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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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2006


Injury Type : Severe concussion
Core Activity : Structural metal products fabrication
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006147280308
Date of Incident : 2006-Dec

A worker had been fabricating an I-beam using a jacking frame and a portable powered hydraulic ram to bring the two flanges tight to the web. A 5-inch-long piece of square tubular steel was used as a spacer between the base of the ram cylinder and the frame. Initial evidence, including a split hard hat, indicates that the jacking frame and ram configuration failed under pressure, causing a blow to the worker's head.
Injury Type : Broken bones in back and foot, bruising
Core Activity : Manufacture of oriented strand board
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006154930382
Date of Incident : 2006-Dec

A young worker was assisting with repairs at the baghouse. While climbing up a caged, fixed ladder, the worker lost hold and fell through the ladder, landing 20 feet below.
Injury Type : Amputation of several toes
Core Activity : Mill clean-up
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006108490243
Date of Incident : 2006-Dec

A worker was cleaning an accumulation of snow and ice from a conveyor belt system when he slipped and his foot became trapped.
Injury Type : Abdominal injury
Core Activity : Chemical pulp and paper mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006116180153
Date of Incident : 2006-Dec

The operator of a forklift was injured when it struck a stationary object.
Injury Type : Crush injuries to hand
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006140970468
Date of Incident : 2006-Dec

A young worker reached into the banding press area to mark banding placements on a load. The bander cycled, causing the worker's hand to be crushed between the load of lumber and the press.
Injury Type : Lacerated arm
Core Activity : Food manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006137101893
Date of Incident : 2006-Nov

A worker was attempting to make an adjustment inside an agitator that was shut off but not locked out. When the machine was started up at the control panel, the rotating agitator blades struck the worker.
Injury Type : Fractured hand, crushed finger
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006034450464
Date of Incident : 2006-Nov

A worker was using a rag to clean a running deck chain. The rag became entangled and pulled the worker's hand into the sprocket.
Injury Type : Internal injuries, multiple fractures
Core Activity : Pulp and paper manufacture
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006029270347
Date of Incident : 2006-Nov

Two electrical workers were trying to determine the source of a major power outage. To access a remote road, they had to go through a gate. One worker moved their vehicle forward through the gate while the second worker went to close the gate. The first worker (vehicle driver) put the vehicle in "park," then slid over to the passenger side. The vehicle rolled back, striking the heavy steel gate and driving it into the chest of the second worker.
Injury Type : Lacerated finger
Core Activity : Planer maintenance
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006154930359
Date of Incident : 2006-Nov

A worker's hand was caught between two boards when energized equipment inadvertently activated during planer maintenance operations.
Injury Type : Crushing injuries to finger
Core Activity : Demolition and installation of metal manufacturing equipment
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006111970302
Date of Incident : 2006-Nov

A worker was steadying scrap steel being lifted by a crane. His finger was caught between two sheets of the scrap as it was lifted.
Injury Type : Potential exposure to asbestos
Core Activity : Demolition and installation of metal manufacturing equipment
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006111970294
Date of Incident : 2006-Nov

In preparation for cutting a 30-inch pipe, workers tore away a piece of insulation that was covering it. The insulation contained asbestos, and both the elevated work platform and surrounding work area were contaminated. Workers did not breathe in any asbestos fibres because they were using supplied air to protect them from other hazards.
Injury Type : Second-degree burns
Core Activity : Cement manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006090821651
Date of Incident : 2006-Nov

A worker was welding a wear ring when flammable solvent vapours ignited.
Injury Type : Crush injuries to hand
Core Activity : Packaging manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006113830290
Date of Incident : 2006-Nov

A worker was reinstalling guards on an operating press. The worker was using a rag to retrieve an item at the press point of operation when the machine caught the rag and pulled the worker's hand into the pinch point.
Injury Type : Injury to spine
Core Activity : Manufacture and installation of docking systems
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006154900098
Date of Incident : 2006-Nov

As a mobile crane was loading a winch onto a tugboat, the headache ball from the second load line fell and struck the back of a worker on the tug's deck. It appears that the line was not correctly hooked up.
Injury Type : First- and second-degree burns
Core Activity : Box manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006157570068
Date of Incident : 2006-Nov

An arc flash and subsequent explosions occurred in an electrical vault of a manufacturing facility. A worker who was inside the vault at the time suffered burn injuries. The vault walls and equipment sustained significant structural damage.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Removing structural steel for equipment installation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006126770235
Date of Incident : 2006-Nov

A crane contacted a 13-kV power line while removing structural steel from a sawmill.
Injury Type : Amputation of 3 fingertips
Core Activity : Shake or shingle mill
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006137290342
Date of Incident : 2006-Nov

A sawyer's hand contacted the running shingle head-saw.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Heavy equipment repair shop
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006126770228
Date of Incident : 2006-Nov

A worker fell from a 3-foot-high platform and struck his head on a concrete floor.
Injury Type : Upper body lacerations and tearing
Core Activity : Rubber processing and manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006137101845
Date of Incident : 2006-Nov

A worker was using a 4-inch hand grinder when it kicked back and struck him in the chest.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006146890183
Date of Incident : 2006-Nov

A worker was crushed while changing the knives of a chipping and sawing log processor. The machinery had not been locked out when it was activated.
Injury Type : Eye injuries
Core Activity : Oil or gas plant operation
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006144250243
Date of Incident : 2006-Nov

As a worker was trying to start a natural gas compressor unit, an ice plug in a piping line came loose and damaged a block valve. A sudden release of methanol, condensate, and natural gas struck the worker in the face.
Injury Type : Laceration to hand
Core Activity : Plywood manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006110750425
Date of Incident : 2006-Nov

As a worker removed a piece of veneer from the side shift area of the plywood plant, one glove was caught by the gear track on the underside of the side shift arm.
Injury Type : Amputation of lower leg
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006157380057
Date of Incident : 2006-Nov

A young worker was performing clean-up duties in a sawmill when his leg became caught between a floor sweep bar and the tail-end shaft. (The floor sweep bar is 17 feet long. It slowly rotates around on a chain and sprocket system.)
Injury Type : Abrasion and bruising of leg
Core Activity : Manufacture of concrete products
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006117670145
Date of Incident : 2006-Nov

A young worker's coveralls were caught in the shaft of the lead pulley on a running conveyor.
Injury Type : Fractures, burns, bruising
Core Activity : Plywood manufacture
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006110750423
Date of Incident : 2006-Oct

A young worker was clearing a piece of veneer from the vacuum system between veneer bins. He got hung up between a sheet of veneer, the stacker air box, and the transport belt shaft, and was pulled over the shaft into the veneer bin.
Injury Type : Broken ribs, elbow injury, lacerations to head and leg
Core Activity : Concrete section manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006155730351
Date of Incident : 2006-Oct

A worker on a precast concrete deck tripped on a protruding piece of rebar and fell forward, breaking through a guardrail and falling approximately 13 feet.
Injury Type : Neck pain
Core Activity : Marine vessel repair
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006129920310
Date of Incident : 2006-Oct

Ten sheets of 1/8-inch wood product slid off a crane load, fell approximately 10 metres, and struck a dockside worker. The crane's load had not been secured.
Injury Type : Amputation of two fingertips
Core Activity : Veneer and plywood manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006130570438
Date of Incident : 2006-Oct

As a worker attempted to remove a piece of veneer from the infeed rolls of a dryer, one hand was pulled into a drive chain and sprocket.
Injury Type : Fractured and lacerated finger
Core Activity : Food product manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006128220158
Date of Incident : 2006-Oct

A worker was using his hand to clear residual product from a mixer when a pneumatic gate on the mixer activated, striking the worker's hand.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Stone or marble product manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006128220156
Date of Incident : 2006-Oct

A worker was using a plate clamp hung from a 5-ton bridge crane to move granite slabs weighing just under 1500 pounds. The worker was struck and pinned by a slab.
Injury Type : Chest injury, head laceration
Core Activity : Steel fabrication
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006155440754
Date of Incident : 2006-Oct

A metal I-beam (30 feet long, weighing 800 pounds) rolled off a transport trailer and onto a worker who was removing the wheel chock.
Injury Type : Bruising
Core Activity : Metal or screen door or aluminum window manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006128220154
Date of Incident : 2006-Oct

A worker was struck by a falling stack of sheet metal.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Chemical pulp and paper mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006116180130
Date of Incident : 2006-Oct

A bridge crane failed, dropping a suspended load of paper rolls onto a flat deck trailer used to move the rolls for shipping.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Log yard decking in sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006102100162
Date of Incident : 2006-Oct

A log stacker contacted a 25-kV overhead power line.
Injury Type : Chest strain (1 worker); soreness (1 worker)
Core Activity : Fibreglass, cultured marble product, or acrylic household fixture manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006128220145
Date of Incident : 2006-Oct

A saw operator was struck by a falling stone slab. A second worker (a young worker) was struck by the forklift he was operating after he exited it to help the first worker.
Injury Type : Amputated finger
Core Activity : Wire product manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006147230098
Date of Incident : 2006-Oct

Wire that fed into the directional bell guide of a lubricating wire repacker became tangled. A worker was trying to undo the tangle when an unexpected pull from the counterweight caused the wire to catch the worker's hand and pull it into the bell.
Injury Type : Multiple fractures of leg
Core Activity : Ladder and scaffolding manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006116121062
Date of Incident : 2006-Oct

A load of aluminum scaffold tubing and deck sides was being unloaded. As a worker released the first of two securing straps, four bundles fell off the load and struck the worker. Each bundle weighed about 500 kilograms.
Injury Type : Lacerations requiring amputation of part of several fingers
Core Activity : Woodworking or carpentry shop
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006147280270
Date of Incident : 2006-Sep

A worker was using a table saw to rip a piece of lumber (approximately 9 feet long, 2 inches wide, 1 inch thick). As he fed the board in, his hand contacted the saw blade.
Injury Type : Crush injuries to fingertip
Core Activity : Heavy equipment installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006110210295
Date of Incident : 2006-Sep

While workers were installing new equipment at a sawmill, one worker's finger was crushed under a steel frame.
Injury Type : Non-injury
Core Activity : Cardboard or paper container manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006128220139
Date of Incident : 2006-Sep

A fire occurred in the storage area of a cardboard manufacturing facility.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue leg injury
Core Activity : Structural metal product fabrication
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006128220137
Date of Incident : 2006-Sep

A worker's leg was struck by a falling stack of 12-foot-long steel beams.
Injury Type : Crushed finger
Core Activity : Elevator installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006093690215
Date of Incident : 2006-Sep

A worker's finger was caught between the wire rope and the spooling drum on a traction elevator drive system under construction.
Injury Type : Shoulder injury; small head laceration
Core Activity : Ready-mix concrete delivery
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006095611071
Date of Incident : 2006-Sep

The driver of a concrete delivery truck fell and injured his shoulder at a delivery site. Driving back to the concrete plant, he felt unwell and slowed down to pull over onto the side of the road. Shortly after, the truck rolled into the ditch.
Injury Type : Serious injuries to arm
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006115520123
Date of Incident : 2006-Sep

As a young worker was cleaning wood waste from the ground under a conveyor belt, his arm was drawn into and around the belt conveyor tail spool.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Chemical pulp mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006146890156
Date of Incident : 2006-Sep

A crane hook separated from the load block while a 9,000-pound section of a vessel was being removed during a maintenance shutdown.
Injury Type : Penetrating chest wound
Core Activity : Prefabricated building manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006116121053
Date of Incident : 2006-Sep

A worker was fastening ladder blocks to the edge of a building's roof using a power nail gun. The nail gun was pointed towards the worker. When it missed the intended nailing site and the bump mechanism caught the edge of the roof rafter, a nail was fired into the worker's chest.
Injury Type : Bruising and abrasion to legs
Core Activity : Forklift operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006156240023
Date of Incident : 2006-Sep

An operator stopped a forklift with a load partially elevated and stepped off the machine. He moved to the rear of the machine, between the forklift and a parked vehicle. The machine rolled backward, pinning the worker between the forklift counterweight and the fender of the parked vehicle.
Injury Type : Abdominal puncture wound and internal injuries
Core Activity : Carpentry/Millwork
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006137101795
Date of Incident : 2006-Sep

A worker was ripping a piece of wood (10 feet long, 1 7/8 inches wide, 3/4 inch thick) on a table saw that was not equipped with kick-back fingers. The piece of wood kicked back, puncturing the worker's abdomen.
Injury Type : Severe crush injuries
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006090580484
Date of Incident : 2006-Sep

A young worker was cleaning photo cells on the small log line when the hydraulics closed, pinning the worker.
Injury Type : Serious crush injuries to hand
Core Activity : Boiler, tank, or furnace manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006128220129
Date of Incident : 2006-Sep

A worker was bending pipe in a plate bending roller machine when the worker's hand was caught.
Injury Type : Amputation of part of one finger
Core Activity : Aluminum window and door manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006130260168
Date of Incident : 2006-Sep

While a young worker was operating a chop saw, his hand contacted the rotating blade.
Injury Type : Amputated arm (1 worker); back and face injuries (1 worker); contusions to arms and/or legs (2 workers)
Core Activity : Elevator installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006122700609
Date of Incident : 2006-Sep

An 8-foot-long 4x6 and half a sheet of 3/4-inch plywood fell 17 floors off a flytable. They struck and injured a worker sitting in his truck as well as three workers standing nearby. The materials had not been secured to the flytable.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Glass installation and repair
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006154890131
Date of Incident : 2006-Sep

The power cable servicing a permanent powered work platform was ripped from the control box on the platform. The live end of the cable fell approximately 21 floors from the platform's cable storage basket onto a sidewalk. The two workers on the platform were rescued without injury.
Injury Type : Head and neck trauma
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006034450330
Date of Incident : 2006-Sep

A horizontal band saw blade failed. Shrapnel from the blade struck a worker approximately 50 feet away.
Injury Type : Amputated part of finger
Core Activity : Smelter
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006136970189
Date of Incident : 2006-Aug

Part of a worker's finger was amputated when it contacted an inadequately guarded V-belt drive system.
Injury Type : Contusion to head, sore neck
Core Activity : Commercial marine vessel manufacture or repair
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006154960366
Date of Incident : 2006-Aug

A mobile crane was lowering a dozer boat from a dock into the water approximately 3 metres below the dock surface. The crane tipped, and both it and the attached boat sank into approximately 30 feet of water. The operator surfaced unassisted and swam to the dock.
Injury Type : Crush injury to finger
Core Activity : Manufacture, sales, and installation of steel screw piles
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006154930240
Date of Incident : 2006-Aug

A young worker's finger was caught between the dies of a 40-ton hydraulic/electric press.
Injury Type : Fractured leg
Core Activity : Concrete forms delivery
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006112850432
Date of Incident : 2006-Aug

A young worker was unstrapping some concrete formwork materials when they fell from the flatdeck delivery truck and landed on his leg.
Injury Type : Fractured heel; cuts, abrasions, contusions
Core Activity : Metal scrap removal (for recycling)
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006118050156
Date of Incident : 2006-Aug

A worker who was removing scrap metal from a flat rooftop fell approximately 13 feet to the sidewalk below.
Injury Type : Fractured arm, bruising
Core Activity : Commercial marine vessel manufacture, service, or repair
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006122700594
Date of Incident : 2006-Aug

A worker fell 8 feet from a scaffold.
Injury Type : Severe arm abrasion
Core Activity : Bakery
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006115520108
Date of Incident : 2006-Aug

A worker's hand got caught in the in-running nip points of two conveyor belts in the proofer.
Injury Type : Contusion to ribs
Core Activity : Heavy equipment, machinery, or parts, manufacture or installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006110210269
Date of Incident : 2006-Aug

A young worker was using a pitch-bender machine to adjust the pitch of a propeller when the pitching block slipped out and struck the worker.
Injury Type : Crush injury to leg
Core Activity : Concrete product manufacture
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006120030161
Date of Incident : 2006-Aug

A forklift operator stopped the machine to talk to another worker (a young worker). The operator was not aware that the rear wheels were turned to the right. When the forklift moved, it rotated at an unexpected angle and ran over the young worker's leg.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Concrete pumping
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006105910238
Date of Incident : 2006-Aug

A concrete pumper had just finished pouring a concrete retaining wall. As the boom was being retracted and lifted above an overhead power line, the jib boom section contacted the 25-kV conductor.
Injury Type : Amputation of 2 fingertips
Core Activity : Wood products remanufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006115520100
Date of Incident : 2006-Aug

A young worker was attempting to straighten pieces of wood being fed into a trim saw. One hand contacted the running saw blade.
Injury Type : Amputation of fingers
Core Activity : Manufacture and packaging of food products
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006156580096
Date of Incident : 2006-Aug

As a worker was troubleshooting a new packaging machine, one hand was caught in the die cutting process.
Injury Type : Fractured bones in hand
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006147280237
Date of Incident : 2006-Aug

Two workers were moving wood under a gate onto a conveyor. One worker maintained the gate in the raised position by activating an electrical control switch. The other worker was moving the wood near the gate when one hand was caught under and struck by the gate.
Injury Type : Fractures and crush injuries to hand
Core Activity : Wood product manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006131490217
Date of Incident : 2006-Aug

A millwright was adjusting the tensioning mechanism on the tail end of an lug transfer chain while it was operating. His hand was caught by a moving lug on the chain.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Steel fabrication
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006155440587
Date of Incident : 2006-Aug

As a crane lifted a section of pipe, its load line contacted an overhead 25-kV power line.
Injury Type : Amputation of several fingers
Core Activity : Shake or shingle mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006137290258
Date of Incident : 2006-Aug

A young worker was using a clipper saw to cut cedar board when his hand inadvertently contacted the blade.
Injury Type : Exposure to sulfur dioxide gas (12 workers)
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006101110189
Date of Incident : 2006-Aug

Workers at a sawmill were exposed to a sulfur dioxide discharge from a neighbouring sulfuric acid plant. The workers were checked at the hospital and released.
Injury Type : Pain in arm and hip; bruising
Core Activity : Renovations
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006140330156
Date of Incident : 2006-Aug

A worker was standing on a wooden pallet that was being raised by a forklift. The worker lost his balance and fell approximately 9 feet to the concrete floor below.
Injury Type : Laceration to muscle and bone of arm, bruised shoulder
Core Activity : Wooden component manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006131490202
Date of Incident : 2006-Aug

A worker's arm became caught between the outfeed pressrolls of a planer machine. The worker had been using a short stick to clear debris from the moving pressrolls.
Injury Type : Fractured arm
Core Activity : Recycling
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006118870409
Date of Incident : 2006-Jul

A forklift operator's arm was fractured when the forklift contacted an interior building component.
Injury Type : Amputated fingertip, broken finger
Core Activity : Ceramic or clay product manufacture
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006129730281
Date of Incident : 2006-Jul

A worker reached for a skewed tile on the lift skid transfer. The worker's gloved hand was caught between the pinch point of the lift skid transfer chain and the sprocket.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Modular or prefabricated building manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006011650199
Date of Incident : 2006-Jul

A 35-gallon air reservoir for compressed air was being prepared for re-entry into service. Two maintenance workers had conducted a minor weld to repair a leak and had recharged the cylinder to approximately 100 psi (in order to test the repair). They had just left the welding shop when the cylinder (free standing) blew off its bottom and exited through the roof.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Liquid extraction from natural gas
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006144250156
Date of Incident : 2006-Jul

The operator of a top-dumping garbage truck did not realize that the directional chute on top of the garbage truck was still in the upright position. When the truck attempted to travel under two overhead high-pressure steam pipes and an electrical conduit tray, the chute knocked them off the support pilings.
Injury Type : Fractured leg, vertebrae
Core Activity : Structural metal product fabrication
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006140330150
Date of Incident : 2006-Jul

A worker was attempting to raise a 2,000-pound steel canopy using a turnbuckle. The weld affixing the turnbuckle to the canopy failed and the structure fell onto the worker.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Assembly of motorized vehicles
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006064400048
Date of Incident : 2006-Jul

A worker was crushed under the lifting attachment of a forklift when he tried to lower the load by operating the carriage-lowering lever from a position outside the equipment.
Injury Type : Serious injuries to hand and fingers
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006110750257
Date of Incident : 2006-Jul

A worker was using an air lance to blow down sawdust in front of the main mill edger (photo eye). The rotating slabbing head caught the air lance and pulled in the worker's hand.
Injury Type : Amputated finger
Core Activity : Baked goods manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006157520002
Date of Incident : 2006-Jul

A young worker's hand contacted the unguarded band saw blade of a bun slicer.
Injury Type : Fatal (1 worker); second-degree burns to face and arms (1 worker)
Core Activity : Commercial fishing
Location : Northwest BC
ID Number : 2006154850130
Date of Incident : 2006-Jul

A 30-foot commercial fishing vessel caught fire and burned. The three crew members on board were picked up from the water. One could not be revived and one had second-degree burns.
Injury Type : Compressed vertebra
Core Activity : Concrete delivery
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006138140196
Date of Incident : 2006-Jul

A loaded ready-mix concrete truck rolled onto its side while backing up on uneven ground at a work site, injuring the driver.
Injury Type : Amputation of hand
Core Activity : Wooden component manufacture
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006140970357
Date of Incident : 2006-Jul

To clear a jam in an edger, a worker shut off the machine but reached in before the blades had stopped rotating.

View a hazard alert about a similar accident with cutting heads that had not stopped:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/publications/posters.asp?ReportID=31312
Injury Type : Two fingers amputated, another finger fractured
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006136970150
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A board was being fed into a lumber planer. A worker reached into the machine to measure the distance between the guides, injuring his hand.
Injury Type : Contusions to hand and fingers
Core Activity : Wood remanufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006112850401
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A young worker was assisting the moulder operator at the infeed end of the moulder. The worker's hand was caught between the infeed rollers and the hold-down roller.
Injury Type : Amputation of two fingers
Core Activity : Chop saw operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006140330133
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A worker was cutting cedar 4x4s with a jump-up chop saw. One of the worker's hands contacted the energized blade.
Injury Type : Facial laceration
Core Activity : Foundry operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006140330131
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A forklift was transporting three steel flasks (frames), each 3 feet by 12 feet, from the set-up area in the foundry to the outside storage yard. A 3-pound steel C-clamp used to hold the flasks together flew off and hit the operator in the face.
Injury Type : Lacerations to two fingers
Core Activity : Operation of pallet jack
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006030370101
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A worker was operating an electric pallet jack when a case of containers (weighing 60 pounds) fell from the top of the load. Two of the worker's fingers were jammed between the load and a metal support on the pallet jack.
Injury Type : Amputated finger
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006136900423
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A worker reached into a chipping and sawing log processor to grab a piece of wood and one finger was amputated by a saw knife.
Injury Type : Compound fracture of arm; multiple lacerations to hand
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006116110122
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A worker's gloved hand was caught in a 1.75-inch drill bit driven by a 5-horsepower motor.
Injury Type : Saw cut to hand
Core Activity : Metal trim manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006147230060
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A worker was cutting a piece of aluminum trim on a table saw when one hand contacted the saw blade.
Injury Type : Bruising injuries to torso
Core Activity : Cardboard box manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006134580222
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A millwright was troubleshooting the outfeed section of a cardboard folding/gluing machine while the machine was energized. The material hoist section of the machine was inadvertently activated, and the worker was crushed between the frame of the machine and the hoist.
Injury Type : Multiple lacerations to hand
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006112850391
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A moulder operator was checking the adjustment on the moulder bed plates using a straight edge when one hand was caught and pulled into the running moulder head.
Injury Type : Crush injuries to back, foot; knee strain
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006111110184
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

When a worker detached an access door to clear the jammed hog knives, the door fell on top of him.
Injury Type : Two crushed fingertips
Core Activity : Vehicle maintenance
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006101920035
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

The operator of a concrete truck was trying to apply grease to the main drum bearing surface. Two of his fingers got caught in a nip point between the main drum and the rear idler rollers.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006034450239
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A butt-n-top log loader stacking culverts contacted a 7.2-kV overhead power line. The current shorted through the boom of the machine to neutral.
Injury Type : Head injury; fractured back, shoulder, finger
Core Activity : Heavy equipment, machinery, or parts manufacture or installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006128220087
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A worker was standing on a load being lifted by rigging attached to the forks of a forklift. The worker fell from a height of approximately 4 feet, 10 inches.
Injury Type : Fractured arm
Core Activity : Baked goods manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006128220084
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A worker was standing or kneeling on a wheeled office chair while performing cleaning duties. The worker was injured when the chair gave way.
Injury Type : Chemical irritation to skin, eyes, throat, lungs (2 workers)
Core Activity : Chemical manufacture
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006111970136
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A worker suffered chemical burns when a section of glass pipe containing germanium tetrachloride broke. (Germanium tetrachloride decomposes in air to form highly corrosive hydrogen chloride.) A second worker was affected by the hydrogen chloride while assisting the first worker.
Injury Type : Crushing injuries to torso
Core Activity : Veneer or plywood manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006134580192
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

An electrician was troubleshooting a veneer composer. The machine was not locked out, and the composer operator crawled between the raised head of the machine and the machine bed to perform maintenance work. The operator was crushed between the head and bed of the machine when it cycled during troubleshooting.
Injury Type : Amputation of fingertip
Core Activity : Smoked, cured, or prepared meat product manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006134520068
Date of Incident : 2006-Jun

A worker's finger was caught in the film infeed on a meat packaging machine.
Injury Type : Lacerations and tearing to hand and arm
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006137160083
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A worker's hand and arm were caught in a conveyor belt as the worker attempted to remove a piece of wood.
Injury Type : Serious foot injuries including multiple fractures
Core Activity : Industrial rubber belting installation and sales
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006134580177
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A worker walking across the yard of a sawmill was struck by a forklift. The worker became caught on the machine's frame and was carried approximately 21 feet.
Injury Type : Crushing and laceration to one finger
Core Activity : Wood products remanufacture
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006154970243
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A worker was using a picaroon to pull a piece of lumber at the planer infeed. When the worker lost his grip on the picaroon, it started to be pulled into the infeed. The worker grabbed at the picaroon so it would not go through the planer; one of the worker's hands was caught between the picaroon and the pineapple rolls.
Injury Type : Broken ankle
Core Activity : Operation of mobile equipment (forklift)
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006111810137
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A lift truck inadvertently went over a 12-inch-high curb and flipped onto its side.
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Injury Type : Fractured arm
Core Activity : Cutting granite blocks
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006147230043
Date of Incident : 2006-May

As a worker tightened a bolt on a knuckle arm, his clothing caught on a rotating part. The worker's arm was dragged between the knuckle arm and the frame. The machine had not been locked out.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Delivery of trusses
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006101920026
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A truck-mounted crane was lifting a bundle of trusses off a trailer. The bundle slid sideways and off the next bundle, reached its tipping point, and fell until the lift chain came tight. This produced a shock load to the boom, causing tensile breaks to approximately 20 turret bolts.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injuries to hip, small laceration of elbow
Core Activity : Ready-mix concrete
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006107970281
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A loaded concrete truck carrying 10 cubic metres of liquid concrete failed to negotiate a right-hand corner and flipped onto its driver side.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injuries to hip and elbow
Core Activity : Modular, prefabricated building manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006107970277
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A lift truck overturned on a grade of approximately 6-8%.
Injury Type : Amputation of one finger, partial amputation of two fingers
Core Activity : Woodworking shop
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006134580170
Date of Incident : 2006-May

A worker was cutting a piece of composite material on an unguarded table saw. The material kicked up and when the worker reached out to stabilize the piece, one hand inadvertently contacted the rotating blade.
Injury Type : Amputation of 3 fingertips
Core Activity : Baked goods manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006117670074
Date of Incident : 2006-May

Three fingertips were amputated when a worker attempted to push bread dough through a dividing machine.
Injury Type : Fractured leg
Core Activity : Wooden furniture manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006134580165
Date of Incident : 2006-May

Several workers were attempting to manually lay a wheeled portable belt conveyor over on its side for troubleshooting. The conveyor rolled on its wheels, slid, and fell, pinning one worker's leg between the conveyor frame and the floor.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006111110130
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A forklift operator was manoeuvring around the lumber storage yard while loading a trailer. While looking through the forklift mast to view the trailer, the operator lost sight of a light standard and ran into it. The impact forced both packs (bundles) off the forklift forks and they ended up on top of the crumbled light standard on the ground.
Injury Type : Amputation of two fingers
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006140710341
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A worker was trying to clear a jammed piece of lumber from a lumber stacker that was not locked out. As the worker struck the jammed board with the handle of a sledge hammer, his hand was caught and drawn in between the pile of lumber and the running transfer chain.
Injury Type : Multiple compound fractures of hand
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006112850380
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A young worker was cleaning up debris beneath an unscrambler that had not been locked out. When another worker inadvertently restarted the machine, the young worker's hand was pulled into the chain sprocket.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Facility construction
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006144250126
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

During construction of an oil and gas production facility, the base pilings and beams supporting a 400-barrel tank failed. The tank fell off the base and struck another 400-barrel tank before landing on the ground. The tank split open, spilling approximately 63,000 litres of a mixture of methanol and water onto the worksite.
Injury Type : Fractured pelvis, arm; dislocated elbow
Core Activity : Maintenance at wood chip mill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006146890060
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A worker was loosening a bolt on a chip screen, standing about 9 feet up a 12-foot extension ladder. The unsecured ladder slipped, and the worker fell to the concrete surface below.

Injury Type : Collapsed lung, fractured ribs, internal injuries
Core Activity : Chemical pulp and paper mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006137290130
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A worker removed the drive chain from a roll kick-out arm on a pulp roll re-winder. The kick-out arm freewheeled, striking the worker and pinning him against the idler roll.
Injury Type : Burns to face, lower arms
Core Activity : Oil or gas production
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006144250118
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A worker was trying to clear a plugged fluid control valve at a natural gas compressor station. After part of the plug had been removed, gas started to flow rapidly. The worker ran out of the building, heard an explosion, and was engulfed in a fire ball.
Injury Type : Amputation of three fingertips
Core Activity : Shake and shingle mill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006136050060
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A shake and shingle sawyer was cutting blocks when his hand inadvertently contacted the guarded blade of the head saw.
Injury Type : Concussion; neck and back strains
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006110210159
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A worker was trying to straighten a skewed load on the bin sorter chain by pulling with a pike pole. When the pike pole suddenly came loose, the worker fell backwards, striking his head.
Injury Type : Amputation of two fingers
Core Activity : Wooden component manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006090580235
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A young worker was cutting 2x4 blocks with a 16-inch-diameter jump saw when his hand was caught.
Injury Type : Fractured pelvis, dislocated shoulder
Core Activity : Placement of reinforcing steel
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006117080139
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A worker was on a wall form (gang form) placing reinforcing steel. His work positioning hook was incorrectly anchored on an open-ended reinforcing vertical steel bar. When he released his weight off his work-positioning belt, its hook slid off the open-ended bar. The worker fell backwards from the gang form and landed on the concrete slab below.
Injury Type : Degloving and crush injuries to forearm
Core Activity : Cardboard or paper container manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006105910109
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A worker was operating a printer slotter. As he attempted to straighten a cardboard sheet, the machine cycled and his hand and forearm were pulled into the infeed rolls.
Injury Type : Torn foot ligaments
Core Activity : Rubber mat manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006137101676
Date of Incident : 2006-Apr

A forklift was moving a material bin, intending to place it near a worker. The forklift braked to turn a corner and the bin fell from the forks. The worker's leg was caught between a material pallet and the rubber mat press machine.
Injury Type : Internal injuries
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006108490061
Date of Incident : 2006-Mar

A worker was clearing a jam-up on the planer infeed belt. He was struck in the abdomen by a piece of wood (2x6x20) that was ejected from the infeed belt after contacting the pineapple rollers.
Injury Type : Fractured hand
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006143950061
Date of Incident : 2006-Mar

A tilt hoist was dumping a tier of 2x4s (18 feet long) onto the infeed table of a planer. As the tier started to slide off of the load, one board fell apart and became stuck in the belt conveyor. The sliding tier of boards caught on the upright board, then went askew and slid towards the tilt hoist operator, pinning his hand against the tilt hoist shack.
Injury Type : Muscle spasm, sore back
Core Activity : Structural steel erection
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006114550119
Date of Incident : 2006-Mar

A worker was attempting to bolt up a section of 8-inch U channel while sitting on the channel. The temporary support holding the channel at one end failed, causing the worker to fall approximately 10 feet from a height of 25 feet. The worker's fall protection system deployed, stopping the worker from continuing to the ground.
Injury Type : Crushed finger
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006034450129
Date of Incident : 2006-Mar

A worker was attempting to clear a jam on a running drive belt. One finger was caught and crushed in the chain.
Injury Type : Amputation of arm
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006130570111
Date of Incident : 2006-Mar

A worker was doing cleanup at the motor end of the 30-inch debarker waste conveyor chain when one arm was caught in an unguarded in-running nip point.
Injury Type : Facial lacerations
Core Activity : Food product manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006154890029
Date of Incident : 2006-Mar

A worker reached into an unguarded holding tank to take a food sample and was struck by the rotating mixing arm.
Injury Type : Amputation of finger at first knuckle
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006136970052
Date of Incident : 2006-Mar

A worker's finger was amputated when it was caught and pulled around a pulley in a V-belt drive system. The system had not been locked out down before cleanup began.
Injury Type : Neck and back injuries, head lacerations
Core Activity : Log yard operations
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006144250097
Date of Incident : 2006-Mar

An operator was moving a log material handler (a rubber-tired log loader) from one log yard to another. As the loader turned a corner, it tipped over onto its side in a ditch.
Injury Type : Lacerations and bruising of leg
Core Activity : Metal or screen door or aluminum window manufacturing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006134580108
Date of Incident : 2006-Mar

A young worker was delivering a load of glass panels to a workplace. As the worker removed the ratchet tie-down strap securing the load to the side of the cube van, the load, which had not been stabilized, fell over. The panels, with an estimated weight of 470 pounds, pinned the worker against the floor of the van.
Injury Type : Broken ribs, fractured hand, widespread bruising
Core Activity : Ready-mix concrete manufacture and delivery
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006150180043
Date of Incident : 2006-Mar

A fully loaded concrete truck attempted to negotiate a right-hand turn. The vehicle overturned onto the driver's side, rotated, and slid over an embankment.
Injury Type : Lacerations requiring amputation of one finger, partial amputation of another
Core Activity : Wood products manufacture
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006109750043
Date of Incident : 2006-Mar

A worker attempted to adjust the kick-back finger on a table saw while it was running. One of his gloves contacted the running saw blade and his hand was pulled into the saw.
Injury Type : Sore eye, nausea, stomach pain (1 worker); ringing in ears (5 workers, including 1 young worker); undetermined injuries (1 worker)
Core Activity : Baked goods manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006147280102
Date of Incident : 2006-Mar

An explosion occurred in an industrial double-rack bakery oven fired by natural gas. The oven door, which was approximately 6 feet high, 4 feet wide, and 200 pounds in weight, was blown off the oven. Significant blast damage occurred in the area around the oven.
Injury Type : Fractures, crush injuries to finger
Core Activity : Ladder manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006107970160
Date of Incident : 2006-Mar

A young worker reached into an unguarded metal punch to remove a piece of material. The punch came down on the worker's finger.
Injury Type : Lacerations and abrasions to upper body
Core Activity : Tire retreading or recapping
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006134580094
Date of Incident : 2006-Mar

A lathe operator was turning a 5/8-inch-diameter shaft in a metal lathe. The worker's loose clothing became entangled in the swarf (metal chips), drawing the worker towards the shaft.
Injury Type : Broken fingers, sprained ankle, bruised ribs
Core Activity : Trailer repair
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006117670033
Date of Incident : 2006-Mar

A lift truck was loading a 400-pound mobile welding machine onto a flatbed truck. The load (welding machine) was not restrained. It fell off the lift truck's forks and struck a young worker.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Commercial ship repair
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006118870191
Date of Incident : 2006-Feb

Mobile equipment operating in the dock bottom caught and severed a welder's cable attached to a manlift. A welder was working in the manlift, which was shaken violently.
Injury Type : Avulsion, scrapes, bruising to one leg
Core Activity : Trailer manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006107970124
Date of Incident : 2006-Feb

A worker was preparing to move a lowbed trailer; the wheels were not chocked and the trailer was not attached to a tractor. The worker connected the compressed air to the trailer brake lines, causing the brakes to release. When the trailer rolled forward, its support legs collapsed. The front end of the trailer fell, striking the worker.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006143950029
Date of Incident : 2006-Feb

A 24-inch shavings pipe ran from the planer cyclone to the fuel bin cyclone. A 78-foot section collapsed and dropped 75 feet to the ground.
Injury Type : Lacerations to two fingers
Core Activity : Woodworking
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006107970122
Date of Incident : 2006-Feb

A worker was operating a table saw with a self-feeding mechanism. The worker unplugged the machine, then attempted to adjust the height of the feed rollers. The saw blade had not stopped rotating, and two of the worker's fingers sustained cuts.
Injury Type : Multiple fractures to pelvis and leg (1 worker); bruising (1 worker)
Core Activity : Driving to work
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006144250055
Date of Incident : 2006-Feb

As a vehicle attempted to pass a snowplow on a highway, it struck a pickup truck partially head-on and then struck another vehicle. The worker driving the pickup truck was seriously injured; the young worker in the passenger seat received minor injuries.
Injury Type : Dizziness and unconsciousness; possible CO exposure
Core Activity : Boiler manufacturer
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006111770052
Date of Incident : 2006-Feb

An 8-million-BTU natural gas-fired boiler was being test-run inside a boiler manufacturing plant. The exhaust gas outlet for the boiler was not connected to the exhaust ventilation duct that vents to the outside. It is suspected that the boiler test engineer was overcome by high levels of carbon monoxide.
Injury Type : First- and second-degree burns to head, hands
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006111110071
Date of Incident : 2006-Feb

A worker was preparing to do mechanical maintenance work in the engine compartment of a log boom boat. He had steam-washed the compartment, then sprayed the local work area with cleaning solvent when he dropped his incandescent trouble lamp. The lamp smashed, causing an explosion and flash fire within the compartment.
Injury Type : Bruised head, shoulder
Core Activity : Wooden truss manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006117670018
Date of Incident : 2006-Feb

As a young worker prepared two 2x4 trusses for shipping, the trusses fell over and struck the worker on the head and shoulder.
Injury Type : Pelvic fractures; wound to foot
Core Activity : Woodworking or carpentry shop
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006145570016
Date of Incident : 2006-Feb

A worker was struck and knocked down by approximately 8 sheets of 3/4-inch particle board that were leaning against a wall but not secured.
Injury Type : Soft tissue injuries to hands and forearms
Core Activity : Planing/Strip machine operation
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006154850033
Date of Incident : 2006-Feb

A young worker at a mill had both hands and forearms caught and drawn in between the tailspool of a 67-inch belt conveyor and a shear plate (1/4 x 6 x 65 inches). The shear plate had been allowed to come out of adjustment, creating a pinch point; the plate's normal position is virtually touching the conveyor belt.
Injury Type : Dislocated fingers
Core Activity : Lathe sawing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006147280046
Date of Incident : 2006-Feb

The glove on a young worker's hand was caught at the lower end of an unguarded powered outfeed roll of a lathe saw.
Injury Type : Broken leg
Core Activity : Paving stones manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006147280044
Date of Incident : 2006-Feb

A steel pallet board containing manufactured paving stones was moving on lugged transfer chains. The gap closer was pushing the paving stones closer together as they approached the lowerator. When two workers tried to change positions, the leg of one worker was caught in an unguarded pinch point between the gap closer and the lowerator.
Injury Type : Crushed finger
Core Activity : Wooden component manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006130570035
Date of Incident : 2006-Feb

A worker was using a socket wrench to adjust the end stop of the fingerjoint shuttle when the machine cycled. The machinery had not been locked out.
Injury Type : Crush injury to three fingers
Core Activity : Printing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006140330031
Date of Incident : 2006-Feb

While doing maintenance, a worker was pulling paper (web) through the rollers of an energized printing press. The machine cycled and jogged in reverse, drawing the worker's hand between the rollers.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006154970062
Date of Incident : 2006-Feb

A double-cut head saw was cutting a cedar log when it contacted a piece of steel not visible to the operator. The saw shattered on contact, and pieces of metal flew over 90 feet in different directions. The polycarbonate window of the tail sawyer's booth was knocked out.
Injury Type : Eye injury
Core Activity : Veneer manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006147280038
Date of Incident : 2006-Feb

A worker was cleaning up scraps of veneer from the floor. A wood veneer splinter approximately 5 x 3/8 x 1/16 inches entered the worker's eye area.
Injury Type : Release of sulfur dioxide
Core Activity : Metal manufacturing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006111970025
Date of Incident : 2006-Jan

Several tonnes of liquid sulfur dioxide were released into the workplace when a valve was set incorrectly and a knock-out box overflowed.
Injury Type : Toxic effects from exposure to H2S gas
Core Activity : Oil recycling
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006109750012
Date of Incident : 2006-Jan

A vacuum truck operator was cleaning a flow-back tank at an oil well known to contain 8 percent hydrogen sulfide (H2S). During the cleanup, 40 to 80 litres of fluid spilled.
Injury Type : Serious burns to more than half the body (1 worker); smoke inhalation (1 worker)
Core Activity : Chemical pulp and paper mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006116180011
Date of Incident : 2006-Jan

A worker was changing ventilation fans on MCC (motor control centre) cabinets when his metal flashlight fell through safeguarding into energized electrical busbars, creating a flash fire.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Mechanical pulp and paper mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2006147280048
Date of Incident : 2006-Jan

An 18-ton roll of paper (total load 27.5 tons) was suspended from two bridge crane hoists (with respective capacities of 25 tons and 30 tons). As the roll of paper was being lowered from a transfer cart to an unwinder cradle, the shank of the hook on the 25-ton hoist failed at the bearing block. The roll fell approximately 3 feet into the cradle.
Injury Type : Toxic effects from acute H2S exposure
Core Activity : Oil or gas production
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2006109750020
Date of Incident : 2006-Jan

A worker without a respirator was helping to connect a flange on the flare line at a gas compressor site (known to contain 20% hydrogen sulfide). He briefly lost consciousness after exposure to hydrogen sulfide.
Injury Type : Fractured leg, open puncture wound, bruised ribs
Core Activity : Green chain sorter
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2006154970045
Date of Incident : 2006-Jan

A worker was trying to dislodge a crossed-up and stuck piece of cedar (2 inches by 2 inches by 14 feet). When the worker pulled the piece, it broke in two, causing the worker to lose his balance and fall 7 feet, 2 inches into the waste conveyor below.
Injury Type : Blunt force trauma to head; undetermined other injuries
Core Activity : Custom fabrication pressure vessels
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006140330017
Date of Incident : 2006-Jan

A worker was conducting a layout inspection of the top of a stainless steel pressure vessel about 12 feet above grade. When he accessed an unsecured ladder to descend, the ladder slipped and the worker fell to the concrete floor below.
Injury Type : Crushed and contused forearm
Core Activity : Food manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006070890002
Date of Incident : 2006-Jan

An energized palletizer machine had stopped because a piece of waste cardboard was blocking the electric eye of the pallet stack magazine. When the operator reached in and removed the cardboard, the machine resumed its cycle and the pallet stack dropped onto the worker's forearm.
Injury Type : Head abrasion
Core Activity : Fibreglass, cultured marble, or acrylic fixtures manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2006105210008
Date of Incident : 2006-Jan

A worker was pushing a mould along an overhead track when the trolley's wheel assembly failed, causing the mould to drop and strike the worker's head.
Injury Type : Lacerations to side of head
Core Activity : Eyewear manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006115420005
Date of Incident : 2006-Jan

A worker opened the protective doors of a lens-coating machine that was not locked out. A conveyor arm struck the worker on the side of the head.
Injury Type : Whiplash injuries
Core Activity : Paint, putty, stain, sealant, varnish manufacture and shipping
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2006105910006
Date of Incident : 2006-Jan

The wheels of a cargo truck were not chocked before a forklift started to enter the truck box to load freight. When the forklift drove onto the dock plate (a plate connecting the loading dock to the truck box), the truck rolled forward. The forklift and operator were suspended between the dock and the truck. While attempting to correct the situation and to secure the forklift, the operator and forklift dropped to the ground below.


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