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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 Construction incidents are available online.

Construction - Incident Summaries

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Construction incident summaries from other dates

2010 July - December (updated January 17, 2012)


Injury Type : Fractured leg 
Core Activity : New pipeline construction
Location : Northern B.C.
ID Number : 2012170090003
Date of Incident : 2012-Jan

Workers were assembling the last of 12 sideboom pipelayers (machines used for moving pipe on pipelines). The workers were trying to reposition a 3/4-inch steel cable that had slipped out of one of the units' hoisting winches. As the workers were pried the cable, another worker activated the counterweight switch. This resulted in the counterweight closing and catching the worker who was in the counterweight.


Injury Type : Eye injury 
Core Activity : Oil and gas drilling
Location : Northern B.C.
ID Number : 2011158820194
Date of Incident : 2011-Nov

A worker was using a hydraulic hose press (machine used to attach fittings to the end of hydraulic hoses) when the worker heard a bang and felt something hit his eye.


Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavator operation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2011112850011
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

Workers were excavating to locate a water main break when the excavator contacted an underground 25-kV conductor.
Injury Type : Electrical burns (1 worker); temporary vision impairment (1 worker)
Core Activity : Installation of utility electricity supply
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010165880501
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

Two power line technicians (PLTs) were completing a drop from a 5400-volt overhead primary circuit to an underground distribution vault. The final connection required connection to an energized junction bar. The PLT working in the underground distribution vault installed a 200-amp elbow to the grounded cable. Barehanded, he subsequently attached the grounded elbow to the energized-5400 volt junction bar. The resulting fault to ground created an explosion and electric arc flash.
Injury Type : Fractures (2 workers)
Core Activity : Rock scaling
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2011137103139
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

Two rock scalers (one a young worker) were seriously injured when their primary and secondary anchor points failed and the workers fell about 6 metres.
Injury Type : Exposure to asbestos fibres (1 worker, 1 non-worker)
Core Activity : Installing furnace
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2011109750007
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

A worker was removing an old furnace in preparation for installing a new one. The homeowner had improperly removed asbestos-containing duct tape from the old furnace prior to this worker starting work. Work was stopped and proper cleanup was conducted by a qualified contractor after the employer was made aware of the asbestos-containing material.
Injury Type : Fractured leg, soft-tissue injuries to arm and back
Core Activity : Welding/Maintenance work
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2011163050002
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

Maintenance work was being conducted outside of a welding shop by a welder, who was in the process of heating a shaft on a large air supply blower, weighing about 300 pounds. The blower unit was standing on edge, as the shaft was being cut off. The blower tipped over, striking the worker.
Injury Type : Exposure to airborne chrysotile asbestos (3 workers)
Core Activity : Flood restoration
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2011112840003
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

Laboratory analysis of sheet linoleum were incorrectly transcribed and reported as "Chrysotile 0%". The flooring sample actually contained 25% chrysotile asbestos. Three workers were exposed to the asbestos-containing material when they removed the flooring without any dust control measures or respiratory protection.
Injury Type : Compressed vertebrae
Core Activity : Building concrete forms
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010154930495
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

A worker wearing fall protection equipment was assembling scaffolding as part of setting up concrete forms. The worker fell about 9 feet as the lifeline being used was too long.
Injury Type : Fractured leg
Core Activity : Bridge construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010143950326
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

A carpenter was working near an augered hole measuring about 34 feet deep, and about 4.5 feet in diameter at the top, tapering to about 2.5 feet at the bottom. The worker fell into the excavation and was rescued by the local fire department.
Injury Type : Puncture wound to finger
Core Activity : Commercial building construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010131490450
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

A young worker was operating a nailgun at a construction site when a nail from the gun penetrated his finger.
Injury Type : Fatal (1 worker); wrist and ankle injuries (1 worker)
Core Activity : Residential wood frame construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010114050380
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

Two workers were standing on a job-built wooden scaffold on the outside of a building, about 14 feet above grade. One of the scaffolding supports failed and the workers fell. One worker fell 6.5 feet and landed on a jut-out on the first floor of the building. The other worker hit the same jut-out and then fell another 8 feet, to the frozen ground below.
Injury Type : Multiple fractures of arm, pelvis
Core Activity : Industrial, commercial, institutional, or highrise residential construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010165810371
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

A worker who was installing insulation on corrugated metal roof decking fell through a roof opening and landed on concrete at grade, 18 feet below. The opening had been covered by an unsecured sheet of 3/4-inch plywood.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Demolition
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010156240315
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

Several sections of wood hoarding (4x8 feet) on the perimeter of a demolition site were blown over onto an adjacent sidewalk in high winds. No workers were on site, and no other persons were injured.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Commercial construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010158880387
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

A worker fell 13 metres to a concrete deck.
Injury Type : Serious burns
Core Activity : Low slope roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010157560393
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

Flammable vapours from a roofing primer accumulated in a hoarding enclosure and ignited when a torch was lit nearby. One of two workers in the area was engulfed in flames and had to run through the flames to safety.
Injury Type : Broken ribs, internal injuries
Core Activity : Masonry
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010157530422
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

A worker stepped onto a tarped skylight, believing it was a stack of bricks, and fell through the skylight to the concrete floor 11 feet below.
Injury Type : Crush injuries to hand
Core Activity : Drilling
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010154890286
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

A worker was assisting the operator of a drilling rig and was using a wrench to break the drill steel. The worker's hand became caught between the head of the drill and the table.
Injury Type : Fractured skull, shoulder, wrist
Core Activity : Steep slope roofing
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010116110248
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

A worker was preparing roof sheathing for the shingles by nailing on an ice and water shielding membrane at the edge of the roof. The worker was kneeling on the membrane when the nails released. The worker slid off the roof and fell to grade (9 feet, 10 inches).
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Concrete formwork
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010117080327
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

A wall form (gang form) fell over onto a worker.
Injury Type : Back pain and strain
Core Activity : Residential framing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010113830267
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

A young worker stepped on a middle wooden stair stringer and fell 12.5 feet to basement level as the stringer broke.
Injury Type : Head injury, concussion
Core Activity : Stucco envelope upgrade
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010161290676
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

A stucco applicator was cleaning excess material from fascia boards and skirt roofing using a hand brush and water hose. The worker was working from a 7.5-foot aluminum sawhorse when he fell to the ground and struck his head on the concrete driveway.
Injury Type : Broken arm
Core Activity : Constructing temporary kiosks
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010112010089
Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

A worker drilling a hole (quarter-inch diameter) in an object inadvertently drilled through the object and through the wall of a 100-pound propane cylinder behind it. As liquid propane escaped, workers were told to evacuate the area. A kiosk worker who tripped while running away injured one arm. The propane subsequently ignited and the fire damaged equipment and several kiosks on the site.
Injury Type : Life-threatening injuries
Core Activity : Traffic control
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010157410285
Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

A traffic control person was sitting in a work truck to keep warm. The truck was parked near a rail crossing at a job site. An approaching train activated the rail-crossing signal, causing the crossing arms to lower. One crossing arm lowered onto the truck. The worker tried to move the truck but truck crossed into the path of the oncoming train. The truck was pushed about 30 metres down the track and into the rail-crossing control shed.
Injury Type : Broken leg bones
Core Activity : Pipeline construction
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010154930445
Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

During pipeline construction, a heavy pipeline assembly became unsupported and fell on a worker's leg. The worker also slipped in his effort to get out of the way.
Injury Type : Head injury, broken arm and leg
Core Activity : Drywall installation and finishing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010157410276
Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

A lone worker fell 11 feet down an unguarded elevator shaft at a house under construction. A contractor later arrived on site and found the injured worker sitting in his vehicle in a confused state.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Construction
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010161740472
Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

While working on a construction project in an old rock quarry, a blasting crew exposed some undetonated explosives believed to be from the time the quarry was developed. Primed explosives were destroyed by the blaster of record. The next day the blasting crew discovered a loose detonator and two sticks of explosives. The site was shut down, and WorkSafeBC attended to assist the blaster of record with safe work procedures to clear the site of unfired explosives before work resumed.
Injury Type : Hip injuries
Core Activity : Shingle roofing
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010146890196
Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

A worker was applying shingles to a 4/12 pitch roof when he slipped and fell 18 feet to grade. The worker was using a personal fall protection system at the time of the accident, but he struck the ground as the system was arresting.
Injury Type : Minor injury to head, bruised tailbone
Core Activity : Commercial construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010112850306
Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

A worker fell from a gang form wall to grade (about 6 feet).
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Concrete placing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010143950282
Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

A worker was backing up a concrete truck and struck a utility pole. The pole was damaged and low-voltage lines fell onto the truck. The worker remained in the truck until the fire department and gas utility crew attended the scene.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Mobile crane operations
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010117080322
Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

A mobile crane was moving the crane between R9 and R10 masts to reposition the base plates for the crane base. A spotter with radio contact to the crane operator was positioned on the centre tower. Another spotter was positioned at grade level. The mobile crane operator proceeded to back up between the temporary supporting roof cables and reportedly made minor contact with the crane boom tip and one temporary supporting roof cable. The spotter, who was positioned on the centre tower, immediately made radio contact with the crane operator to stop movement of the crane.
Injury Type : Bruised arm
Core Activity : Steep slope roofing
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010137290315
Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

A worker slipped on wet roofing paper and slid down a steeply sloped roof, falling to the concrete sidewalk below.
Injury Type : Fractured ribs, soft-tissue injuries to lower body
Core Activity : Roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010110110541
Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

A worker fell about 25 feet from an unguarded 7:12 sloped apartment building roof and landed on a section of flat roof below.
Injury Type : Broken bones
Core Activity : Commercial refrigeration work
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010064400014
Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

A worker fell about 10 feet from a vertical ladder while accessing a work platform.
Injury Type : Upper body injuries
Core Activity : Oil or gas pipeline construction
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2011154930038
Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

A young worker was working some 20 feet below another worker, who was working from a ladder on a tank. A pipe wrench fell off the tank, hitting the young worker's hardhat, neck, and face. His hardhat cracked and he was injured.
Injury Type : Bruised midsection
Core Activity : Water well, foundational, or directional drilling
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010165810343
Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

A worker was pinned against the back of a trailer wall by a tracked carrier. The worker had started the ignition of the carrier while standing in front of the machine. The carrier climbed the chocks and pinned the worker before finally stalling out. A nearby co-worker assisted immediately.
Injury Type : Electrical shock
Core Activity : Residential demolition
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010161761316
Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

A young worker sustained an electrical shock when the screwdriver he was using contacted an energized 120-volt conductor.
Injury Type : Injury to eye area
Core Activity : Preparation for siding installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010156730503
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

A worker was installing strapping for siding when a nail from the worker's nail gun ricocheted and struck the worker in the eye area. The worker was not wearing safety glasses and the air nailer was not equipped with a shroud.
Injury Type : Abdominal injuries
Core Activity : Pressure washing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010156730474
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

A worker was pressure washing on a 2-storey roof. He unhooked his fall protection system to move his lifeline, stepped on a rain runner (piece of metal which channels water from the downspout to the gutter to protect the roof shingle), and slipped off the roof. The worker fell about 18 feet and landed on large rocks
Injury Type : Crush injury, fractures, internal injuries
Core Activity : Travelling to/from worksite
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010144250129
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

A young worker driving home from a worksite lost control of his pickup truck when crossing a wood-decked bridge. The worker was ejected from the vehicle when it rolled over into a ditch.
Injury Type : Serious burns
Core Activity : Erecting steel frame structures
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010034450344
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

A welder, standing in a man-lift bucket, was completing overhead connections on structural steel. When sparks and slag dropped down the welder's outer protective clothing, the polyester shirt he was wearing underneath caught fire.
Injury Type : Puncture wound to leg
Core Activity : Framing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010155730149
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

A worker using a pneumatic air nailer inadvertently fired a 3-inch nail into his leg.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Pile driving
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2011163790043
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

A gravity pile driver unit was lifting the gravity hammer up to the top of the leed, so that a new pile could be placed into the system, when the hammer brake failed. The hammer fell through the leed to the ground, sheering off a leed guyline.
Injury Type : Fractured vertebrae
Core Activity : Roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2011157410019
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

A worker fell about 15 feet while descending a ladder.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Hauling and dumping brush
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010166520392
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

A rock truck was dumping a load of brush when its raised box contacted overhead telecommunications and power lines (14.4-kV). Only the power lines were severed.
Injury Type : Penetrating chest injury
Core Activity : Framing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010155270229
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

A framer was standing on an 8-foot stepladder, nailing two wood frame exterior corner wall sections together. As he pointed a pneumatic partial-sequential nail gun toward himself to reverse-nail through the exterior plywood sheathing into the wall frames, he slipped. The nail gun's muzzle contacted his chest, discharging a 3-inch nail.
Injury Type : Fractured leg, bruises
Core Activity : Bridge building
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010158920224
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

A worker changed the grinding stone on a handheld 5-inch grinder and proceeded to remove some excess concrete. The grinding wheel shattered and flying pieces struck the worker. The grinding wheel was rated at 6,000 rpm and the grinder at 10,000 rpm.
Injury Type : Fractures and soft-tissue injuries to arm; multiple contusions
Core Activity : Steep slope roofing
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010137290304
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

A worker fell from a portable extension ladder.
Injury Type : Fractured skull, elbow
Core Activity : House framing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010155980301
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

A worker doing carpentry work from a stepladder fell about 5 feet. The worker has no memory of events leading up to the fall or the cause.
Injury Type : Sore ribs, minor cut to hand
Core Activity : Wood frame construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010128230429
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

A framer was working from a stepladder, setting a beam at the outside edge of the fourth floor of a wood-frame townhouse. The framer lost his balance and fell from the ladder and over the edge of the building. His fall was arrested by his personal fall protection equipment.
Injury Type : Injuries to both hands
Core Activity : Framing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010155730147
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

A young worker was closing in a framed skylight when he stepped onto an unsupported piece of half-inch plywood. The plywood broke, and the worker fell 18 feet to the concrete floor below.
Injury Type : Exposure to isocyanates
Core Activity : Application of spray insulation foam
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010107200190
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

A worker was spray applying two-component, isocyanate-containing foam insulation in a newly constructed house when he experienced a severe asthmatic reaction.
Injury Type : Back and neck injuries (1 worker); fractured ankle (1 worker)
Core Activity : General construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010155070240
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

Two workers fell about 7 feet when one of the bearers supporting a job-built wooden platform failed.
Injury Type : Bruising
Core Activity : Scaffold dismantling
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010163730236
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

A worker was dismantling a scaffold assembly when he slipped and fell to grade (about 10 feet).
Injury Type : Head injury, broken collar bone and ribs
Core Activity : Framing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010157410249
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

A worker fell about 18 feet down an open stairwell in a townhouse building under construction. The board previously covering the stairwell opening had been removed because it interfered with chalk lines being snapped for framing layout.
Injury Type : Back and shoulder bruising and pain
Core Activity : Mill site expansion
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010157440271
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

While tightening drive belts on a newly installed sawmill debarker, a worker stepped onto a girder on the side of the unfinished building to gain more leverage. The girder released from the structure, and the worker fell 12 feet, to a conveyor trough below. The worker was not using fall protection at the time of the incident.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injuries to shoulder, arm, leg
Core Activity : Traffic control
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010112850292
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

A traffic control person (TCP) was struck by a vehicle that failed to yield to the direction of the traffic control person while travelling through the traffic control zone.
Injury Type : Penetration wound of leg
Core Activity : Steep slope roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010154890213
Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

A worker was using a pneumatic roofing nailer when a nail struck the worker's leg.
Injury Type : Lacerated head
Core Activity : Installing steel reinforcement beam
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010165410264
Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

A 2000-pound capacity come-a-long was rigged to hold a beam (6-inch square tubing, 12.5 feet long, weighing about 250 pounds) in place prior to a weld. The come-along released, causing the beam to swing. A young worker sustained an injury to his head when struck by the beam. Another worker reported that his hard hat was struck, but he was not injured.
Injury Type : Deep laceration of hand
Core Activity : Siding installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010114550182
Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

It was reported that an altercation occurred between two to four workers. During the altercation, a young worker's hand was injured by the blade of a running chop saw.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Lifting discharge pipe for drill rig
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010126770155
Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

A well drilling rig was to be moved to a new location. Workers were lifting a discharge hose weighing about 400 pounds. The discharge hose was suspended by a cable-style whip-check device. The cable on this device failed where it is clamped together and the discharge hose fell to the ground, narrowly missing two workers.
Injury Type : Possible exposure to asbestos (3 workers)
Core Activity : Renovating
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010165930156
Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

Workers who were not wearing respirators or other protective equipment were removing building materials (flooring, drywall, roofing) from a wooden structure. The hazardous materials survey conducted after the work was nearly completed found that one of the materials removed contained asbestos.
Injury Type : Crush injuries to lower body
Core Activity : Electrical work
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010160850322
Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

A worker was pinned between a 1-ton truck and a highway tractor unit that unexpectedly and inadvertently moved towards the 1-ton truck.
Injury Type : Broken tooth, facial laceration
Core Activity : Water main installation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010129161204
Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

A compression-type 2-inch-diameter ball valve curb stop was installed at the end of a polyethylene pipe and held under pressure of about 130 psi. A plastic cone was placed on top of the valve for marking. A worker was removing the cone when the valve unexpectedly released from the pipe and struck him in the face.
Injury Type : Broken arm, lacerated hand
Core Activity : Steel frame erection
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010156730454
Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

A worker was working on the edge of a structural steel building with a fall protection system in place. The worker unhooked himself from his fall protection system to walk the main girder. He slipped on the steel, which was wet from earlier rain, and fell 17 feet, 9 inches to grade. He narrowly missed a worker below and landed on stacked steel tube bracing.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Bridge construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010152480259
Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

A worker was removing bolts from an overhanging bracket used to support a work platform. As the worker was loosening the last bolt on the bracket, the bracket swung away from the bridge and the worker fell 15 to 18 feet before his personal fall protection gear arrested his fall.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Building site preparation
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010154970434
Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

An excavator was levelling a pile of rock on a backfilled building lot. In the pile of rock, the operator encountered buried used explosive packaging waste. As the operator pulled the bucket towards him, an explosion occurred. Preliminary investigation indicates the blast was caused by a detonator.
Injury Type : Lacerated finger
Core Activity : House renovation
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010154960441
Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

A young worker was cutting wooden stakes to be used to secure footing formwork. The stakes were being cut with a handheld circular saw when the saw blade contacted the worker's hand.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injuries to knees, hip
Core Activity : Traffic control and site safety after MVI
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010165870320
Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

At the site of a motor vehicle incident, a worker went over to the tow truck to speak to the driver. Meanwhile, a worker from another employer cut the last guy wire securing a severed utility pole. The pole and cables pinned the first worker against the door of the tow truck.
Injury Type : Multiple broken bones
Core Activity : Electrical installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010117080266
Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

A worker fell about 13 feet to grade through an elevated drywall ceiling.
Injury Type : Broken hip, shoulder, arms
Core Activity : Movie set disassembly
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010110210166
Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

A worker fell about 20 feet through an opening in the floor while disassembling the perimeter catwalk of a movie set.
Injury Type : Broken ribs, punctured lung
Core Activity : Commercial construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010155980252
Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

A worker was going to do work from a temporary work platform. When the worker began walking on the platform, it collapsed, causing the worker to fall about 13 feet, 8 inches. It was later found that the frame bracket at the end of the walkway was not installed correctly.
Injury Type : Broken leg
Core Activity : Stucco work
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010114550173
Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

A worker fell about 7 feet from a scaffold system.
Injury Type : Puncture wounds to foot
Core Activity : Wood frame construction
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010136960322
Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

A worker tripped while holding a nailgun and shot two nails into his foot.
Injury Type : Bruising to back, shoulder, arm, leg
Core Activity : Framing new residential house
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010113830219
Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

Trusses were being installed when a gust of wind caused a truss to fall. The truss struck a worker who was working from a work platform 10 inches wide. The worker fell about 8 feet to the ground.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injuries to neck, shoulder, arm
Core Activity : Residential framing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010161480382
Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

A worker was setting up a fall protection system when he slipped on a wet top plate section of an exterior wall and fell to the ground (about 14 feet).
Injury Type : Fractured pelvis, sprains
Core Activity : Roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010156580326
Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

A worker was on a roof, in the process of setting up and attaching the lifeline to the harness of a fall-arrest system. The worker slipped on the roofing paper, which was wet from the morning dew, and fell about 17 feet to the ground.
Injury Type : Fractured pelvis and arm
Core Activity : House construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010156240225
Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

A worker was installing metal soffit from an elevated work platform that was supported by a ladder jack on one end and a wooden 2x6 bearer on the other end. The nails holding the horizontal wooden bearer were not hammered into solid wood and pulled out when weight was applied to the platform. The worker, who was not using a fall protection system, fell about 13 feet to the ground.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Roadside excavating and repair of sewer system
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010165540157
Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

As a trench cage was being lowered into an excavation, it contacted a gas line coupler, causing the gas line to rupture.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavating
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010161740382
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

While excavating at a construction site, an excavator operator uncovered a stick of unfired explosive. The finding was reported to the site supervisor, who eventually removed the stick of explosive. The site supervisor was not a certified blaster. A certified blaster should have been called to examine the site and determine if there were any other signs of explosives on the work site, as well as to properly dispose of the found explosives.
Injury Type : Injury to lower back, scrapes, cuts
Core Activity : Commercial construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010163270228
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A worker fell about 12 feet from scaffolding under construction to ground level. The unsecured handrail folded/collapsed as the worker pulled it while accessing the work platform from the scaffold ladder.
Injury Type : Extensive bruising and lacerations
Core Activity : Traffic control services
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010111770139
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A traffic control person (TCP) was working at an intersection late at night. The TCP was struck by the left side-view mirror of a car driven by a drunk driver. The worker sustained extensive bruising and lacerations. A second TCP narrowly escaped being hit by the drunk driver's car. The driver remained at the scene and was taken into police custody.
Injury Type : Broken legs, multiple scrapes
Core Activity : Installing patio doors
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010154970380
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

Workers were moving patio doors on a sundeck when one door started to fall over. A young worker tried to prevent the door from falling and was knocked through the guardrails. The worker fell 10 feet to grade, and the door landed on top of him.
Injury Type : Fractured shoulder, possible internal and head injuries
Core Activity : Preparing building for paint
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010166710190
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A painter fell 9.5 feet to grade while powerwashing a roof.
Injury Type : Cracked rib
Core Activity : Painting preparations
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010158880303
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A worker on a ladder was preparing the underside of an overhead walkway for painting. The ladder was set up in front of a vehicle-activated motorized gate. When a vehicle caused the gate to activate, the gate pulled the ladder over and the worker fell 12 feet to the asphalt.
Injury Type : Fractured leg, lacerated head, bruising and contusions
Core Activity : Replacing flat roof surface of commercial building
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010161950199
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A worker was installing a base sheet as part of a roofing membrane being applied to the edge of the flat roof on a single-storey commercial building. The worker was walking backwards towards the edge of the roof when he tripped on a 16-inch-high parapet and fell 17.5 feet to an asphalt-covered surface at grade.
Injury Type : Fractured facial bones, fractured ankle
Core Activity : School construction
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010138190228
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A worker fell 13 feet from the flat roof of a building under construction. The worker slipped on loose plywood while he was installing a guardrail.
Injury Type : Potential exposure to asbestos (undetermined number of workers)
Core Activity : Removal of vinyl tile flooring
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010166880150
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

Over several days, a number of workers may have been exposed to airborne asbestos fibres released from vinyl tile flooring that was removed by mechanical means.
Injury Type : Fractured pelvis, multiple fractures of arm/hand
Core Activity : Hydro project construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010166950261
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A worker climbed up an unsecured 8-metre gang form panel to attach it to the crane (for removal). A 7-metre panel was attached to the 8-metre panel with an expansion anchor. Concrete had not been placed in the form. As the carpenter neared the top of the form, it tipped and fell over toward a concrete wall on the opposite side of the structure. The worker was pinned between the panels and the wall.
Injury Type : Minor injuries (2 workers)
Core Activity : Traffic control
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010165810255
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A motor vehicle collided with a flat-deck truck on a highway. The truck was used as a traffic control buffer vehicle and was moving slowly in the fast lane inside the construction zone. Two workers in the truck sustained minor injuries from the impact.
Injury Type : Bruising to face, arm, leg
Core Activity : Painting
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010156730374
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A young worker was painting the doorway to an upstairs room when he fell 12 feet from an unguarded raised floor.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavating
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010128230328
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A backhoe excavating adjacent to an electrical kiosk contacted and broke an underground electrical conductor.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Relocation of existing gas line
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010128230326
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A 3/4-inch gas line was broken as it was being re-routed.
Injury Type : Fractured foot, sprained ankle
Core Activity : Road and lease construction
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010124490120
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A scraper (large earth-moving mobile equipment) drove over a large rock. When the operator exited the scraper to investigate possible damage to the machine, he slipped on the access ladder and fell to the ground.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavating
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010122700263
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A backhoe with a tamping/compacting attachment on the digger arm was travelling, carrying a metal excavation shoring cage. The backhoe flipped over onto the driver's side.
Injury Type : Broken ribs and wrist, laceration
Core Activity : Waterproofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010117080223
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A worker fell 18 feet into a parkade exhaust well ventilation shaft.
Injury Type : Fatal (1 worker); fractured foot (1 worker); undetermined injuries (1 worker)
Core Activity : Residential construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010166720146
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

As a metal I beam was being delivered to a residential construction site, the stinger crane detached from the chassis of the carrier. The crane's jib landed on the main floor of the building.
Injury Type : Lacerated head, abrasions
Core Activity : Maintenance yard
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010161480356
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A worker was lifting a rubber tote bin containing about 50 pounds of broken glass, to dump it into a waste bin. To reach the waste bin, the worker stood on top of a toolbox in the back of a pickup truck. As he lifted the tote bin over his shoulders, he slipped and lost his footing. The tote bin fell backwards, striking the worker and knocking him to the ground.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injuries to shoulder, neck
Core Activity : Steep slope roofing
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010161290506
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A worker hooked into what he thought was one of several lifelines installed on a roof (slope of 10:12). In fact he had attached to a terminal, unanchored end of a lifeline that had been thrown to the other side of the roof. The end knot of the line had lodged against a roof vent. When the worker later placed more tension on the line, the knot came free and he fell 8 feet, landing on the waste pile of shingles below (somewhat breaking his fall). The fall restraint rope grab did not deploy as it was now installed upside down.
Injury Type : Fractured skull, hip, finger
Core Activity : Storage of tools and equipment
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010157570143
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A worker fell from an undetermined height and landed on a concrete floor.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Road construction
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010163800107
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

An excavator was removing materials from a road bed when it punctured a 4-inch gas line. Gas was released but no workers were injured.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Street light installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010122700257
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A backhoe ruptured an unmarked 1-inch gas line.
Injury Type : Fractured ribs and arm, shoulder injury
Core Activity : Site servicing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010034450266
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A worker was placing boundary stakes for residential lots. The terraced lots increased in elevation by 10 feet for each pad. Taking measurements while standing on a 1.5:1 riprap (rock) slope, the worker lost his footing and fell backwards onto the blasted, 12-inch riprap. During the 8-foot fall, the worker tried to prevent damage to his electronic devices.
Injury Type : Fractures, internal injuries
Core Activity : Plumbing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010122700253
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A worker was injured when the structural support for a steel 200-gallon water storage tank failed. Workers had undermined the support foundation.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Site surface preparation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010122700247
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A backhoe dug up an underground 12-kV conductor, pulling it off the overhead connection.
Injury Type : Fractured arms
Core Activity : Steep slope roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010165420253
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A worker was removing old roof shingles when he fell about 10 feet and landed on a concrete sidewalk.
Injury Type : Fractured elbow
Core Activity : Steep slope roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010155070192
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A roofer fell about 18 feet from a roof edge to grade.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavating and site surface preparation
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010140710429
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

An excavator was removing surface material from atop a buried 2-inch gas line when its bucket snagged the line and pulled it from the gas meter, causing a release of natural gas. The site was evacuated and the gas was shut off within 10 minutes.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Land clearing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010166970096
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A mechanical feller buncher was clearing land for a residential development. As it was falling a tree, a section of the tree broke off and contacted an overhead energized high-voltage power line. This caused a power outage in the immediate area but no one was injured.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Power line decommissioning
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010163050193
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A bucket truck was turning onto a right-of-way road off of a main forest service road. The truck's rear wheels slid into a ditch concealed by undergrowth, causing the bucket truck to roll over onto its side.
Injury Type : Head and spinal injuries
Core Activity : Painting
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010118870558
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A worker was painting at an elevation of about 12 feet. The worker was found unconscious at the base of a ladder.
Injury Type : Head injury, fractured wrist
Core Activity : Framing
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010112840114
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A young worker was cutting plywood on a work bench on the second floor of a new house under construction. He carried the 2 feet by 4 feet sheets of plywood first across a walkway that did not have guardrails and then downstairs to another worker for installation. While returning to the work bench area, the young worker fell 3 metres and landed at the front entrance.
Injury Type : Puncture wounds (non-worker)
Core Activity : Commercial construction
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010117640450
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A volunteer was moving a rubber-tired crane down a ramp (grade of 25 percent) into an underground parking area under construction. An excavator was assisting to move the crane. The excavator was placed at a severe angle to the ramp due to a pile of building materials in the area. When a snubbing strap became tight, the crane's rear wheels were pulled to the left off the ramp. The crane rolled onto the cab side, trapping the operator inside and impaling him on reinforcing steel dowels. The operator was extracted from the cab by emergency personnel.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavating a trench for electrical install
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010165870290
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A backhoe was excavating a trench for an electrical installation when its bucket severed a half-inch gas line.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Installing traffic light
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010163710158
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

While excavating a trench to install conduit for a new traffic control sign, three electrical conduits were uncovered. Workers continued the digging by hand and uncovered one conduit that was damaged and the cable exposed.
Injury Type : Concussion, laceration
Core Activity : Exterior painting
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010155730116
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A worker was painting siding around a lower 5:12 sloped roof section. The worker was not using any fall protection. He tripped backward and fell about 12 feet to the uneven rocky ground below.
Injury Type : Undetermined crush injuries
Core Activity : Excavation work
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010153370197
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A worker was injured when the bank of a 7-foot-deep unsloped, unshored excavation collapsed. The worker was pinned between the bank of the excavation and the bucket of an excavator. Co-workers used shovels to manually free the injured worker.
Injury Type : Abrasions, bruises, laceration
Core Activity : Exterior masonry
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010110110480
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A worker under a 5-foot-high section of steel scaffolding reached for materials. As he stood up, he bumped the scaffold brace, and the section of scaffolding and the materials on it collapsed onto him.
Injury Type : Punctured lung, back
Core Activity : Gutter installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010165420244
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A worker was installing gutters using a cordless drill fitted with a 6-inch long bit. The worker was repositioning an extension ladder from the ground when a drill situated at the top of the ladder fell, striking the worker.
Injury Type : Shoulder injury, lacerations, contusions
Core Activity : Installation of metal piling
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010163790111
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

During the installation of metal piling for bridge construction, a worker was cutting off excess vertical piling (125 inches by 16 inches by 3/8 inch metal pipe, weighing about 700 pounds). An excavator was holding this pipe while it was being cut off, using the teeth on the outside of the pipe and the thumb on the inside. The pipe twisted and sprang back, striking the worker and throwing him into a rock pile.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Paving services
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010114050221
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

At a work site, a line locate had been conducted and the line location had been determined and marked on the pavement. During a re-paving project, some of this marked pavement was removed. An excavator subsequently ruptured a 2-inch gas line in the area where the marked pavement had been removed.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Mobile crane operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010113820246
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A privately owned aircraft on floats crashed into water on takeoff. As a boom truck was recovering the aircraft, the rigging failed.
Injury Type : Fractured ankle
Core Activity : Exterior painting
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010162000267
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A ladder had been set up on a porch roof for exterior painting. A young worker was on the porch roof holding the ladder for the worker doing the painting. When the ladder slid from its position, the young worker fell just over 14 feet to a concrete sidewalk. The worker on the ladder fell a short distance onto the porch roof but was not injured.
Injury Type : Injured knee, laceration, bruises
Core Activity : Erecting scaffolding
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010120030242
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

While erecting access frame scaffolding, a worker fell about 30 feet to an area covered with soil and concrete.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Concrete formwork
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010160580198
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A tower crane was offloading sections of a man-lift mast from a delivery truck at a designated worksite load/offload area. The area was in the curb lane of a street with overhead, rubber-guarded, and flagged trolley bus electrical lines (600 volts DC). The tower crane offloaded one mast section from the delivery truck deck and placed it on the ground. The crane operator then tried to trolley and slew the tower crane load block back to the delivery truck to lift a second mast section. During this movement, the 3/8-inch by 20-foot lifting chains attached to the tower crane load block contacted the rear (back) area of a transit bus travelling in the second (middle lane). The crane operator quickly attempted to slew and trolley the tower crane, causing the lifting chains to contact the rubber-guarded trolley bus electrical lines located over the curb. No one was injured and no electrical arc occurred.
Injury Type : Injured arm
Core Activity : Site excavation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010158880268
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

Excavation was taking place in an area where tensioned soil anchors were known to be. An unexposed anchor released from its holding ground and struck a worker.
Injury Type : Dislocated shoulder
Core Activity : Steep slope roofing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010155980196
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A worker was on a 9:12 pitched roof installing plywood sheathing when he stepped on his lifeline and lost his balance. The worker fell about 4 feet below the eave before his fall was arrested by the lifeline.
Injury Type : Sore back (2 workers)
Core Activity : House painting
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010163640151
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

Two workers had erected metal tubular scaffolding to a height of 10 feet and set up a 22-foot extension ladder on the top of the scaffolding. One worker stood on top of the scaffold, holding the base of the ladder, while the other worker climbed the ladder. The scaffolding became unstable and abruptly leaned to about a 45-degree angle before coming to rest on a small tree. Both workers fell to the ground.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Tower crane operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010154890145
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

The operator of a tower crane was raising the chains when a hook got caught on a pedestrian walkway container, overturning it.
Injury Type : Undetermined injuries
Core Activity : Residential framing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010152480191
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A worker had one foot on a truss assembly and one foot on the top plate of a second-storey wall. The truss assembly collapsed and the worker and truss assembly fell about 17 feet.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavator operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010152480190
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

An excavator equipped with a clean-up bucket dug up a 14.4-kV underground conductor.
Injury Type : Mild concussion, lacerations, soft-tissue injuries
Core Activity : Painting
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010154970304
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A young worker was on a ladder, painting fascia. The unsecured ladder slipped out on the loose gravel. The worker fell about 10 feet to hard, compacted soil.
Injury Type : Electrical burns
Core Activity : Steep slope roofing
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010116090072
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A worker was removing old flashing from the mast of an active electrical service to a house when he sustained electrical burns.
Injury Type : Head laceration
Core Activity : Replacement of wood deck and stairs
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010110110471
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

As a worker stepped onto a flight of 5 wooden stairs extending between a deck and a stair landing, the stairs collapsed. The worker fell to the ground.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Asphalt cutting
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010163710151
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A concrete cutting machine was cutting asphalt when the 36-inch diamond saw blade separated from the machine and landed in a nearby excavation.
Injury Type : Broken ribs, fractured vertebra
Core Activity : Stripping forms
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010157270228
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

As a worker was dismantling a work platform, the platform slipped off the horizontal support member. The worker and platform fell about 8 feet to grade.
Injury Type : Concussion, head laceration, fractured rib
Core Activity : Concrete reinforcing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010165410216
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A worker was injured when the 10-foot ladder he was descending slipped out.
Injury Type : Serious electrical burns
Core Activity : Construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010157380266
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A neutral line had to be raised to accommodate a hopper which was to be placed underneath it to pour cement. Instead of waiting for the utility company to raise the line, a young worker climbed onto the jib of crane, tied a rope onto a high-voltage (19.9-kV) power line, and attempted to lift the neutral line higher by cinching the two lines. As he did so, the power arced. The worker was electrocuted, then fell about 30 feet from the crane jib to the ground and a further 6 feet over an embankment.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injuries
Core Activity : Masonry
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010155070167
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A masonry worker fell 6.5 feet from a scaffold, landing on the deck below.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Traffic control
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010108440134
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A traffic control person was struck and killed by a vehicle while directing traffic.
Injury Type : Bruising
Core Activity : Installing drywall against exterior wall
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010161950166
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A worker was standing on a portable scaffold work platform, installing drywall. The worker fell about 6 feet to the concrete slab at grade when a wheel at the base of the platform entered an opening in the slab's surface.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Road construction or repair
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010137160033
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

An excavator was moving overburden when its bucket ruptured a 1/2-inch natural gas service line.
Injury Type : Lacerated fingers
Core Activity : House construction
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010120030220
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A worker was ripping an 18-inch 2x4 on a 10-foot table saw without any guards in place. The worker was cutting a strip about 1.5 inches wide and using a push stick. The worker reached around the blade to retrieve the piece of 2x4 and his fingers contacted the blade.
Injury Type : Broken ribs, punctured lung
Core Activity : Digging holes for utility poles
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010113210093
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A young worker was transporting three sheets of plywood (30 inches by 48 inches) on the back rack of an all-terrain vehicle. As the ATV was travelling up a steep slope, it rolled over.
Injury Type : Fractured ankle
Core Activity : Residential roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010110110465
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A worker was descending a roof after disconnecting his harness from the safety line so he could access a ladder placed against the edge of the roof. He slipped on some loose debris on the roof and fell about 13 feet to the ground below.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Brush clearing
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010158820154
Date of Accident : 2010-Jul

A tree fell onto the 144-kV overhead power line during right-of-way brush clearing. The power line was de-energized before the certified faller felled the tree. When the tree fell onto the de-energized power line, the whip of the lines caused the mainline to blow a fuse. There were no injuries.


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