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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 Manufacturing incidents are available online.

Manufacturing - Incident Summaries

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Manufacturing incident summaries from other dates

2005 September - December


Injury Type : Severe bruising of lower legs
Core Activity : Structural metal product manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006134580015
Date of Incident : 2005-Dec

While a gantry milling machine was running, a machinist kneeled on the bed of the machine to check the dimensions of a rail track component being machined. The gantry head traversed, pinning the worker between the machine frame and a hold-down clamp on the machine bed.
Injury Type : Electric shock
Core Activity : Structural steel erection
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2005111110295
Date of Incident : 2005-Dec

A worker was welding halfway up an 8-foot wooden ladder when he apparently received an electric shock from the arc welding circuit (180 amp x 240 volts DC). The worker stumbled off the ladder and collapsed to the ground.
Injury Type : Back injuries, fractured wrist
Core Activity : Industrial camp set-up
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2005153370165
Date of Incident : 2005-Dec

While installing roof sections between two industrial camp units (trailers), a worker fell approximately 3.7 metres.
Injury Type : Bruising, scrapes
Core Activity : New elevator installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2005137101556
Date of Incident : 2005-Dec

A hoist motor hanger failed on one of the two hoist motors supporting a suspended work platform in an elevator shaft approximately 140 feet up. The platform fell away on one side, causing a worker to fall into the shaft. The worker's fall protection equipment arrested his fall. Examination of the failed hanger bracket indicated that it was subjected to reverse bending cycles that initiated cracks at a location where, due to the shape of the bracket, stress concentrations can be expected to occur.
Injury Type : Crushing injuries to 2 fingers
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2005116110251
Date of Incident : 2005-Dec

A worker's hand was pulled into the unguarded V-belt drive of a conveyor.
Injury Type : Serious multiple fractures; multiple lacerations and contusions
Core Activity : Sheet metal fabrication and installation
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2005112850291
Date of Incident : 2005-Dec

A worker fell approximately 40 feet to the ground through an opening in the grating of the catwalk that he was working from.
Injury Type : Bruising to torso
Core Activity : Sheet metal fabrication
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2005134580402
Date of Incident : 2005-Dec

A worker was trying to clear a jammed billet of expanded polystyrene from a moulding machine. When the moveable platen cycled, the worker was caught between it and the frame of the mould.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Recycling depot
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2005137290330
Date of Incident : 2005-Dec

A worker suffered fatal head injuries in a fall of just under 8 feet from an elevated mezzanine storage area to a concrete floor.
Read the investigation report into this incident:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Topics/AccidentInvestigations/IR-Trade.asp?ReportID=34535
Injury Type : Fractured forearm, lacerations
Core Activity : Food product manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2005134580401
Date of Incident : 2005-Dec

A worker was using an extension ladder to remove equipment from pallet racking. When the ladder's feet slipped backwards, the worker fell approximately 10 feet to the floor below.
Injury Type : Bruising to back, arm, leg
Core Activity : Tire retreading
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2005110750479
Date of Incident : 2005-Dec

An industrial tire (2000-2500 pounds) was on the tire tree (stand). As a worker moved the tire to the side, the tire and stand went past the balance point and tipped over, pinning the worker.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2005150180162
Date of Incident : 2005-Nov

A loose electrical connection on one phase of a secondary conductor started a fire in an electrical substation at a sawmill.
Injury Type : Compound fracture of forearm
Core Activity : Wood products manufacturing
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2005153370159
Date of Incident : 2005-Nov

A worker was cleaning a photo cell by hand upstream of the circular saws on a 20-inch canter. The canter cycled and the top arbor moved down, crushing the worker's arm.
Injury Type : Two fingers lacerated
Core Activity : Woodworking and carpentry shop
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2005154970245
Date of Incident : 2005-Nov

A worker was cutting a piece of particleboard 3/4" x 6" x 20" with a table saw when his hand inadvertently contacted the blade.
Injury Type : Crush injuries to two fingers
Core Activity : Baked goods manufacture
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2005154970244
Date of Incident : 2005-Nov

A young worker was trying to remove dough from the gears of a bun-making machine when two fingers became caught in the unguarded gears.
Injury Type : Fracture and crush injuries to forearm
Core Activity : Meat processing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2005105910235
Date of Incident : 2005-Nov

As a young worker attempted to clear an emulsion from a metal grate on top of a mixer, the worker's arm got caught in the pivot point between the edge of the mixer and a bucket of meat products being elevated into the mixer.
Injury Type : Bruising
Core Activity : Loading material into ship's hold
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2005108490190
Date of Incident : 2005-Nov

A worker was placing dunnage under rolls of paper as they were being loaded into the hold of a ship. After placing dunnage under one roll, he stood on the roll to place the next row of dunnage. The roll tipped and the worker fell 8 feet to the deck.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Demolition of sawmill
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2005117650651
Date of Incident : 2005-Nov

A 25-ton rough-terrain mobile crane was lifting a transfer chain assembly when the load shifted, causing the crane to tip over onto its side. The weight of the transfer chain assembly was more than the capacity of the crane and was not uniformly distributed.
Injury Type : Amputation of 3 fingers
Core Activity : Wood products remanufacture
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2005109150413
Date of Incident : 2005-Nov

A planerman was clearing a piece of wood from a moulder, which was not locked out. His hand contacted the rotating bottom head.
Injury Type : Amputation of part of 3 fingers
Core Activity : Wooden component manufacture
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2005109910196
Date of Incident : 2005-Nov

A worker tripped on a wooden trim block and lost his balance. He tried to keep from falling by grabbing a railing but missed it. The momentum of his fall drove his hand up and into the trim saw, which severed parts of three fingers.
Injury Type : Facial burns, other undetermined injuries
Core Activity : Steel fabrication
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2005090821466
Date of Incident : 2005-Nov

Propane leaked from a cutting torch into a 200-litre drum with an open top. Adjacent work activities ignited this propane, causing a fire and explosion in which the fabricator/welder was injured.
Injury Type : Fractured bone in wrist
Core Activity : Cement manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2005117930219
Date of Incident : 2005-Oct

A young worker was brushing gravel off the bottom side of a moving unguarded horizontal conveyor belt with a gloved hand. The glove got caught in the conveyor belt and the worker's hand was pulled between the belt and the solid tail pulley.
Injury Type : Amputation of finger
Core Activity : Veneer manufacture
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2005124120325
Date of Incident : 2005-Oct

A veneer clipper operator was attempting to remove veneer caught in the chain and sprocket for the veneer tray clutch system. One of the operator's fingers got caught between the chain and sprocket. The machine had not been shut down and locked out.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Concrete product manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2005101150079
Date of Incident : 2005-Oct

As a worker oiled a hydraulic piston on a concrete moulding machine, the revolving table pinned and crushed his arm against a metal support pillar. The worker later died of medical complications.
Injury Type : Crush injuries to arm and shoulder, fractured hip, possible concussion
Core Activity : Soil gardening material packaging
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2005117670537
Date of Incident : 2005-Oct

A worker was pulled into a bag-flattening machine by an unguarded conveyor belt.
Injury Type : Facial lacerations, swelling, and suspected fractures
Core Activity : Pole wood preserving plant
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2005156160084
Date of Incident : 2005-Oct

A young worker was struck in the face by a block of wood that shot out from under the tire of a wheel loader travelling over debris. The block weighed almost 10 pounds and travelled 40 feet before striking the worker.
Injury Type : Amputated hand
Core Activity : Rock wool manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2005093720283
Date of Incident : 2005-Oct

A worker's hand was caught in an inadequately guarded edge trim system granulator (a spinning drum used to shred rock wool).
Injury Type : Partial amputation of one finger; laceration injuries to hand and forearm
Core Activity : Tire recycling
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2005134580329
Date of Incident : 2005-Oct

Two workers were manually repositioning a tire in preparation to make the second cut through a tire wall using a hydraulic off-road tire shear. The raised shear head came down unexpectedly, partially pinning one worker's hands between the shear blade and the frame of the machine.
Injury Type : Head laceration
Core Activity : Food product manufacture
Location : BC
ID Number : 2005146170088
Date of Incident : 2005-Oct

A worker's head was struck as he was lifted out of a process vessel during a rescue practice for confined space entry.
Injury Type : Crushed arm, severed fingertips
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2005107270156
Date of Incident : 2005-Oct

The conveyor of a planer was taking fir boards through to the grader. The planer heads were not operational at the time. When a worker started clearing wood chunks from the outfeed rolls, the rolls were not stopped or locked out. The worker's arm was caught between the rolls and pulled in.
Injury Type : Fractured skull, brain swelling, broken collarbone
Core Activity : Oil or gas production
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2005154930115
Date of Incident : 2005-Oct

A worker was struck by a kelly hose that came loose and fell after the rigging below the hook failed.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Recycling of metal and wood
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2005154960156
Date of Incident : 2005-Oct

An explosion occurred during the operation of a metal-shredding machine at a recycling plant. Property was damaged but no one was injured.
Injury Type : Pneumothorax; fractured sternum, ribs, vertebra, nose
Core Activity : Loading hog fuel on barge
Location : BC
ID Number : 2005095610288
Date of Incident : 2005-Oct

While loading hog fuel onto a barge, a worker fell into the pit of hog fuel, dropped onto the moving conveyor belt, travelled to the top, and fell approximately 75 feet from the chute onto the partly loaded barge.
Injury Type : Undetermined injuries to one eye
Core Activity : Managing a natural gas hydrate in a pipeline
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2005154930110
Date of Incident : 2005-Oct

Two workers were managing a natural gas hydrate in a pipeline when the line ruptured. One worker was blasted in the face with high-pressure natural gas.
Injury Type : Severed thumb
Core Activity : Concrete products manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2005117670522
Date of Incident : 2005-Oct

A young worker's thumb was severed below the knuckle when it was caught between the inside form and the outside steel form being stripped for a large-diameter concrete pipe.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Cardboard manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2005093690243
Date of Incident : 2005-Oct

A worker was moving large rolls of paper using a 23,000-pound clamp truck (a specially equipped forklift). The steering mechanism failed, causing the clamp truck to strike and damage the wall of an occupied lunchroom.
Injury Type : Amputated thumb
Core Activity : Wooden truss manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2005064400084
Date of Incident : 2005-Sep

A worker's thumb was severed as he used a radial arm saw to cut two pieces of 2x2 lumber for a wall girder.
Injury Type : Lacerated hand, including amputation of two fingers
Core Activity : Woodworking
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2005110210276
Date of Incident : 2005-Sep

A worker's hand was injured while he was ripping material on an unguarded table saw.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Oil or gas production
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2005144250197
Date of Incident : 2005-Sep

A thermal electric generator (TEG) unit caught fire at a remote wellsite location.
Injury Type : Static electrical shock
Core Activity : Drug, vitamin, or pharmaceutical manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2005140330195
Date of Incident : 2005-Sep

A worker received an electrical shock from a build-up of static electricity.
Injury Type : Amputation of finger at the knuckle
Core Activity : Metal product manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2005107970483
Date of Incident : 2005-Sep

A worker had part of a finger amputated while operating an unguarded 80-ton mechanical press.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Chemical pulp and paper mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2005108320098
Date of Incident : 2005-Sep

While maintenance was being performed on a chlorine generator, an explosion occurred, blowing out the overhead light fixtures and the steel cladding of the building.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Oil or gas production
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2005144250184
Date of Incident : 2005-Sep

A 10-inch high-pressure natural gas pipeline ruptured, releasing light hydrocarbon gases into the atmosphere.
Injury Type : Compound fractures of one finger
Core Activity : Sawmill (unscrambler/cleanup)
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2005131490244
Date of Incident : 2005-Sep

A young worker was using a 2x4 board to clear wood waste jammed near the tail-end of a waste conveyor that was still in motion. The board was caught by the conveyor and crushed his finger against the metal conveyor sheeting.
Injury Type : Crushing injuries to legs, bruising to lower body
Core Activity : Stone shaping
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2005064400076
Date of Incident : 2005-Sep

Ten granite slabs (each approximately 6 feet by 8 feet by 3/4 inch and weighing approximately 500 pounds) slipped from a tripod storage rack and crushed a worker.


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