete surface below.
Injury Type : Sore leg and shoulder
Core Activity : Traffic control
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009143950120
Date of Incident : 2009-May

At a three-way intersection in a traffic control zone, a vehicle operated by a non-worker drove past a traffic control person (TCP). The vehicle then turned onto a blocked road where a second TCP directed it to stop. The vehicle did not stop as directed and it struck the TCP's sign, causing the pole attached to the sign to strike the worker. The vehicle then stopped.
See a hazard alert about the risks of working in traffic control zones:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Posters.asp?ReportID=35319
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Crane operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009160580126
Date of Incident : 2009-May

As a crane with an articulating boom was lifting a load, the crane's hydraulic cylinder failed. The extended boom fell on top of the load.
Injury Type : Broken leg
Core Activity : Marine vessel servicing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009114550147
Date of Incident : 2009-May

Workers were installing a pressure-fit sleeve coupling over a joint on a marine vessel drive shaft. A shaft coupling tool appears to have failed, causing it to open and strike one of the workers.
Injury Type : Cracked ribs, internal injuries
Core Activity : Lumber loading and unloading containers and trailers
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009157600141
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A worker drove a lift truck to a row of lumber packages on level ground. He parked the lift truck facing the packages, with the forks raised to chest level. He then engaged the parking brake and exited the cab to check tags on the lumber packages. The lift truck rolled and its forks pinned him against the packages.
Injury Type : Fatal (non-worker); minor injuries (1 worker)
Core Activity : Trucking
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009160530173
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A transport truck collided with an oncoming passenger car and an oncoming transport truck before coming to rest on the driver's side. The driver of the oncoming transport truck was not injured.
Injury Type : Multiple injuries to arm
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009034450199
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A worker had finished welding bolts on a transfer belt tailspool and was cleaning the running deck. The worker's glove snagged on the bolts, and his hand was drawn into the transfer belt scraper.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Diving at fin fish farm
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009113820146
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A high-pressure compressor in the hold of a dive vessel exploded. The compressor was being used to fill scuba tanks with nitrox.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Paper mill
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009110210078
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A worker was using a hoist equipped with a spreader bar to transfer a reel spool (4,800 pounds) from the #2 paper machine to the #2 rewinder backstand. The spool was about 4 inches above the spool holder when the hoist cable snapped. The spool dropped into the holder, and the spreader bar landed on a reel spool of paper and against the spreader roll.
Injury Type : Fractured pelvis and ribs
Core Activity : Roofing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009116120162
Date of Incident : 2009-May

Workers were replacing a residential roof with a steep slope (ratio of 7 vertical to 12 horizontal). As one worker was carrying a bundle of asphalt shingles, he fell from the roof to the ground (about 15 feet).
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Blasting
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009156160108
Date of Incident : 2009-May

During rock blasting for road construction, blast material snagged an overhead communications cable. This caused a utility pole to shift and dislodged one phase of a 25-kV power line. No one was injured.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Installing water services
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009120030250
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A backhoe's bucket contacted an underground gas line. Traffic was rerouted and an adjacent business was evacuated. No one was injured.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Concrete pumping
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009124710182
Date of Incident : 2009-May

While pumping concrete with its boom fully extended, a concrete pumper truck tipped over onto the pump side. The outriggers had not been fully deployed.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Oil or gas drilling
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2009124490066
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A slip-and-cut operation had been completed for the main load line on a drilling rig. ("Slip-and-cut" is the process that replaces the drilling line once the load line reaches its duty cycle.) Following this operation, the drilling rig crew hoisted a stand of drill pipe that contacted the crown of the drilling rig. No workers were injured and operations were suspended until an engineer could re-certify the drilling rig as safe for operations.
Injury Type : Lacerations to hand
Core Activity : Wooden component manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009157600119
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A young worker was trimming boards at a planer. Wanting to move one piece, he reached past the safeguard and his hand contacted the saw blade.
Injury Type : Broken hip
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2009157440147
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A worker was on top of a 2x6 lumber bundle removing 4x4 dunnage. As he was getting off the load, he slipped and fell to the ground (about 6 feet).
Injury Type : Minor injuries
Core Activity : Transport of live fish
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009113820133
Date of Incident : 2009-May

While travelling on a highway, a flatbed truck transporting live fish went out of control and overturned. The driver and a passenger (non-worker) sustained only minor injuries.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Worker transport
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009161740097
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A worker went missing while travelling by boat to a remote logging camp. The drowned worker was eventually located about 20 miles from the work site; his boat has not been found.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Farming
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009125400105
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A young worker was on a tractor, compacting silage in an open bunker silo. The tractor rolled over sideways, fatally injuring the worker.
See a hazard alert about a tractor rollover:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Posters.asp?ReportID=34855
Injury Type : Fractured leg
Core Activity : Rock scaling
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009034450190
Date of Incident : 2009-May

Workers were positioned above each other while scaling a 600-foot vertical rock face. One worker was struck by a rock, which may have been dislodged by another worker or the repositioning of the injured worker's rope.
Injury Type : Head injury, fractured ribs and vertebrae
Core Activity : Residential construction
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009137290087
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A worker fell through two stairwell openings, landing on the basement floor 22 feet below.
Read an investigation report about a similar incident:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Topics/AccidentInvestigations/IR-Construction.asp?ReportID=35074
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Falling and bucking
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009158930099
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A manual faller was preparing to fall a red cedar danger tree. A green tree was limb-tied to the cedar. The faller was trying to push over the green tree with another tree when a large slab fell backwards from the cedar and fatally injured him.
Read an investigation report into a similar incident involving a danger tree:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Topics/AccidentInvestigations/IR-PrimaryResources.asp?ReportID=34625
Injury Type : Burns to face and eyes
Core Activity : Electrical repair
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2009153370097
Date of Incident : 2009-May

At a crude oil pumping station, a worker was doing electrical work on a variable frequency drive (VFD). The worker was reversing the leads from the VFD to a recently installed crude oil pump when a capacitor in the VFD discharged, causing an arc flash.
Injury Type : Lacerated scalp
Core Activity : Residential demolition
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009161760825
Date of Incident : 2009-May

As an excavator was placing demolition debris in a garbage bin, a piece of the debris fell and struck a worker's head.
Injury Type : Concussion, temporary loss of consciousness
Core Activity : Framing or residential forming
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009117640351
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A worker unhooked his fall protection lanyard to walk across a second-storey residential metal roof with a slope ratio of 4 vertical to 12 horizontal. The worker slipped and fell 18 feet from the edge of the roof, striking a ladder as he fell.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Paper production and rolling
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009157600106
Date of Incident : 2009-May

Workers had finished coring up (reloading) a rewinder shaft, which requires the shaft to be cantilevered by clamping the journal of one side of the spool. A worker was trying to lower the shaft puller in order to free the shaft and core held up by a hoist. The clamp on the back side was not disengaged, however, and one of the hoist cables snapped. No one was injured.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Pile drilling
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2009154930161
Date of Incident : 2009-May

During pile drilling on a construction site, the drill's auger bit contacted a natural gas distribution pipeline. No one was injured.
Injury Type : Mild concussion
Core Activity : Wood frame construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009124710177
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A 12-foot beam was resting in a beam pocket on a top wall plate. As one end of it was being cut, the beam was dislodged and struck the hard hat of a passing worker.
Injury Type : Lacerated leg
Core Activity : Low slope roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009161770163
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A worker was using a circular saw to cut into a framed roof surface. He had just completed a plunge cut when the saw contacted his leg.
Injury Type : Fractured wrist, contusions, strain
Core Activity : Electrical work
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009137102768
Date of Incident : 2009-May

As a worker was descending an unsecured ladder, both the ladder and worker fell to the ground (about 10 feet).
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Land clearing and site surface preparation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009156240146
Date of Incident : 2009-May

As an excavator travelled under overhead lines, its boom snagged a low-hanging communications cable. The tension caused the 25-kV power lines to separate from the insulators, and an energized line fell to the ground. The excavator did not come into contact with any of the energized lines.
Injury Type : Fractured skull, broken arms, lacerations
Core Activity : Re-roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009137102765
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A young worker attempted to stop a 4x8 sheet of plywood from sliding off the roof edge. The worker fell with the plywood, landing on the back deck about 16 feet below. No fall protection system was in place.
Injury Type : Broken ankle
Core Activity : Exterior painting
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009155730106
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A worker was about 28 feet up a ladder, painting exterior window trim. As the worker reached sideways, the ladder, which was not secured, slid out and the worker fell to the ground.
Injury Type : Amputated fingertip
Core Activity : Meat processing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009157410115
Date of Incident : 2009-May

As a worker was cutting meat with a band saw, one finger contacted the blade.
Injury Type : Temporary loss of consciousness, puncture wound to hand
Core Activity : Sheet metal fabrication
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009110750348
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A worker went into shock after one hand was punctured by a sheet metal screw.
Injury Type : Fractured leg
Core Activity : Supermarket
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009111110189
Date of Incident : 2009-May

As an outdoor product cart was moved, it fell onto a worker.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Tower crane operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009117080166
Date of Incident : 2009-May

The load block hood and load line of a tower crane contacted an overhead high-voltage power line. The trolley motor had been removed, and the loose trolley line safety device was manually engaged incorrectly, allowing the trolley to move inwards.
Injury Type : Multiple fractures
Core Activity : General retail
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009108620078
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A worker was on an extension ladder changing a light bulb when he fell about 20 feet.
Injury Type : Serious head injury
Core Activity : Newspaper delivery
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009145130119
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A worker was run over by his own vehicle, which was parked on a steep hill.
Injury Type : Fractured feet
Core Activity : Roofing
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009161290298
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A worker had cut sheathing to size and was placing it on the roof when it dislodged and knocked him off his feet. He rode the sheathing to the edge of the roof, then fell to a concrete walkway. The worker was using personal fall protection but there was excessive slack in his lifeline.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Wood frame construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009124710171
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A 10-foot section of roof collapsed after being overloaded with roofing material.
Injury Type : Hand laceration
Core Activity : Local government and related operations
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009117930070
Date of Incident : 2009-May

As a worker was repairing a loader, the ball joint was blown out of the ram socket and struck the worker's hand. The worker had heated up both the ram and the ball joint.
Injury Type : Arm amputation
Core Activity : Food product manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009165830019
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A worker was placing dough in the unguarded hopper of an energized top-loading dough mixer. The blades of the mixer amputated one of the worker's arms.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Tower crane operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009155400065
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A tower crane was lifting a job-built container with a load of 2,700 pounds. The container collapsed and the load fell to the ground (about 15 feet).
Injury Type : Fractured ribs
Core Activity : Manual falling
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009137160052
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A faller was falling a large danger tree (63 feet tall, 28 inches in diameter) on steep ground. The danger tree broke off 6 feet up the stem and fell backwards. The faller was found 27 feet below the base of the tree.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Test hole drilling
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009154960187
Date of Incident : 2009-May

During overdrilling in an existing borehole, the hollow-stem auger struck a 2-inch natural gas line. The resulting natural gas leak was later repaired.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Framing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009156240143
Date of Incident : 2009-May

Fire destroyed a wood frame building under construction. No workers were on site at the time of the fire.
Injury Type : Fractured leg
Core Activity : Falling and bucking
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009161750107
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A faller was struck by a cedar log that had just been bucked.
Injury Type : Cracked vertebrae
Core Activity : Electrical utilities
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009117930067
Date of Incident : 2009-May

During a training exercise, a worker was descending a 40-foot wooden utility pole. He was about 20 feet up when he fell to the ground.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Auto service and repair
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009070890042
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A mechanic was changing the oil of a short-box pickup truck. As the oil drained, the truck tipped slowly backward, pivoting on the rear-facing support arms of a hoist with an 8,000-pound capacity. The contents of the truck box were hidden by a security cover; they included a full load of plumbing tools and supplies.
Injury Type : Internal injuries
Core Activity : Finishing carpentry
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009129160731
Date of Incident : 2009-May

Several workers were unloading cabinetry from a semi-trailer truck on a construction site. Thirty-one sheets of fibreboard, each 5 feet by 10 feet and weighing about 90 pounds, were standing between the cabinets. The sheets were not secured. When the cabinets were removed from one side of the trailer, the stack of sheets tilted and pinned a worker against a wall.
See a hazard alert about a worker who was fatally crushed while unloading a stack of materials:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Posters.asp?ReportID=34722
Injury Type : Crushed vertebrae, fractured wrist
Core Activity : Planing mill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009129160733
Date of Incident : 2009-May

Two workers were doing maintenance on a drive unit for the infeed belt conveyor of a debarker. One of them was welding from a ladder about 8 feet above grade. The ladder was secured against the interior wall of a waste conveyor that was not locked out. When the conveyor started, the ladder shifted and the worker fell to the ground.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavating for water line tie-in
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009158880164
Date of Incident : 2009-May

An excavator struck an underground 14.4-kV conductor.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Land clearing, excavation, or site preparation
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009110750330
Date of Incident : 2009-May

An articulating crane mounted on a tractor was moving a large transformer (2370 kilograms) from one side of a work site to another. The side outriggers had not been deployed, and the crane tipped over onto its side, pulling the carrier with it.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Metal recycling facility
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2009163800051
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A worker was repositioning a car crusher trailer in a metal recycling yard when the hydraulic cylinder of the crusher unit snagged a power line. The attached utility pole broke off at ground level and fell across the truck.
Injury Type : Arm injuries
Core Activity : Commercial construction
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009154960160
Date of Incident : 2009-May

To access a suspended slab, a worker climbed the 2x4 walers of the concrete wall formwork. The worker fell about 8 feet.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Road construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009113820118
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A boom truck left a work site with its boom in the raised position. The boom contacted overhead power lines, pulling them down and damaging two utility poles.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Water main installation
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009154960154
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A worker was cutting an existing steel water line (20 inches in diameter) with a cutting torch. The coal-tar corrosion membrane ignited, and the fire spread rapidly along the open-ended 200-foot pipe.
Injury Type : Electric shock
Core Activity : Trailer and truck rental operations
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009163730132
Date of Incident : 2009-May

As a worker was adjusting the feed rollers on an older wire feed machine, one hand contacted the unprotected 110-volt power supply. The worker, who was not wearing gloves, sustained a moderate electric shock. This particular type of machine was manufactured with no barrier between the roller adjusters and the power supply.
Injury Type : Amputated fingers
Core Activity : Concrete pumping
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009110750357
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A worker was cleaning the lines of a concrete pumper truck when the cleaning sponge got stuck in the "S tube" (located in the hopper). As the worker was trying to remove the sponge, the pump cycled.
Injury Type : Electrical burns
Core Activity : Cleanup of new building
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009158880162
Date of Incident : 2009-May

As a young worker was cleaning a high-voltage electrical cabinet in a newly constructed building, he contacted a 12-kV line.
Injury Type : Possible exposure to hazardous substance
Core Activity : Plastic product manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009144660059
Date of Incident : 2009-May

Workers in a manufacturing plant detected an unknown odour. The building was evacuated and the fire department attended the work site.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Loading barge with logging equipment
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2009136960131
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A log loader became unstable while descending a steep barge ramp. The loader overturned and became partly submerged in about 8 feet of water. Co-workers were not able to rescue the trapped operator.
Injury Type : Fractured vertebrae and arm
Core Activity : Insulation installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009122700078
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A worker fell from an attic to grade (12 feet).
Injury Type : Fractured arm, broken ribs
Core Activity : Manual falling
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009152480147
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A manual faller was falling a dangerous tree that was hung up in another tree when a large branch broke off and struck the faller.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Gutter installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009157530122
Date of Incident : 2009-May

Two young workers were positioning a new 52-foot-long gutter on a roof when it contacted a 14.4-kV power line. One of the young workers sustained a fatal electrical injury.
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Injury Type : Compressed vertebrae, facial injuries
Core Activity : Residential framing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009124710157
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A worker was installing roof trusses when he fell to grade (about 12 feet). No fall protection system was in place.
Injury Type : Foot fractures
Core Activity : Metal manufacture and refining
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009111970097
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A worker was leaning on a guardrail to check the flow of effluent in a splitter box when the railing broke. The worker fell forward but was able to land on his feet.
Injury Type : Crush injury to hand
Core Activity : Machine shop
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009104270108
Date of Incident : 2009-May

As a machine operator tried to put a part in the chuck of a vertical lathe, one hand was crushed between the spindle (chuck) and the tool turret of the lathe.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Moving hydroelectric generators
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009152480135
Date of Incident : 2009-May

A worker about to do maintenance was fatally crushed between the gooseneck of a low-bed trailer and a jeep frame. The low-bed operator intended to raise the gooseneck but inadvertently lowered it about 4 inches instead.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Oil or gas well completion
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2009158820218
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

During well completion, an uncontrolled release of natural gas occurred. A hole was eroded during a casing coupling operation as part of a high-pressure fracturing (process to stimulate the gas formation to release its resource).
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Landscaping
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009161970016
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

The bucket of a rubber-tracked mini-excavator struck and severed a gas line 12 inches below sub-grade. The location of underground utilities had not been accurately determined before work began.
Injury Type : Injuries to ankle and foot
Core Activity : Drilling for natural gas
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2009158820110
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

Workers on a drilling rig were conducting a routine cut-and-slip operation (removing the worn portion of the drilling rig's main lifting cable). One of the workers unintentionally bumped a pneumatic toggle switch used to prevent two-blocking. The switch activated a cylinder that applies the draw work's brake, pinning a worker's ankle between the cylinder yoke and a pivot shaft.
Injury Type : Non-injury
Core Activity : Dumping debris from land clearing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009156730173
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A large dump truck dumped its load of debris, then pulled forward with its box still raised. The box struck a 25-kV overhead power line, causing one of the truck's tires to blow off and igniting a fire in the surrounding area.
Injury Type : Fracture, lacerations
Core Activity : Paper recycling
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009163730126
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

At a paper recycling facility, two workers were repositioning the primary screen basket using an overhead crane. One worker inadvertently activated the crane's remote control, causing the crane to move. As a result, two of the three bolts securing the screen to the under-the-hook lifting device snapped. One arm of the lifting device came up and struck the other worker.
Injury Type : Electric shock, temporary loss of consciousness
Core Activity : Welding
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009143950091
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A worker was plugging a 240-volt extension cord for a portable welder into a 240-volt wall receptacle when he sustained an electric shock. The shock propelled him about 4 feet, where he struck a parked vehicle.
Injury Type : Bruises
Core Activity : Log hauling
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009161740087
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

Two loaded logging trucks were on the same road heading in the same direction. The lead truck pulled over to let the second truck pass. As the second truck was passing, a small log fell off of it. The log struck the cab of the truck that had pulled over, slightly injuring the driver of that truck.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Shrink-wrapping of scaffolding
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009158880152
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

Workers were applying a shrink-wrap tarp to a scaffold 7 storeys high. A gust of wind tore the tarp from the workers' grasp and wrapped it around a 12-kV power line. The wind then pulled the tarp and power line into a second power line, causing the first line to melt and fall to the ground while still energized.
Injury Type : Puncture wound to arm
Core Activity : Public school district
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009165570016
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A student in a vocational program was using a pneumatic nailer to nail floor joist blocking. A nail deflected and struck the student.
Injury Type : Hip injury, laceration
Core Activity : Residential renovation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009155070086
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A worker fell just over 17 feet from an unguarded roof edge to grade.
Injury Type : Contusion and possible concussion
Core Activity : Sheet metal fabrication
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009157410101
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A worker had exited a lift truck to place dunnage under a load. The worker was standing behind the lift truck carriage and bent over to place the dunnage. As he stood up, the worker struck his head on the carriage.
Injury Type : Fractures
Core Activity : Supermarket
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009163730124
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

Two workers were placing a deli oven weighing about 500 pounds onto a pallet for disposal. The oven was raised on the forks of a small electric hand forklift. As the workers were pushing the pallet under the oven, the oven became unstable and fell onto one of the workers.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Wood preserving
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009110210057
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A loader was on the back side of the peeler deck, helping to manipulate a pole onto the carriage. When the job was finished, the loader backed up and struck a pothole. The loader's forks rose and caught the cable attached to the peeler shed wall, tearing it from the building.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Concrete reinforcing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009161950451
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

The bottom mat of steel reinforcing rebar was being installed in a slab at ground level. Workers were using a gas-powered cut-off saw with an abrasive blade. After the workers had left the site, the vapour barrier caught fire. The fire was immediately extinguished.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Tower crane operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009115132475
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

The jib of a lower tower crane contacted the hoist line of a higher tower crane.
Injury Type : Amputated finger
Core Activity : Leaking condo repair
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009154960146
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A worker was ripping a small, unsecured strip of plywood with a portable circular saw. When the wood kicked back, the hand securing the stock contacted the saw blade.
Injury Type : Serious hand injuries
Core Activity : Rock scaling
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009034450165
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A worker on a rock scaling crew noticed a coolant leak on a running air compressor. The worker opened the door of the air compressor. While moving the radiator hoses to locate the leak, the worker's hand was caught in the engine fan.
Injury Type : Strained leg
Core Activity : Structural concrete forming
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009163710119
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

As a worker was installing bolts on a gang panel, he was pinned by another panel being moved by a tower crane.
Injury Type : Serious burns to one arm
Core Activity : Installing traffic signal
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009157450048
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

While working on a traffic signal, a worker contacted the uninsulated wires of nearby trolley bus lines.
Injury Type : Electric shock
Core Activity : Food product manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009156730166
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A worker was standing on a table trying to insert a plastic scraper in a metal food-processing machine. The worker sustained an electric shock, and fell about 3 feet to the concrete floor.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavation work
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009112850123
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

While preparing a site for a retaining wall, an excavator severed a 1.75-inch gas line. The line was about 6 feet below grade, inside the owner's property line. The location of underground utilities had not been accurately determined before digging began.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Replacing window panes
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009161950456
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

As eight workers were removing a pane of tempered glass from a third-floor window, the pane shattered and fell to the ground. No one was injured.
Injury Type : Smoke inhalation (5 workers); burns and foot injury (1 worker)
Core Activity : Fire brigade
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2009111080049
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

Six firefighters were injured while fighting a fire in a residential building.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Utility upgrades
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009154960122
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A backhoe was digging 1 metre from a located 2-inch gas line when it ruptured an intersecting 1-inch gas line.
Injury Type : Large leg contusion and pain
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009157600091
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

Three workers had just replaced the anvil in the hog that mechanically crushes ("chews") bark and other wood by-products. The hog door had been raised using a come-along winch. As the workers were closing the hog door, the come-along chain came loose and the door fell onto a worker's leg.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Log hauling
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009113820090
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A loaded off-highway logging truck went out of control while descending a steep grade. The truck and trailer rolled onto their side, and the load of logs spilled off the trailer.
Injury Type : Concussion, hand injuries
Core Activity : Ranch
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009116120114
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A 2-seater plane flown by a worker crashed.
Injury Type : Fractured vertebrae, arm, foot
Core Activity : Framing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009163050074
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A worker was about to install tar paper around window openings above a sundeck that had a rubber membrane on its surface. The membrane was covered in a thin layer of frost. When the worker stepped on the membrane, he slipped and fell 21 feet to the ground below. The worker was not wearing any personal fall protection equipment.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Maintenance of underwater intake grate
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009160850076
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A 24-foot aluminum diving boat, secured by a two-point moor to a bridge over a river, overturned while the 4-person crew was conducting diving operations. No one was injured.
Injury Type : Non-injury
Core Activity : Court services
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009163050072
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A local detachment of the RCMP received a telephoned bomb threat regarding the court services building. The building was evacuated, and no injuries were sustained by employees or members of the public.
Injury Type : Crush injury to leg
Core Activity : Strip steel slitting and cutting
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009157520116
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

An 1,800-pound slit steel coil fell off a coil car and struck a nearby worker.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Land clearing or site surface preparation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009152480115
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A faller lost control of a tree he was falling, and it struck an energized 14.4-kV overhead power line. The faller then tried to cut the tree down from the line while the line was still energized.
Injury Type : Fractured wrist
Core Activity : Hotel food service
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009110750314
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

While carrying a pail of food to the cooler, a worker fell.
Injury Type : Broken nose, rib injuries
Core Activity : Liquor store
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009029270092
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A worker was preparing a new liquor store for opening when he heard a noise outside the front of the store and observed liquid coming through the seal around the door. When the worker opened the door to investigate, he was jumped by a group of seven youths and assaulted. The youths were scared off by three other teenagers who observed the incident and phoned 9-1-1.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009156730140
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

During excavation work, a boom truck was holding in position a utility pole that carried energized 25-kV power lines. The bottom of the utility pole kicked out, overloading and destabilizing the crane.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Road maintenance
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009143950069
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A tri-axle end dump trailer was dumping a load of sand in a sand storage shed on a private ski hill road. The driver moved the tractor trailer unit ahead with the box raised. The box contacted an overhead 25-kV power line.
Injury Type : Exposure to asbestos (2 workers)
Core Activity : Food processing plant
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009161970020
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

Two workers entered an attic area insulated with asbestos-containing material. Unaware that the material contained asbestos, the workers disturbed it. They were not using any type of personal protective equipment.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Construction site surface preparation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009161770128
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A mini-excavator trying to remove a tree stump ruptured a 2-inch buried gas line, resulting in the discharge of gas.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Scaffold erection
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009158880146
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

As final height adjustments were being made to a section of scaffolding 40 feet long by 24 feet high, the scaffolding toppled over, contacting a low-voltage line.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Forklift operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009117080138
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

The carriage of a telescopic forklift contacted an energized low-voltage overhead power line.
Injury Type : Partial amputation of arm
Core Activity : Aluminum window manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009113830086
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A worker sustained a partial amputation while using a chop saw to cut cardboard.
Injury Type : Temporary loss of consciousness; bruising
Core Activity : Fireproofing and insulation work
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009111110160
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A worker on scaffolding 25 feet above grade fell about 8 feet to the scaffold working platform below the one he was on.
Injury Type : Singed arms
Core Activity : Rock drilling
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009117640239
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A rock drilling company drilled into an underground concrete-encased 14.4-kV electric conductor.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Transportation and warehousing
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009112840077
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A packaged metal product transported on a forklift sliced through a plastic-reinforced corner and wall of a plastic tote that contained 1000 litres of a concentrated detergent. After the tote was sliced, the forklift operator tipped the tote onto its side to prevent the container from discharging the entire contents. The container was moved from the warehouse area to one end of the parking lot and then near a storm drain at the other end of the lot. This course of action was re-evaluated and the tote was returned to the loading area of the warehouse. A worker who started clean-up of the product in the warehouse without appropriate personal protective equipment was decontaminated by the Hazardous Materials Response Unit. The tote contained a mixture of sodium hydroxide, sodium hypochlorite, alkyl tricarboxylate, and polyacrylate. No one was injured.
Injury Type : Fractured ribs
Core Activity : Scaffold rentals and installations
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009157450044
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

In a storage yard, a forklift operator was moving a bundle of scaffold metal braces and putt logs. The bundle rolled forward off the forks and onto a worker.
Injury Type : Amputated fingertip
Core Activity : Sheet metal fabrication
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009163730115
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A worker was operating a punch press. As the worker removed a part that had just been punched, the machine unexpectedly cycled.
Injury Type : Fractured ankle
Core Activity : Movie theatre
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009120030186
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

While changing sign letters, a worker fell about 6 feet to the ground from a 13-foot aluminum extension ladder.
Injury Type : Broken leg (non-worker)
Core Activity : Warehouse operation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009150180040
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A 2-year-old child climbed onto a forklift. The child was standing at the steering wheel with his foot on the throttle pedal. The child turned the key and the forklift started. The forklift was in gear and drove straight ahead and off the end of the 4-foot-high loading dock. The forklift came to rest on its side with the child under the forklift.
Injury Type : Burns
Core Activity : Electrical work
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009111110159
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A worker had completed installing a new breaker kit in a 600-volt panel that had to remain energized for specialized equipment (MRI, lab equipment). As the worker exited the breaker installation area, the tool he was holding contacted a live bus, causing an arc flash.
Injury Type : Bruising from harness
Core Activity : Concrete finishing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009163710102
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

Two concrete finishers were moving a swing stage platform when the down button on one of the cable motors became stuck due to a buildup of concrete grout. The other side of the swing stage continued downward, leaving one worker hanging in his harness and the other worker holding onto the swing stage.
Injury Type : Hand lacerations and fractures (non-worker)
Core Activity : Mass copying of compact discs
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009139860094
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A non-worker was watching a compact disc/industrial-sized printer in production. The non-worker reached for a falling CD and got his hand caught in the machine.
Injury Type : Deep laceration
Core Activity : Manual tree falling
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009158930072
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A faller was cut when his chainsaw kicked out of a back cut of a standing tree.
Injury Type : Undetermined injuries to back, pelvis, leg, arm
Core Activity : Manufacture of fire dampers
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009147280072
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A worker was retrieving a 20-foot piece of pipe from job-built angled cantilever storage racking. The racking, which was just over 6 feet high, tipped over. Metal stock struck and partially covered the worker.
Injury Type : Broken ankle
Core Activity : Mobile rock crusher operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009157410084
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A worker entered the discharge conveyor section of a mobile rock crusher to clear material. The conveyor inadvertently started with the worker in the area.
Injury Type : Fractures, cuts, scrapes
Core Activity : Orchard operation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009165880009
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A worker was operating a tractor, spreading fertilizer down the rows of a high-density orchard while other workers followed behind. One worker tried to walk to the front of the tractor while it was in operation. The worker fell backwards under the tractor's left rear tire and was run over.
Injury Type : Amputated fingertip
Core Activity : Wood product manufacturing
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009111110129
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A worker's fingertip was amputated as he used his hand to test the temperature of the side head pressure plate that aligns boards going through a planer.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Irrigation line installation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009165880003
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A backhoe struck a 2-inch natural gas line while digging to install a new water line in a vineyard. After contacting the gas line the backhoe operator left the area.
Injury Type : Fractured vertebrae, concussion, abrasions
Core Activity : House construction
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009117640209
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A worker was installing hip roof trusses while standing on the bottom chord of a pre-manufactured 26-foot-span wooden truss when the pressed fastener sheared. He fell 9 feet 4 inches to the concrete floor below.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Pipeline installation
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2009124490044
Date of Accident : 2009-Apr

Workers were hydrovacing (a process using hot water and vacuum suction to locate and expose underground utilities) and excavating around an existing sour gas pipeline. The workers did not anticipate a bend in the pipeline. The excavator ruptured the pipeline, releasing sour gas (hydrogen sulfide) and fluids into the immediate work area. Workers evacuated the area and the rupture was contained without any workers being injured.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Interior renovations to retail premises
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009161950429
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A worker was coring a 2-inch-diameter hole in an 8-inch-thick concrete suspended slab. At a depth of 5.5 inches, the drill bit struck and damaged an energized 600-volt conductor.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Agriculture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009152480102
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A utility vehicle struck the side of the trailer unit of a parked semi truck and trailer. The worker operating the utility vehicle was fatally injured.
Injury Type : Bruising
Core Activity : Bridge resurfacing
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2009157620084
Date of Incident : 2009-Apr

A worker was struck by the side mirror of a truck that drove through a traffic barricade and into a work area. The truck was being pursued by police.


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