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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

2008 July - December


Injury Type : Contusions and muscle strains
Core Activity : Excavation to repair drain pipe
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009108440207
Date of Incident : 2008-Nov

To access a basement drain pipe, workers hand dug an 8-foot-deep excavation (30 inches wide) under a sundeck. A large boulder (3 feet by 3 feet) was embedded in one side wall of the excavation. One worker was in the trench when that wall collapsed at chest height.
Injury Type : Facial injuries, dislocated ankle, back pain
Core Activity : Steep slope roofing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009112850016
Date of Incident : 2008-Dec

A worker was on a roof installing anchors for a fall protection system. He slipped and fell from the roof to the ground (about 20 feet), striking a hot tub on the way down.
Injury Type : Back pain
Core Activity : Excavation work
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2009113920009
Date of Incident : 2008-Nov

A worker was struck in the back by a slab of dirt that broke away from the wall of an excavation. As the worker was clearing away that dirt, another slab of dirt broke away and struck him.
Injury Type : Back injury
Core Activity : House construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009155070015
Date of Incident : 2008-Dec

A young worker fell from a job-built wooden scaffold to grade (about 15 feet).
Injury Type : Crushed finger
Core Activity : Metal roof fabrication and installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2009157560010
Date of Incident : 2008-Dec

A 1,000-foot roll of sheet metal was being installed on a stand, in preparation for use in an extruding machine. The roll was suspended from a hydraulic hoist. One end of the arbour that ran through the centre of the roll was placed in the stand. A worker was pushing on the roll to align the opposite end of the arbour with the stand when the roll suddenly slipped into place. One of the worker's fingers was crushed between the arbour and the stand.
Injury Type : Possible exposure to asbestos fibres
Core Activity : Motel renovations
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008157580390
Date of Incident : 2008-Dec

Drywall that contained asbestos joint compound was removed from several motel rooms with no precautions to prevent the release of asbestos fibres. The workers who removed the drywall were not protected, nor were different workers who later entered those rooms to complete other work. All may have been exposed to asbestos fibres.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Snow removal
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008155980377
Date of Incident : 2008-Dec

A road grader was plowing snow from a road when its blade hooked a telecommunications line. One power pole was pulled to the ground, two others were broken, and energized power lines landed within 3 metres of the grader.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008034450411
Date of Incident : 2008-Dec

When the boom support brake on a conventional crawler crane failed to hold, the boom contacted a building, and the 4,500-pound load slowly fell to grade. Inspection of the brake systems indicated that they may have been frozen, due to unusually cold temperatures.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Building materials delivery
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008161980469
Date of Incident : 2008-Dec

A 24-ton stiff boom crane truck was set up at a multi-unit residential complex under construction. All outriggers had been deployed, including the front jack. The right front outrigger had been set on a snowbank with the float at a 45-degree angle and about 1 foot off grade. The crane was hoisting a bundle of trusses to the second storey. As the load swung over the right side, the right front outrigger slid off the snowbank and the front of the crane truck slid on the ice. The right front side of the truck dropped about 1 foot. The operator quickly lowered the load, damaging a wood-framed wall in the process.
Injury Type : Electrical injuries to hand
Core Activity : Electrical work
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008163710176
Date of Incident : 2008-Dec

A worker contacted an energized, unguarded 347-volt electrical wire. The electrical equipment had not been completely disconnected and locked out before work began.
Injury Type : Electrical burns
Core Activity : Electrical work
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008117080330
Date of Incident : 2008-Dec

A worker contacted an energized high-voltage conductor in the main electrical room.
Injury Type : Facial injuries
Core Activity : Exterior brick veneer application
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161770591
Date of Incident : 2008-Dec

A worker was dismantling a work platform that was set up on top of an 8-foot-high scaffold. The worker fell to the ground (16 feet).
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Highrise window installation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008116120295
Date of Incident : 2008-Dec

During construction of a highrise building, a worker was using a concrete hammer drill to install angle track 2 inches from the edge of the 8th floor. He was standing bent over the drill when the drill bit broke and he fell over the edge. The worker fell about 2 floors before his lifeline became taut and the energy absorber deployed. The worker's fall was arrested 18 inches below the 5th floor, from which he was promptly rescued and found to be uninjured.
Injury Type : Concussion, multiple broken bones and lacerations (1 worker); broken arm, bruising (1 worker)
Core Activity : Bricklaying
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008155980363
Date of Incident : 2008-Dec

Three workers were unloading bricks from a pallet that had been lifted to scaffolding on the third floor of the building. The workers were stacking the bricks on the scaffold walk boards when the scaffold collapsed. One worker fell 31 feet (the ground), and another fell 10 feet (to the third floor). The third worker grabbed rebar on the wall and climbed down to the third floor.
Injury Type : Amputation of fingertip
Core Activity : Waterproofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008163640103
Date of Incident : 2008-Dec

A worker's finger contacted the blade of the cordless circular saw he was operating.
Injury Type : Facial injuries (1 worker); chest injury (1 worker); temporary loss of consciousness (1 worker)
Core Activity : Industrial/commercial construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161480267
Date of Incident : 2008-Dec

Workers were building a 2x4 framed section of hoarding, which was covered with a tarp. A strong gust of wind picked up the tarped section, which struck one worker in the face. Then the wind picked up a sheet of half-inch plywood, which struck the back of a second worker's head. A third worker jumped out of the way of the plywood and was injured by landing on an interior parapet wall.
Injury Type : Multiple broken bones
Core Activity : Guiding trucks at construction site
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008158880538
Date of Incident : 2008-Dec

A traffic control person stopped a vehicle, then turned to make a visual check of another traffic control person. The stopped vehicle moved forward and struck the first traffic control person.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Bridge construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157560328
Date of Incident : 2008-Dec

During the placement of concrete, a 30-foot section of overhanging bridge deck formwork collapsed.
Injury Type : Fractured arm, abrasions, bruising
Core Activity : Wood frame construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008122700238
Date of Incident : 2008-Dec

A worker was throwing debris off a 4th-floor balcony when he lost his balance and fell into the garbage bin below. No guardrails were in place.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Road construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008034450401
Date of Incident : 2008-Dec

An articulating rock truck was backing up a ramp to deliver a load. It drove off the edge and rolled onto its side. The drop to grade was less than 5 feet, and the operator was not injured.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Road work
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008034450395
Date of Incident : 2008-Dec

As a rock drill was being moved from one end of a highway project to the opposite end, its boom snagged a 25-kV overhead power line. The line was dragged 42 feet before it broke and fell to the ground. The worker in the cab of the rock drill stayed there until the power company attended the scene and made it safe for him to exit.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavation work
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161480263
Date of Incident : 2008-Dec

As an excavator was digging to extend a storm sewer line, its bucket hit a buried 25-kV conductor.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Removal of sidewalk
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008158880524
Date of Incident : 2008-Dec

A backhoe was removing a municipal sidewalk that crossed a residential driveway when the bucket's teeth caught a gas line. The line separated from a coupling and gas leaked out.
Injury Type : Puncture wound to hand
Core Activity : Steep-slope roofing
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008154970553
Date of Incident : 2008-Dec

A young worker was using a pneumatic nailer to apply asphalt shingles when a 1.25-inch nail was discharged into his hand.
See a bulletin about preventing injuries from nail guns:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Posters.asp?ReportID=34835
Injury Type : Injuries to head and chest
Core Activity : New house construction
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008154960307
Date of Incident : 2008-Dec

A 29-foot-long structural beam was being installed 8 feet, 3 inches above the floor. The beam fell towards a worker standing on a job-built ladder, and the worker landed on the floor beneath the beam.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Road construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008114550270
Date of Incident : 2008-Nov

A rubber-tired excavator contacted an overhead telecommunications line, separating it from the utility pole.
Injury Type : Broken ribs, internal injuries, strains
Core Activity : Residential construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008160530352
Date of Incident : 2008-Nov

A construction worker climbed onto a lift of plywood that a crane was hoisting to a second-level window opening. The worker broke the metal band securing the load, the load shifted, and the worker fell to the ground (about 15 feet).
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Water line installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157270402
Date of Incident : 2008-Nov

An excavator was digging a trench for a water line when it struck a 14.4-kV conductor about 3 feet below the surface. The location of underground utilities had not been accurately determined before digging began.
Injury Type : Head injuries, multiple fractures
Core Activity : Residential construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008152480288
Date of Incident : 2008-Nov

A worker was on an extension ladder installing soffits when he fell to the ground (about 15 feet).
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Electrical renovations
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008156240309
Date of Incident : 2008-Nov

As a worker was removing feeder wires from a control panel, two energized 600-volt conductors made contact. An arc flash occurred and the circuit breakers tripped, but the worker was not injured. The worker had not confirmed lockout with a test meter before starting work on the circuit.
Injury Type : Broken pelvis, cracked vertebra, sprain, laceration
Core Activity : Skylight installation
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008110750596
Date of Incident : 2008-Nov

A worker was installing skylights on a frosty roof with a pitch of 6/12. He was 15 feet from the edge of the roof when he lost his footing, slid down the roof, and fell 20 feet to grade. The landing area contained a concrete ledge, a pile of lumber, and scaffolding. The worker missed all those materials and landed on hard-packed dirt. No fall protection system was in place.
See a hazard alert about a similar incident in which a worker fell off a frosty roof:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/publications/posters.asp?reportID=35034
Injury Type : Leg abrasions
Core Activity : Structural formwork
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008163640095
Date of Incident : 2008-Nov

Two workers were trying to free a flytable that had become stuck on reinforcing steel at the edge of a building. The table sprang free unexpectedly, striking one worker on the leg and dragging the other worker off the 28th floor. His fall was arrested by his personal fall protection system.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Rebar installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161950340
Date of Incident : 2008-Nov

Two workers were installing rebar (15 mm by 1 metre) into a suspended slab on the 5th floor. The rebar extended beyond a perimeter guardrail and broke an energized 12-kV overhead power line. The line fell to the ground, causing a power outage.
Injury Type : Serious injuries to 3 fingers
Core Activity : Bridge construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157560315
Date of Incident : 2008-Nov

A worker's gloved hand was snagged by a winch cable and pulled into a sheave pulley.
Injury Type : Serious injury to finger
Core Activity : Bricklaying
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157270383
Date of Incident : 2008-Nov

A young worker was steadying a wheelbarrow as a skid-steer front-end loader placed gravel in it. The wheelbarrow collapsed to the ground, crushing the worker's hand.
Injury Type : Abrasions, lacerations, fractures
Core Activity : Traffic control
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008158180215
Date of Incident : 2008-Nov

A traffic control person was struck by a transport vehicle and dragged about 75 metres.
Injury Type : Multiple fractures
Core Activity : Drywalling
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008154960296
Date of Incident : 2008-Nov

A worker was on a ladder, placing drywall compound in a skylight opening. The ladder was set on a paper barrier to protect the floor. The ladder slipped on the paper, and the worker fell 9 feet.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Residential construction
Location : Northwest BC
ID Number : 2008136970237
Date of Incident : 2008-Nov

A worker was standing on a job-built wooden scaffold, preparing to sheathe the roof of a house under construction. A lift of plywood was suspended from the hook of a mobile crane adjacent to the scaffold. The worker cut one of two metal bands restraining the plywood. When the band released, the load became unstable. The worker fell to the ground (about 9.5 feet) and the plywood landed on top of him.
Injury Type : Head and back injuries
Core Activity : Paint booth disassembly
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008120030291
Date of Incident : 2008-Nov

An automotive paint booth was being dismantled. A worker standing on the booth's unsecured roof panel fell just over 9 feet to the concrete floor below.
Injury Type : Serious foot injuries
Core Activity : Low-slope roofing
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008110750578
Date of Incident : 2008-Nov

A young worker was installing an anchor 16 feet from the edge of a roof with a pitch of 4/12. There was frost on the 2x6 tongue-and-groove decking. The worker lost his footing and slid down the roof on his belly, then fell to the pavement 16 feet below. The worker was wearing a harness but was not tied off.
Injury Type : Penetrating wound to leg
Core Activity : Residential framing
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008161290363
Date of Incident : 2008-Nov

During framing, a worker slipped on blast rock around a new concrete foundation. As the worker fell backwards, his boot struck the foundation and the nail gun he was holding fired a 2.25-inch nail into his leg. The nail gun was set on the safest setting, sequential trip.
See a bulletin about preventing injuries from nail guns:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Posters.asp?ReportID=34835
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157270368
Date of Incident : 2008-Nov

After two workers had a verbal disagreement, one left the site. When the worker returned, a second confrontation occurred. One of the workers produced a handgun and fired near the other worker's feet and into the air. The worker then left the site and was arrested shortly after.
Injury Type : Undetermined injuries
Core Activity : Exterior finishing
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008154970515
Date of Incident : 2008-Nov

A young worker on a third-storey scaffold lost his balance. He fell 5 feet through a window opening into the building, striking his head on the concrete floor. The scaffold was not adequately guarded, and no other fall protection system was being used.
Injury Type : Fatal (7 workers); undetermined injuries (1 worker)
Core Activity : Industrial construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008113820295
Date of Incident : 2008-Nov

An aircraft carrying seven workers and the pilot crashed.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Highrise exterior restoration
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008122700212
Date of Incident : 2008-Nov

A balcony door was being unloaded from a material hoist. It fell 17 floors to grade.
Injury Type : Multiple fractures
Core Activity : Stucco work
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008122700211
Date of Incident : 2008-Nov

A worker slipped and fell about 24 feet (to grade) from a scaffold work platform.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Tower crane operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008117080304
Date of Incident : 2008-Nov

A tower crane was lifting a load when the chain separated from the hook. The load dropped about 2 feet (onto the street). Part of the hook that is attached to the chain sling had broken.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Concrete building construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008034450368
Date of Incident : 2008-Nov

A tower crane was extracting a fence post embedded in concrete when it was shock-loaded. The tip of the boom was reported to have deflected excessively during the process.
Injury Type : Exposure to a hazardous substance or atmosphere
Core Activity : Restoration work
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008125290362
Date of Incident : 2008-Nov

A broken water main caused mud, sand, and water to breach and lift part of the concrete foundation of a 2-storey residential complex. During restoration activities, a worker went into the crawl space to scoop mud into garbage bags so it could be removed. As the worker exited the crawl space into the home above and then headed outside, he experienced headache, dizziness, disorientation, and difficulty breathing. No hazard assessment had been conducted for the confined space.
Injury Type : Fractures, lacerations
Core Activity : Steep-slope roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161480229
Date of Incident : 2008-Nov

A young worker was rolling out and stapling tar paper on a wet roof with a slope of 11:12. He fell to the ground (27 feet). No fall protection system was in place.
Injury Type : Neck injury, bruising, laceration
Core Activity : House renovation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008155270319
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker fell about 12 feet when the extension ladder he was climbing slipped away from its base.
Injury Type : Multiple fractures
Core Activity : Pile driving
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008093720251
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker was cutting off a platform on a drilling rig. When the platform came off, the worker was tossed to the ground (about 15 feet below). No fall protection system was in place.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injuries
Core Activity : Framing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008156240267
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A young worker was on the fourth step of a 6-foot aluminum stepladder when the ladder's frame collapsed. The worker fell to the concrete floor. The ladder, designed for light commercial use only, was not suitable for the workplace.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Electrical work
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008117080296
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

Two workers were energizing a switching gear in the main electrical room. A huge arc flash occurred and the electrical room filled with smoke.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Asphalt breaking
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008114550245
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

An excavator was working under an energized 12-kV system when two power lines landed on it.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Utilities installation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008109150466
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

An excavator was attempting to locate a natural gas distribution line. It contacted and ruptured the line at a service tee.
Injury Type : Internal injuries, multiple fractures
Core Activity : Interior painting
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008163050085
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker fell about 30 feet from a ladder set up on a decked-off rolling scaffold two stages high. The wheels of the scaffold had not been locked, and the worker was not wearing personal fall protection.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Tower crane operation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008107970399
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A tower crane was lifting a load of heating duct materials from ground level to the 13th floor. The load caught a corner of the 12th floor fly form. The fly form broke loose and fell to ground level.
Injury Type : Sprains, scrapes, bruises
Core Activity : Steep-slope roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161760608
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker fell about 17 feet from the steep slope roof of a 3-storey house. The worker's fall protection equipment arrested his fall after he had broken through a wooden scaffold at the second level.
Injury Type : Shattered bones
Core Activity : Boarding and taping
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008158880476
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker was on a scaffold applying drywall compound to a ceiling. The worker fell from the scaffold to the ground (5 feet).
Injury Type : Undetermined injuries
Core Activity : Traffic control
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008122700200
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A traffic control person was injured when a driver ran a red light and hit a towable light tower, which struck the worker.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavating
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008118870730
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

Mobile equipment installing a surface drain inadvertently struck a 3-inch gas line.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavating
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008114550243
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

An excavator contacted an underground gas line.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Storm line installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008113830239
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

During excavating, an encased concrete conductor was uncovered. The owner of the line told workers that it was not active and could be removed. When removed, it was found to have live 600-volt electrical lines running through it. New lines had been laid over the old terminated lines.
Injury Type : Multiple fractures, internal injuries
Core Activity : Plumbing installation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008101920192
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker fell down 3 flights of stairs because of unsecured stair stringers.
Injury Type : Broken bones, lacerations
Core Activity : Hand digging for power pole installation
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008113820270
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker in an isolated work area slipped and fell partway down a steep rock face about 120 feet high.
Injury Type : Injury to lower leg
Core Activity : Grinding concrete walls
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161950315
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker fell from the second-floor balcony to the concrete slab below (13.5 feet).
Injury Type : Lacerations, soft-tissue injuries
Core Activity : Road paving
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008155980294
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

An 18-ton rubber-mount asphalt roller was rolling new pavement when its braking and steering mechanisms failed. The machine veered off the low side of the road and rolled about 100 feet down an embankment, landing in a creek and injuring the operator (a young worker).
Injury Type : Fatal (1 worker); undetermined injuries (1 worker)
Core Activity : Electrical work
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008131490237
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A pickup truck collided with an oncoming tractor-trailer unit on a highway. The worker driving the pickup truck died.
Injury Type : Injury to foot
Core Activity : Mechanical work
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008117080286
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker fell 5.6 metres into the sump of a sanitary lift station.
Injury Type : Contusion, lacerations, mild concussion
Core Activity : Framing or residential forming
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008110110076
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker was standing on top of a foundation wall (2x6 sill plate) sweeping debris. The worker slipped and landed on the concrete footing and construction debris 4.5 feet below.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Wood frame construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008155400344
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

An electric heat gun ignited caulking and gluing materials on a second-storey deck. As the glue and caulking materials vaporized, the fumes became a large fireball. Three workers extinguished the fire before firefighters arrived.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Re-roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161950311
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

During re-roofing, a large amount of tear-off material (debris) had been piled onto a flat roof on the 4th level of a building. A section (25 feet by 18 feet) of this roof collapsed, and the tear-off material fell onto the 3rd floor. Part of that floor then also collapsed, and the tear-off material landed on the 2nd floor.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Structural concrete forming
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008155980281
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A gust of wind blew the load line of a self-erecting crane against an overhead power line.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Road construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008122700195
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A 200-foot section of pre-load roadway failed.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Tower crane operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008122700190
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

The rigging chains of a self-erecting tower crane contacted overhead power lines.
Injury Type : Bruising
Core Activity : Bulk excavation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008122700189
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A dump truck exiting a bulk excavation turned off the ramp too early. The truck flipped over onto the driver's side. The driver was using his cellphone while turning.
Injury Type : Chest injuries
Core Activity : Roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008156730566
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker was removing a wet tarp from a roof when he fell 12 feet to a lower roof surface. No fall protection system was in place.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Utilities installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008128230332
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

An excavator was digging to install a sanitary sewer line at a multi-family residential site. The excavator contacted and pulled the underground 25-kV conductor, breaking the PVC conduit and damaging the cable inside.
Injury Type : Head lacerations, possible concussion
Core Activity : Concrete formwork
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008158880444
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A young worker was standing on a ladder, nailing a brace to a column form. The worker lost his footing and fell to the concrete slab below (about 12 feet).
Injury Type : Potential for exposure to asbestos
Core Activity : Transit construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008158880443
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

While jackhammering a concrete abutment, workers broke several communication and high-voltage ducts made of asbestos.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Crane operation
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008118870672
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A mobile crane was offloading steel open-web trusses. The crane momentarily lifted off the ground, causing the load to lower abruptly. Crane load charts had not been checked to ensure the load could safely be lifted.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Concrete forming
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008115132347
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker was jackhammering a concrete wall that contained energized high-voltage electrical conductors inside a plastic conduit. The bit of the jackhammer punctured the plastic conduit in several places and contacted the electrical conductors. The electrical system did not short-circuit.
Injury Type : Soreness
Core Activity : Re-roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008163710087
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker fell about 9 feet from a ladder being used to access a roof.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Road construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008114550221
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

An excavator tipped onto its side.
Injury Type : Soreness and tingling in back
Core Activity : Plumbing and heating
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008163640064
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

Two workers were installing a section of sanitary pipe (weighing about 60 pounds) into ceiling anchors. The pipe fell and struck one worker's back.
Injury Type : Knee injuries
Core Activity : Residential wiring
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157270338
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

As a young worker stepped off a 6-foot stepladder onto a wet floor, he slipped and fell.
Injury Type : Fractured ribs
Core Activity : Re-roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008155730269
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker was removing tarpaulins from a 6:12 sloped roof when he lost his footing. He slid off the roof and fell about 12 feet. No personal fall protection system was in place.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Highrise construction
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008154960245
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A 20-foot-deep bulk excavation face sloughed and undermined the support of jobsite offices as well as the sidewalk and roadway above.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008137102626
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A worker was installing tarpaper at the edge of the roof of a 5-storey wooden building. The worker slipped off the wet roof. His fall was not arrested until he was at about the second-floor level because he had too much slack in his lifeline.
Injury Type : Non-injury
Core Activity : Framing or residential forming
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008128230321
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A 4-storey wood-frame condominium burned to the ground. No workers were in the immediate area of the fire, and no one was injured.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Pipeline construction
Location : Northeast BC
ID Number : 2008124490135
Date of Incident : 2008-Oct

A draw works side boom (a tractor-style mobile crane used in pipeline operations) was hoisting a load when the brake bands on the winch failed. The load dropped to the ground but no workers were injured.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Tower crane operation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008119700132
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A tower crane was placing a section of prefabricated wooden wall 4.5 metres from an 8-kV power line. A gust of wind pushed the wall into the power line, tripping a pole breaker.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Assembling drilling rig
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2009144250097
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A 90-ton mobile crane was attempting to level a drilling rig by lifting a corner of its substructure. The lifting capacity of the boom extension was exceeded and the extension buckled. No workers were injured.
Injury Type : Fractured arm
Core Activity : Equipment Installation
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008140970531
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A screw conveyor was being rigged on an angle so that it could be hoisted down an access hole. A worker was standing about 5 feet up on the elevated end of the conveyor so he could manually winch up the end. The chain rigging at the bottom end came unhooked, the lower end of the screw conveyor dropped, and the worker fell to the floor.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Drilling fence post holes
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008163790037
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A skid-steer front-end loader was equipped to drill fence post holes. The drill auger contacted and ruptured a 40-mm, 40-psi gas line main. No workers were injured.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavation work
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008109150447
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

As an excavator was mounding topsoil, its boom contacted and severed overhead communication lines. As a result, the neutral line, located above these lines and with a large amount of sag, flipped up and contacted a 14.4-kV power line. Fortunately, neither the power line nor the utility pole was damaged.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injuries
Core Activity : Loading tile onto articulating boom truck
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008163750159
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

As an articulating boom truck was loading tile, its boom hit the support cable (guyline) of a power pole. The cable broke and struck a worker in the back.
Injury Type : Electric shock
Core Activity : Plumbing/heating installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008163640060
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A drainage line needed to be relocated in a 10-inch-thick concrete slab. When the concrete coring machine contacted a live low-voltage electrical conductor, the worker operating the machine sustained an electric shock.
Injury Type : Bruising
Core Activity : Formwork
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008163640059
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

An unsecured concrete gang form panel (10 feet by 12 feet) fell backwards, pinning a worker against a concrete wall.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Mobile crane operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161950289
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

Five wooden roof trusses were damaged when a crane placed two pallets of roofing shingles (56 bundles) on the roof.
Injury Type : Serious injuries to fingers
Core Activity : Finishing carpentry
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008124710459
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker was cutting a piece of baseboard with a 10-inch table saw. The saw's guard had been removed. When the baseboard kicked back, the worker's fingers contacted the moving blade.
See a slide show about guarding for woodworking equipment:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/SlideShows.asp?ReportID=34503
Injury Type : Fractured bone, abrasions
Core Activity : Structural concrete forming
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008115132323
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A section of metal prefabricated formwork fell about 10 feet to a walkway below. The form, which weighed almost 500 pounds, struck and injured one worker.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Power pole installation
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008110750420
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

An excavator was digging a hole for an anchor to support a power pole when it ruptured a 60.3 mm (2-inch) natural gas line. Utilities had not been properly located before excavating began.
Injury Type : Fractured leg
Core Activity : Concrete formwork
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008161750251
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker fell about 5 feet, from the top of a concrete wall form.
Injury Type : Eye injury
Core Activity : Roofing
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008160670176
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker was kneeling to install capping for a synthetic slate roof. As he delivered the first hammer-blow to a nail, the nail bounced back and struck his eye.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Concrete pouring
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157410240
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A front outrigger of a concrete pumping truck broke through the dunnage placed beneath it. The outrigger sank into the ground and the truck partially tipped. The hopper of the tipping truck struck a concrete truck that was offloading into the hopper.
Injury Type : Abrasions, bruising
Core Activity : Traffic control
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008143950305
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A traffic control person was stopping traffic for single-lane traffic control on a highway. The worker was struck by a car when its driver failed to notice road construction signs and did not slow down.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Mobile crane operation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008160850170
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A 20-ton mobile crane was moving steel piles for a pile-driving operation. A pile shifted in the sling, causing the boom to exceed its vertical angle limit. The boom stops failed (structural failure) and the boom fell back onto the winching drums.
Injury Type : Laceration to leg
Core Activity : Window renovation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008116120224
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker was setting down a circular saw when the saw was caught by a tree branch. The branch also caught the worker's trigger finger, and the saw guard flipped back. The saw started and struck the worker's leg.
Injury Type : Injuries to back and leg
Core Activity : Traffic control
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008107970380
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A traffic control person was struck by a motor vehicle, which then left the scene.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Road construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008034450322
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

As a bulldozer was mucking the toe of the slope, the 40-foot-high blasted rock face slipped. The tractor cab filled with rock, but the operator was able to avoid serious injury by staying in the corner of the cab.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Scaffold system set-up
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161950280
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

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

During road construction, fly rock from a blast struck a house.
See a slide show about a blasting incident in which fly rock damaged several vehicles:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/SlideShows.asp?ReportID=34853
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Blasting
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008137102606
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

During construction, a blast was set off in a residential area. Fly rock struck and damaged nearby homes and vehicles. Fortunately, people in the area (workers and non-workers) were not injured.
See a slide show about a blasting incident in which fly rock damaged several vehicles:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/SlideShows.asp?ReportID=34853
Injury Type : Back injury, stiffness, bruising
Core Activity : Land surfacing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008163270061
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A dump truck was unloading gravel on an uneven surface, where the rear tires were about 15 centimetres (6 inches) higher than the front tires. The truck tipped over onto the driver's side.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Tower crane operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161770439
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A tower crane being operated by remote control from the ground slewed into the boom of a stationary mobile crane. Both cranes sustained minor damage.
Injury Type : Amputated finger
Core Activity : Construction
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008118870629
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker lost his footing while cutting a sheet of plywood. As he fell, one finger contacted the saw blade.
Injury Type : Bruising
Core Activity : Sprinkler system installation
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008110750421
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

Workers were stripping forms from a third-floor suspended slab when they lost control of a sheet of 3/4-inch plywood. The sheet bounced off a perimeter fence and into an opening on the first floor of the building. It struck a young worker on a stepladder at ground level.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Steep slope roofing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008156240209
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker fell from a sloped roof about 22 feet above grade. He landed on a concrete ramp and rolled a further 30 feet down it. The worker later died of his injuries.
Injury Type : Internal injuries, deep laceration, hand injury
Core Activity : Roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008110110052
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

While tearing off an existing roof, a worker fell from the unguarded roof edge onto landscaping about 15 feet below. No fall protection system was in place.
Injury Type : Broken bones
Core Activity : Exterior stucco application
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008163710060
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker was installing mesh under a window on a building. He slipped through the space between the building and the scaffold, landed on the balcony below, bounced onto the scaffold deck, then fell to the ground (about 20 feet).
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Road building
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008163640044
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

During the digging of a large excavation (30 feet deep; 50 feet long by 50 feet wide), part of the bank collapsed.
Injury Type : Exposure to a hazardous substance
Core Activity : Insulation work
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008124770197
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker was overcome while working with polyurethane spray foam insulation.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Land clearing and site preparation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008113830193
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

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

An electrical fire occurred in the slip ring of a tower crane. The two workers who extinguished the fire were treated for smoke inhalation.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Carpentry work
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008155070249
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

The boom of an aerial lift (a self-propelled elevating work platform) contacted an energized overhead low-voltage power line.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Traffic control
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008163750151
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A mobile crane was set up on a street so it could unload reinforcing steel from a flatbed truck. A transit bus hit the crane's counterweight.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Concrete highrise construction
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008154970414
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A concrete spandrel on the 18th floor shifted, pinching the wire securing the "C" clamp that aligned and levelled the spandrel. The clamp fell, bounced off a canopy at the 8th floor, then fell to street level, narrowly missing a pedestrian.
Injury Type : Internal injuries
Core Activity : Concrete placing and finishing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008122700161
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker was struck by a concrete lintel when formwork collapsed. The worker was knocked off the scaffold he was working on and landed on the ground 5 feet below.
Injury Type : Serious injuries to hand
Core Activity : Electrical work
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008155980236
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A young worker was using an impact hammer to pound a 6-foot grounding rod into the ground when his hand was seriously injured.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Site servicing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008034450318
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A backhoe was digging a foundation. It snagged a 25-kV electrical conductor. Utilities had not been fully located before excavating began.
Injury Type : Fractured vertebra, ankle
Core Activity : Wood frame construction
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008147050207
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A worker fell through a stairwell floor opening to the level below (about 9 feet).
Watch a short video in which a worker falls through a stairwell opening:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/Videos.asp?ReportID=34741
Read an investigation report about a similar incident in which the worker died:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Topics/AccidentInvestigations/IR-Construction.asp?ReportID=35074
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Crane operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008122700160
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A mobile crane with its boom extended 90 feet tipped over while lifting a load.
Injury Type : Minor concussion
Core Activity : Dump truck operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008155730237
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A truck was dumping a load of fill on a sloped, unstable dirt road when the truck shifted sideways and tipped over.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157270306
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A backhoe was digging a 5-foot-deep excavation so a conductor could be repaired. A 3-inch gas line was contacted, causing an uncontrolled release of gas.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Backhoe operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008115132290
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

A backhoe ruptured a natural gas line while digging to install a lamp post. The utilities had not been located before digging began.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Tower crane operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008115132291
Date of Incident : 2008-Sep

The securing device on a tower crane's hoisting drum failed, causing the hoist line to spool off the drum. The work platform suspended from the hook, with a worker on it, dropped to grade (about 45 feet).
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavating
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161950299
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

An excavator was loading soil into a dump truck. The excavator's bucket contacted and ruptured a 1.25-inch natural gas line. Injury Type : Lacerations, broken bone, bruising
Core Activity : Residential framing
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008111110440
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

A worker was on a top plate 8 to 9 feet above grade, standing trusses, when the trusses became unstable and fell onto him. He managed to climb down off the top plate to the ground floor.
Injury Type : Temporary loss of consciousness; broken vertebrae
Core Activity : Electrical work
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008155400273
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

As a worker stepped into a utility trailer, he slipped on the wet floor and fell backwards. His head struck the pavement 1.5 feet below the floor of the trailer.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Highrise concrete construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008160580198
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

The load line of one tower crane contacted the jib of a second tower crane several times in a two-day period. The tower crane operators and riggers did not report these crane contacts to their managers.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Tower crane operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008115132288
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

A lower tower crane contacted the load being moved by a higher tower crane.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Steel stud/drywall installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161950252
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

A worker was relocating a telescopic boom lift between an excavation and a guarded natural gas meter cap. One of the lift's rough-terrain tires struck the gas meter cap, damaging a regulator and releasing natural gas onto the job site.
Injury Type : Minor injuries
Core Activity : Road construction
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008163790018
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

A worker driving to a road construction site was involved a multi-vehicle accident.
Injury Type : Electrical burns
Core Activity : Electrical work
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008122700154
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

As a worker stripped a piece of BX cable, he contacted the enclosed live 347-volt electrical circuit.
Injury Type : Back injury, bruising
Core Activity : Framing and forming
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008129920190
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

A young worker fell 10.75 feet while helping to place a 17-foot-long exterior wall on the second floor of a building under construction.
Injury Type : Fractured vertebra and finger
Core Activity : Exterior restoration
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008122700155
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

A worker was looking for a tool that had landed in some bushes when he fell over a 6-foot drop.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injuries
Core Activity : Landfill maintenance
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008159110168
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

A dump truck loaded with 2-inch crush was descending a haul road with a grade of 12 percent. The brakes were not effective and the truck gained speed. The truck travelled more than 400 metres after the brakes failed, then the driver deliberately turned the truck to roll it, to stop its descent. The cab remained upright, the box tipped (spilling its load), and the truck stopped.
Injury Type : Fractures, lacerations, contusions
Core Activity : Oil or gas pipeline construction or repair
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008156240203
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

The operator of a side-boom tracked crawler parked the machine and exited the cab. The machine began to roll forward. The operator (a young worker) tried to climb back onto the machine but fell on the track and was pulled between the track and the side-boom mounting structure.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injuries
Core Activity : Building maintenance
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008155400255
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

A ladder had been set up on sand and was not secured. When it tilted over, the worker on it fell 10-12 feet.
Injury Type : Head injury
Core Activity : Low slope roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008128230301
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

During re-roofing, a worker fell 7 feet to the deck below, then fell an additional 5 feet to the ground.
Injury Type : Headache, nausea, abrasion, soft-tissue injuries
Core Activity : Bridge construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157560264
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

The boom of a manlift had been extended into the danger zone of some rigging when a ground-level, horizontal-to-vertical pulley attachment failed. The 2.5-ton load caused a tensioned winch cable to straighten and hook the underside of the manlift. A young worker in the lift was thrown out. The worker's fall protection equipment saved him from a 25-foot fall to the concrete below.
Injury Type : Broken foot
Core Activity : Metal deck installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008114550176
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

A young worker fell about 12.75 feet from a metal deck mezzanine that he was helping to install.
Injury Type : Temporary loss of consciousness; soft-tissue injuries; possible concussion
Core Activity : Structural concrete forming
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161950249
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

A worker was verifying elevations of a scaffold system that supported a suspended formwork deck. Another worker, positioned higher, inadvertently dropped a 4x8 sheet of 3/4-inch plywood. The sheet of plywood struck the lower worker on the back of the neck.
Injury Type : Injury to vertebrae
Core Activity : Framing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008155400257
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

A worker slipped on a piece of plastic while descending a stairway. The stairway was outfitted with a handrail.
Injury Type : Minor injuries (2 workers)
Core Activity : Cleaning
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008115132285
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

A worker was on an aluminum extension ladder, cleaning walls. The ladder became unstable, causing the worker to fall about 10 feet and land on a worker below.
Injury Type : Multiple fractures, deep bruises
Core Activity : Paving services
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008144250167
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

A worker was driving on a main by-pass road when the worker's vehicle was struck by an oncoming vehicle (driven by a non-worker) that crossed the centre line.
Injury Type : Head laceration
Core Activity : Power washing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008145130299
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

A young worker fell 9.5 feet off a deck he was power washing.
Injury Type : Undetermined injury to hand
Core Activity : Wood frame construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161770400
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

A worker was nailing a wooden wall frame using a pneumatic nail gun when a nail discharged into his hand.
See a bulletin about preventing injuries from nail guns:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Posters.asp?ReportID=34835
Injury Type : Electric shock
Core Activity : Construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008112850192
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

As a tower crane was landing a load of construction materials during a thunderstorm, a lightning flash produced an induced electrical current. When the rigger grabbed the load chain, he sustained an electric shock.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Land clearing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008155730220
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

A bulldozer was pushing earth forward to create a road to the lower load-away area. The vertically excavated road shoulder collapsed, causing the bulldozer to roll over and down to the lower load-away area (about 9 feet below).
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavating
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008155980214
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

A small excavator ruptured a 3/4-inch natural gas line.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavating
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008112850185
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

An excavator damaged the protective coating and armour sheath of an underground 120/208-volt electrical conductor, creating a ground fault situation. As a result, the protective coating overheated, melted off the line, and caught fire at the panel.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Tower crane operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157270284
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

A crane operator had rigged a load consisting of two 19-foot steel columns. When the load was suspended about 10 feet off the ground, the operator shut down the crane, using the remote control device. The operator then climbed a stairwell to the top of the building, from where he saw the crane slewing in a southwest direction. Using the remote control, the operator could not stop the crane but was able to lift the load. The crane's boom came to rest 180 degrees from its starting point.
Injury Type : Lacerated leg
Core Activity : Wood frame construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008163640030
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

A young worker was placing floor joists when he fell about 8 feet to the floor below.
Injury Type : Broken wrist, bruising
Core Activity : Construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008137102563
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

A worker was on the top step of a 4-foot stepladder, on a balcony 8.5 feet above the ground. He was near the edge of the balcony, nailing a 2x8, when the ladder tipped, causing the worker to fall to the ground (about 12.5 feet).
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Concrete forming
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008117670580
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

A rough-terrain crane had its boom deployed in the radius of an overhead tower crane. When the tower crane's boom moved into the quadrant of the rough-terrain crane, the two booms made contact.
Injury Type : Abdominal injuries
Core Activity : Siding installation
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008138190193
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

A worker was struck by a nail from a pneumatic nail gun.
See a bulletin about preventing injuries from nail guns:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Posters.asp?ReportID=34835
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Transit rail installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008115132276
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

A worker was doing maintenance on a machine used to lift and move rail sections into place when the machine rolled 40 metres down a tunnel. It knocked down 25-foot-high scaffolding, which three workers had vacated only 15 minutes earlier.
Injury Type : Eye injury
Core Activity : Digging a trench with high-pressure water
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008124120190
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

A worker was digging a trench for an electrical conductor using high-pressure water (1500 psi) and a vacuum truck to remove debris. Some of the agitated dirt splashed onto his face, getting in under his safety glasses and into one eye. No face shield was being used.
Injury Type : Fracture and laceration to lower arm
Core Activity : Concrete reinforcing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161950254
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

Workers were preparing a third-floor suspended slab to receive concrete. As they removed excess steel reinforcing bars, two of the bars (10.5 metres long, 15 mm diameter) were thrown down towards the ground level. One struck and injured a worker.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Blasting
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008112850183
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

At a construction site, the force of blasting dislodged a high-voltage underground transformer from its concrete vault.
Injury Type : Injury to knee
Core Activity : Steep-slope roofing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008112850174
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

A young worker was 6 feet up a ladder, having just passed a bundle of asphalt shingles to a worker on the roof. The worker on the roof lost control of the bundle, which then slid down the roof and struck the ladder. The worker on the ladder was knocked off and landed on the deck below.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavation
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008161290196
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

The boom of a large excavator contacted a 600-volt 3-phase overhead power line. One of the lines grounded, and the pole supporting the power line fractured. The power line landed on a fence. The operator was able to back the excavator clear of the line.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injuries
Core Activity : Plumbing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008116120201
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

A young worker was on an extension ladder when its feet kicked out and he fell to the ground (about 10 feet).
Injury Type : Fractured bones in legs
Core Activity : Residential construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008107970337
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

A young worker was 15 feet up an unsecured extension ladder. When the base of the ladder shifted on the tiled floor, the worker rode the ladder partway down, then jumped to the floor.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Crane operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157560242
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

During residential framing, the jib of a 30-ton mobile crane folded over backwards.
Injury Type : Heat stress and exposure to carbon monoxide (2 workers)
Core Activity : Concrete placing and finishing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008111770087
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

Workers were finishing a large indoor area of newly poured concrete flooring. They were exposed to carbon monoxide from gasoline-powered trowels. Some workers also had symptoms of heat stress. Two workers were affected more than the others.
Read an article on the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning:
http://www.worksafebc.com/publications/newsletters/worksafe_magazine/ Assets/PDF/wsm_jul_aug_2008.pdf#pg14 [PDF 330 KB]
See a booklet on preventing heat stress at work:
http://www.worksafebc.com/publications/health_and_safety/by_topic/ assets/pdf/heat_stress.pdf [PDF 2.3 MB]
Injury Type : Broken bones, head laceration
Core Activity : Framing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157410203
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

A worker was standing on the top plate installing joists on the first level of a wood-frame townhouse. The worker fell 9 feet and struck his head on the concrete floor below.
Watch a video about falls from top plate:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/Videos.asp?ReportID=34743
Injury Type : Back injury (1 young worker); hand injuries (1 worker)
Core Activity : Sanitary sewer installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008155400256
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

During the installation of sewer pipe, a 5-metre-long steel trench shield (cage) was used in the excavation. The cage was pulled forward as the trench was dug out. When a section of the trench bank collapsed in front of the trench shield, the soil fell into the open excavation. It then slid into the open end of the cage, shifting the sewer pipe as two workers (one of them a young worker) were positioning it.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Blasting in an urban area
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008163270023
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

During blasting, fly rock flew about 250 feet. The fly rock broke a window pane, roof tiles, and a vehicle's windshield. It also damaged the hood of another parked vehicle.
See a slide show about a blasting incident in which fly rock damaged several vehicles:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/SlideShows.asp?ReportID=34853
Injury Type : Fractured arm
Core Activity : Structural concrete forming
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008154960212
Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

A worker was placing a beam at the 24-foot level of suspended slab falsework when he slipped and fell to grade.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Pile driving
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008155980225
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A crane used for pile driving was moving metal pilings. The pilings struck a barge, causing the main crane boom to fail and land in the lake.
Injury Type : Eye injury
Core Activity : Installation of site services
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008117640412
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A worker was cutting 8-inch PVC pipe with an abrasive wheel designed for cutting steel. The wheel started to wobble, then shattered. The worker was wearing eye protection, but a piece of abrasive struck the protection with enough force to push it into one eye.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Blasting
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008155980208
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

Fly rock struck two private vehicles inside the danger area.
See a slide show about a similar blasting incident:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/publications/multimedia/slideshows.asp?ReportID=34853
Injury Type : Fractured wrist
Core Activity : Steep-slope roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008155070215
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A roofer fell about 15 feet from a ladder to grade.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Digging test holes
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008137102548
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

Workers were digging test holes for the site engineer when they contacted the protective PVC conduit of a 25-kV primary conductor.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Concrete pumping
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008158880353
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A 52-metre concrete pump truck extended its boom, parallel with the ground, over its front outrigger. It was being used as a line pump in this configuration when the ground under the outrigger pad failed and the pump truck tipped, coming to rest on its boom tip.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Low-slope roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008114550171
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

During a re-roofing operation, some debris missed the debris chute. It struck a low-voltage power line adjacent to the building, causing a power outage.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Land clearing, excavation, or site surface preparation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008156160231
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

During landscaping activities at a business, a propane line was severed. Utilities had not been located before excavating began.
Injury Type : Neck injury
Core Activity : Exterior painting
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008090580338
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A worker was standing on a flat-roofed carport, spraying stain onto an exterior wall of a residential complex. The worker fell off the roof and landed on the ground. The carport was located on a slope, so the distance from the roof to the ground varied from just under 10 feet to just over 11 feet. No fall protection system was in place.
Injury Type : Sore neck, back
Core Activity : Wood frame construction
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008110750257
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A worker was on a stepladder, using a reciprocating saw. When the saw jammed, the worker lost his balance and fell 4-5 feet.
Injury Type : Multiple broken bones
Core Activity : Re-roofing 5:12 roof
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008155730188
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

During re-roofing, a worker on a 5:12 residential roof fell to the ground (about 20 feet). No guardrails or fall protection system or equipment were in place.
Read an investigation report into the death of a young construction worker who died after falling from a similar height:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Topics/AccidentInvestigations/IR-Construction.asp?ReportID=34151
Injury Type : Severed artery
Core Activity : Construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008107970327
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A young worker was trying to cut a zap strap with a knife. The knife cut the strap, then slipped and severed an artery. The worker survived due to the quick action of the first aid attendant.
Injury Type : Injuries to back, leg
Core Activity : Residential framing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008034450271
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A young worker was lowering tools from a third-level sundeck by slowly feeding a line attached to the tools. As he leaned over a temporary railing, it gave away and he fell 22 feet to the ground.
Injury Type : Head, back, leg injuries
Core Activity : Crane operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008122700133
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A crane on a barge was picking up an aerial lift from the dock to move it onboard the barge. A worker noticed that the aerial lift's basket was impeded by a piece of equipment on the dock and worked to free it. When the basket suddenly came free, the aerial lift pivoted on the rigging and the basket started to rise with the worker hanging on. The worker fell to grade when the basket was 35 feet in the air.
Injury Type : Neck and back injuries
Core Activity : House construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157560224
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A worker was badly injured in a fall of 10 feet from an unguarded scaffold to the concrete slab below.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Transit system construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008122700134
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

Transit track was being installed in a tunnel with a 5 percent grade. When the connection to an equipment trailer failed, the trailer freewheeled down the tunnel on track for about 6 blocks, then continued another 150 feet down the tunnel beyond the track.
Injury Type : Multiple fractured bones
Core Activity : Air conditioning work
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008107970321
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A worker fell from an extension ladder (about 15 feet).
Injury Type : Fractured knee
Core Activity : Painting
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008114550151
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A worker fell about 8 feet from an extension ladder.
Injury Type : Lacerated hand
Core Activity : Backfilling a trench
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008163050040
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A skid-steer front-end loader was being used to backfill a trench. As the loader drove over some soft material, it sunk down, then flipped forward, injuring the operator (a young worker).
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Construction
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008116740003
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A worker died while driving from the company office to a job site. His vehicle left the road.
Injury Type : Penetration wound to leg
Core Activity : Framing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008107970340
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A young worker was holding a nail gun with his finger on its trigger. As he climbed onto a sawhorse, a nail discharged into his leg.
See a bulletin about preventing injuries from nail guns:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Posters.asp?ReportID=34835
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Crane operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008128230245
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A truck-mounted crane tipped onto its side while moving a 600-pound hot tub. The crane's outriggers had not been deployed.
Injury Type : Scratches, bruising; possible concussion
Core Activity : Masonry installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008161950221
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A worker was cleaning brick fascia. As he walked along the steel-frame scaffold work platform, he fell to the ground (about 7.5 feet).
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Underpass construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008113830168
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A 110-ton track-mounted mobile crane was lifting a piece of equipment weighing about 8 tons. The raised boom travelled past a critical angle into the backstops, and the crane tipped backwards. The 100-foot-long lattice boom landed on a busy highway.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Concrete formwork
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008114550164
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

As a column bulkhead (8 feet high, 14 inches in diameter) was being stripped, it fell 26 storeys.
Injury Type : Severely lacerated finger
Core Activity : Concrete pouring
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008155730170
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A worker was using a mini-grinder to cut rebar in a wall form when the grinder kicked back. One finger was cut by the running blade.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Excavating
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008155070187
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

An excavator was digging to expose sewer connections when it punctured a 1.5-inch gas line. The location of the gas line had not been accurately determined before excavating began.
Injury Type : Multiple broken bones
Core Activity : Residential re-roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157270253
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A young worker was accessing a steep roof from a ladder. He stepped onto some loose material and fell backwards, landing on pavement about 20 feet below. No fall protection system was in place.
Read about an incident in which another young worker died in a similar fall:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Topics/AccidentInvestigations/IR-Construction.asp?ReportID=34151
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Bridge and viaduct construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157560214
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

During transportation, the boom and rigging of a truck-mounted crane were attached to the load. At the unloading site, before the operator could deploy the outriggers, the load was pulled off the truck deck. The crane and truck flipped onto one side.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injuries, abrasions
Core Activity : Road construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008114550156
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

An excavator was being loaded onto a tilt-deck trailer when it tipped upside down. The operator sustained minor injuries.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Road construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008114550158
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

The knuckle of an excavator contacted overhead 25-kV power lines.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Steel truss installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008114550159
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A forklift was moving a steel truss. The forklift was in motion with its forks elevated when it tipped onto its side.
Injury Type : Strained back
Core Activity : Residential construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008155730169
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A worker was standing on a vertically stacked and banded bundle of scaffold frames (5 feet by 5 feet). When he cut the steel banding, the frames slid out from under him as the bundle partly collapsed onto its side. The worker rode the collapsing bundle to the ground.
Injury Type : Bruising, scrapes, pain
Core Activity : Site preparation
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008157440164
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

The driver of a semi-trailer dump truck was injured when the truck flopped onto the driver's side while dumping a load of soil. The trailer was stationary on a grade of 9 to 10 percent (lateral grade, perpendicular to the trailer). The truck was stationary on a lesser grade.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Concrete formwork
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008114550149
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

The welds on two separate horizontal members of a tower crane's mast section failed.
Injury Type : Bruising, abrasions, laceration
Core Activity : Dump truck operation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008143950217
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A dump truck and trailer pulled into a pit to unload asphalt. The operator raised the box and started to pull the truck forward. The box tipped, causing the truck and trailer to roll onto their sides.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Multi-level commercial/residential building construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157270240
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

An excavator was removing ground material next to a building, to a depth of 1 to 2 feet. The excavator contacted a gas line, causing an uncontrolled release of natural gas.
Injury Type : Crush injury to finger
Core Activity : Multi-level commercial/residential construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157270241
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A young worker was grooving a 6-inch steel pipe when one finger got caught in the rollers.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injuries to arm
Core Activity : Bridge and viaduct construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157560215
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A modified work bridge collapsed during concrete placing and finishing of a bridge deck.
Injury Type : Fractured arm
Core Activity : Masonry
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008160850143
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A worker fell while carrying a bucket of mortar down a 14-foot ladder.
Injury Type : Fractured arm
Core Activity : Painting
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008107970260
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A worker was on a ladder, painting trim outside a house. The worker fell to a concrete patio about 16 feet below.
Injury Type : Bruises to upper body
Core Activity : Log home construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008131490176
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A young worker was standing on floor joists on the first level of a log home under construction. As he guided a log post that was being landed on that level, he lost his balance and fell to grade (about 9 feet, 8 inches).
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Land clearing site services
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2008113820221
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A worker was falling trees to clear an area in front of a viewing platform. As he was falling a large alder (85 feet tall, 16 inches in diameter) that was leaning about 20 degrees downhill, the tree "barberchaired" (split vertically) to a height of 18 feet. The butt of the tree struck the worker.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Concrete placing and finishing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008064400009
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

The boom-side outriggers of a 50-metre concrete pump truck slipped off the ground support pads. They sank in soft clay soil, causing the pump truck to tip onto its side.
Injury Type : Facial lacerations
Core Activity : Storm sewer installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157560204
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A worker was injured when the gas-powered cutoff saw he was operating kicked back. The diamond-tooth saw blade (14 inches in diameter) caught his face. The worker was wearing safety glasses, and the guard was in place on the saw.
Injury Type : Amputated finger
Core Activity : Residential construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008156730372
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A worker was using a circular saw to cut shims when one finger contacted the blade.
Injury Type : Bruising, abrasions
Core Activity : Concrete pouring
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2008155980159
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

As concrete was being placed for a suspended concrete roof slab (8 inches thick), part of the shoring collapsed. A worker was injured, and the concrete rebar mat and formwork fell 20 feet to the basement level.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Residential wood-frame construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157560198
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A 35-ton mobile truck crane tipped over during a lift. The crane boom crashed through both the wood-frame building under construction and the roof of the car wash next door. The load (a prefabricated bachelor suite, complete with floor, walls, windows, and patio door) was reduced to a pile of rubble when it landed in the parking lot between the two buildings.
Injury Type : Broken bones, internal injuries
Core Activity : Masonry construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008157560195
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

A young worker fell 18 feet when he stepped on an unsupported scaffold plank. He had just adjusted the plank in preparation for raising a mast-climbing work platform past the braces anchoring the scaffold to the face of the building.
Injury Type : Second-degree burns
Core Activity : Paving services or asphalt manufacture
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008161980266
Date of Incident : 2008-Jul

An articulating crane truck was installing a large construction notice sign beside the road. The crane's boom contacted a 14.4-kV power line overhead.


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