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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

2007


Injury Type : Fractured leg
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008157440008
Date of Incident : 2007-Dec

A worker was helping to align long-range photo eyes on a J-bar sorter conveyor belt. He stepped on debris covering a drop chute in front of the belt and fell through the opening (18 by 20 inches) to hip level before grabbing hold of the conveyor belt. Had he not caught hold of the belt, he could have fallen 14 feet down the chute to the basement.
Injury Type : Fractured vertebra
Core Activity : Glass installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2008122700004
Date of Incident : 2007-Dec

A worker lost his balance and fell off a low-slope roof (9 feet).
Injury Type : Exposure to hydrogen sulfide gas
Core Activity : Natural gas production
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2008153370009
Date of Incident : 2007-Dec

Two oilfield mechanics were working on a natural gas compressor unit when the thief hatches (pressure-relieving tank hatches) on several 400-barrel liquid storage tanks opened to relieve a buildup of gas pressure. The workers were exposed to hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas at a concentration over 200 ppm and had to evacuate the compressor site.
Injury Type : Amputated finger
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2007140710489
Date of Incident : 2007-Dec

A worker was called to clear a jammed conveyor. As the worker was assessing the situation from an elevated platform, he slipped and fell toward the conveyor trough. While his hands were resting on the trough, a part of a nearby chute broke away under pressure from jammed material inside. One of his fingers was pinched against the trough.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Production well
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2007159010162
Date of Incident : 2007-Dec

An explosion occurred inside a large (15-cube) produced water tank on a production well. The tank lid became deformed but no hard materials were expelled. There were no workers at the site at the time. The explosion may have been caused by a flashover (gas buildup and fire).
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Mechanical pulp mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2007140710480
Date of Incident : 2007-Dec

A wheeled loader was moving snow in a pulp mill yard. Its bucket bumped a lamp pole. The pole fell over onto an energized overhead 230-kV power transmission line, causing the line to trip.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Building pre-fabricated house
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2007157620333
Date of Incident : 2007-Dec

A tandem-axle crane truck was loading prefabricated log home panels with the boom extended approximately 52 feet. When the boom was swung 15 feet, the lifting cable contacted a 25-kV overhead power line.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Fabricating equipment
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007147230077
Date of Incident : 2007-Dec

A 90-ton overhead bridge crane was carrying a load of 18 tons when contacts within the control pendant fused, causing the operator to lose control of the crane. The emergency stop system was incorrectly wired and became ineffective due to the fusing. As a result, the crane ran through stops and destroyed other machinery until it was slowed down by another overhead crane, giving the operator time to pull the main power disconnect.
Injury Type : Amputation of finger
Core Activity : Wooden post or pole manufacture
Location : BC
ID Number : 2007110750548
Date of Incident : 2007-Nov

A worker had his hand on the end of a long log he was manually moving into position in the grooving machine. As he pushed the log, one finger was between the log end and the cutter head. Although the machine was turned off, the worker's finger was amputated. The work site did not have written safe work procedures for equipment use when longer logs are being grooved.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Pulp and paper mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2007143950331
Date of Incident : 2007-Nov

A welder was repairing a bent deck plate on the main chip dumper when a spark ignited hydraulic oil and chips in the pit under the dumper. The fire damaged the chip dumper pit and the hydraulic pump room before it was extinguished by the emergency response crew.
Injury Type : Lacerations and abrasions to 3 fingers
Core Activity : Finger-jointed lumber manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007131490338
Date of Incident : 2007-Nov

A young worker was adjusting the photoelectric eye at the infeed area of a finger-jointing machine. The machine was not locked out, and one hand got caught between the V-belt and pulley(s) on the infeed roll drive unit.
Injury Type : Amputation of end of one finger
Core Activity : Clearing lumber crossed on transfer chain
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007126770208
Date of Incident : 2007-Nov

A resaw operator was straightening lumber on the outfeed transfer chain for the sawmill headrig. As he did so, he stepped backwards into a hole and began falling into the mill waste conveyor. The worker reached out and grabbed a roller chain, which pulled his hand around a sprocket.
Injury Type : Fractured leg, injured knee
Core Activity : Glass manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007113830290
Date of Incident : 2007-Nov

A worker fell 5 feet from a stocking ladder while trying to remove an 80-pound pallet from an overhead shelf.
Injury Type : Fractured leg
Core Activity : Plastic extrusion
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007113830292
Date of Incident : 2007-Nov

A worker fell approximately 8 feet from a fixed ladder to the concrete floor below.
Injury Type : Fractured arm
Core Activity : Plastic film extrusion
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007158750107
Date of Incident : 2007-Nov

As a worker reached into a plastic film winder to tuck and start the next roll of wound plastic, his arm was caught in the winding roll of plastic.
Injury Type : Burns to head and hands
Core Activity : Rock processing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007156160306
Date of Incident : 2007-Nov

A worker set up a propane torch to dry moisture under a truck scale. He returned after 2.5 hours to find the torch extinguished. When he re-ignited the torch, an explosion occurred.
Injury Type : Head wound, dislocated shoulder
Core Activity : Setting up a machine shop
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007155400469
Date of Incident : 2007-Nov

A worker was removing transport chains from a large square tank on a trailer. He was standing on a stepladder that was folded up and leaned against the tank. As the worker descended the stepladder, its base slid out. The worker fell to the concrete floor 6 feet below, sustaining serious injuries.
See a poster on safe use of stepladders:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/i/publications/StartSafe/ladder/Tip3_Web.htm
Injury Type : Concussion
Core Activity : Manufacture of food products
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007117930122
Date of Incident : 2007-Nov

A worker fell from a 5-step stepladder and struck his head on the cement floor.
Injury Type : Open fracture of leg, fractured pelvis
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2007116110234
Date of Incident : 2007-Nov

A worker walking across the yard at a sawmill was struck by a forklift.
Watch a dramatic video that shows how difficult it is for lift truck operators to see pedestrians:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/Videos.asp?ReportID=34542
Injury Type : Broken bones in leg
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2007157380177
Date of Incident : 2007-Nov

A worker was heading away from the chip shack to collect a chip sample from the sawmill. The path went down a slight incline and was icy, and the worker slipped and fell.
Injury Type : Amputation of one fingertip, lacerations to several fingers
Core Activity : Shake and shingle mill
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2007137290335
Date of Incident : 2007-Nov

A worker's hand contacted the blade of a running trimmer saw.
Injury Type : Fractured bones and deep abrasions to hand and arm
Core Activity : Process maintenance in plywood mill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2007154930434
Date of Incident : 2007-Nov

A young worker was trying to clear a process blockage on a veneer line when his arm was caught by the dryer infeed rolls.
Sections 3.22 to 3.25 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation deal with training and orientation of new (and young) workers. These sections of the Regulation came into effect on July 26, 2007. A guideline to help implement them is available at:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/OHSRegulation/ GuidelinePart3.asp#SectionNumber:G3.23
Injury Type : Amputation of two fingers
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2007140970388
Date of Incident : 2007-Nov

A young worker was clearing ice/snow/debris from an infeed roll on an edger when the in-running roll caught the worker's glove.
Injury Type : Serious hand injuries
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2007111110385
Date of Incident : 2007-Nov

A hog conveyor had a buildup of cedar bark. To dislodge the debris, the operator placed a pusher block (4x4x20 inches) into the open and moving conveyor, which was not locked out. The block and his hand were caught between the conveyor chain and conveyor frame. The conveyor structure, chain width, and frame sides were not designed for cedar, which has long and stringy fibres. Bark does not build up on this machine when hemlock or fir is processed.
Injury Type : Fractured vertebrae
Core Activity : Log home construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007058250478
Date of Incident : 2007-Oct

A worker slipped off a log pitch (the wall of a log home) approximately 11 feet above ground level. He fell head first, striking the ground with his shoulder and neck.
Injury Type : Hypothermia
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007158910195
Date of Incident : 2007-Oct

A worker was working alone, securing a dozer boat to a log boom, when he tripped over the bow line and fell into the river. He was able to grab onto a log from the boom but could not make it out of the water. Co-workers found and rescued him about 10-20 minutes later, when he was showing signs of hypothermia such as shallow breathing and shivering.
Injury Type : Crush injuries to legs
Core Activity : Plywood manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007130570386
Date of Incident : 2007-Oct

A worker putting a plastic cover on a lift of plywood took a shortcut and stepped between the incline transfer deck chains. The chains unexpectedly started and the worker's legs were caught between two lifts of plywood and the framework of the jumpskids to a roller deck at the end of the transfer deck.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007114050309
Date of Incident : 2007-Oct

A young worker was pinned between the moving structural framework of the lefthand arbor assembly (centreline) and a metal column of the canter structural framework.
Injury Type : Carbon monoxide poisoning
Core Activity : Manufactured home production
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007159480097
Date of Incident : 2007-Oct

A production worker was working inside a modular house unit heated by two propane heaters. After approximately two hours, the worker felt slightly dizzy. He walked out of the modular unit and summoned first aid.
Injury Type : Inhalation of hog boiler ash particles (3 workers)
Core Activity : Mechanical pulp and paper mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2007159010134
Date of Incident : 2007-Oct

During maintenance activities in a hog boiler room, a large clump of accumulated ash broke free. It fell to the floor, creating a large dust cloud.
Injury Type : Broken ankle, hand injuries
Core Activity : Plywood/veneer manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007156160255
Date of Incident : 2007-Oct

During a bearing retrofit, a belt pulley popped off the drive shaft. The pulley, which weighed approximately 600 pounds, fell approximately 60 cm (2 feet) and pinned one worker.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Zinc manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007111970246
Date of Incident : 2007-Oct

An operator tried to stop the travel of an overhead crane about 25 m from the end of the rails. Moisture on the rails and the momentum of the crane prevented it from stopping before it collided with a second (maintenance) crane mounted on the same rails.
Injury Type : Penetrating wound to the head
Core Activity : Window installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007152480278
Date of Incident : 2007-Oct

A worker was bent over picking up small pieces of wood from the ground. The worker stood up just as a co-worker on a sawhorse lowered a pneumatic nail gun from an overhead position. The nail gun's barrel struck the head of the worker on the ground and discharged a single 2.25-inch nail.
Injury Type : Broken bone in face, lacerations
Core Activity : Machine shop
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007128220158
Date of Incident : 2007-Oct

A young worker was pressure-testing a combustion component of a helicopter in a test block. He had pressurized the component (head) to 150 psi when the securing bolts failed and the component blew off.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Wood remanufacturing
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2007136050117
Date of Incident : 2007-Oct

A worker was fatally struck by a 4-foot-long 2x8 that kicked back from a multi-ripsaw.
See a hazard alert based on this incident:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/publications/posters.asp?reportID=35334
Injury Type : Amputation of fingertip (1 worker); soft-tissue injuries to wrist (1 worker)
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2007136900160
Date of Incident : 2007-Oct

A new debarker was being moved into position on rollers that ride on I-beams. One roller kicked out from under the debarker, causing the debarker to slide off the I-beams. Two workers were caught between the debarker and adjacent machinery.
Injury Type : Crushing injury to hand and fingers
Core Activity : Structural metal product fabrication
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007128220155
Date of Incident : 2007-Oct

A worker was operating a CNC punch press. As he reached across the front of the ram to move a sticking plate back into the ram, the machine cycled. His hand was trapped in a pinch point between the top of the ram and the machine housing. There was no point-of-operation safeguarding on the machine.
Injury Type : Amputation of three fingertips
Core Activity : Shake and shingle mill
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2007117640391
Date of Incident : 2007-Sep

A worker was operating a hydraulically powered cedar shake splitter (cuber). When he activated the foot control, one hand got trapped between the top guillotine and the cedar block.
Injury Type : Crushed and fractured fingers
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007034450350
Date of Incident : 2007-Sep

At a sawmill, a planer operator was using a pike pole to clear a board jammed in a machine. The pole became caught, and the worker's hand was crushed between the tool and a guide block.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007112850177
Date of Incident : 2007-Sep

A log trailer was being lifted in preparation for reloading it onto a log truck tractor unit when the 10-ton hoist cable failed. The trailer fell approximately 15 feet to the ground, narrowly missing the operator below.
Injury Type : Crush injuries to fingertips
Core Activity : Fabrication of metal flashing
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2007159110069
Date of Incident : 2007-Sep

A worker was cutting 4-inch strips from a sheet of steel (4 feet x 10 feet) on a motor-driven guillotine shear. A mechanical hold-down guard keeps materials in place as they are cut and is controlled by a foot lever. The gap under the hold-down guard was approximately 3/8 inch, allowing the worker's fingertips to enter a point of hazardous operation. The worker's fingers were under the hold-down guard when he pressed the foot lever. The shear cycled, and the hold-down guard came down on the worker's fingers.
Injury Type : Amputated fingertip
Core Activity : Machine shop
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2007136900143
Date of Incident : 2007-Sep

A solid sprocket (2 feet in diameter, 600 to 800 pounds) was being lowered onto saw horses. As it was lowered, the sprocket rotated and released from the fabric sling holding it. A worker's finger was caught between the sprocket and the saw horse.
Injury Type : Amputation of 1 finger, extensive injuries to another finger
Core Activity : Wooden component manufacture
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2007108490173
Date of Incident : 2007-Sep

As a young worker attempted to clear an obstruction on a conveyor belt, his hand became caught in an in-running nip point.
Injury Type : Second-degree burns to head, hands
Core Activity : Plywood manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007156160248
Date of Incident : 2007-Sep

The boiler of a mill power house was fuelled by two feed sources. A worker was running controls for the bin feed and visually monitoring fuel levels to ensure the feeders were full. He did not see a large amount of sander dust come up. The dust fell down into the furnace, causing an internal explosion that backed up the feed chutes and caused the access doors (on the floor) to blow open. Sander dust filled the room and then ignited from flames shooting out the doors.
Injury Type : Abrasion on arm, numbness in fingers
Core Activity : Foundry
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007158910150
Date of Incident : 2007-Sep

Two devices for preventing a crane from two-blocking failed. The devices were on the 5-ton auxiliary hoist of an overhead bridge crane that was also fitted with a 35-ton main hoist. When the load block contacted the upper trolley assembly, the load cable broke, and the block and hook assembly (weighing approximately 250 pounds) fell. The falling block assembly struck a spreader bar on the operating floor, causing it to swing around and contact a worker's arm.
Injury Type : Amputation of 4 fingertips
Core Activity : Metal refining
Location : BC
ID Number : 2007158750080
Date of Incident : 2007-Sep

A piece of 1-inch plastic hose began to wrap around a running vertical agitator shaft. As a worker tried to pull the hose off, his hand was pulled in and caught between the hose and shaft.
Injury Type : Partial amputation of hand (1 worker); head lacerations (1 worker)
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2007156580308
Date of Incident : 2007-Sep

To assist a co-worker at another workstation, a trim saw operator went under a conveyor system. On his way back to his own workstation, his hand got caught between a belt and an outfeed roller of the conveyor. A second worker was injured when he fell while rushing to turn off the machine.
Injury Type : Burns to head
Core Activity : Oilfield production operations
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2007144250249
Date of Incident : 2007-Sep

As a worker tried to restart an incinerator, a flash fire occurred.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Ship and barge repair
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007107200155
Date of Incident : 2007-Sep

After undergoing repairs, a 200-foot wood chip barge was being lowered back into the water by a marine elevator. The centre section of the lift platform failed and collapsed into the water. The barge remained suspended by the remaining bow and aft sections of the lift platform.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Pulp mill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007143950219
Date of Incident : 2007-Sep

As a loader reversed down a makeshift bark ramp on the hog dumper, its left rear wheel went over the guide rail on the ramp. The loader lurched sideways and became partially suspended off the ramp approximately 8 feet above the ground. The operator of the loader lowered the bucket to keep the loader from rolling completely off the ramp.
Injury Type : Broken vertebrae, tingling/pain in arms
Core Activity : Delivery of bottled non-alcoholic beverage
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007128220121
Date of Incident : 2007-Aug

A truck broke down on the side of a highway. The driver left the truck to find a telephone. Attempting to jump over a ditch, he fell and struck his head.
Injury Type : Bruising to head, chest
Core Activity : Pressed board manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007131490237
Date of Incident : 2007-Aug

A young worker was using an air wand to clean debris from the rooftop of a railway car. He tripped over the air supply hose and fell 14 feet to grade. The worker was wearing a fall protection harness but was not connected to the fall protection system.
Injury Type : Fractured foot
Core Activity : Wooden fence or gate manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007117930098
Date of Incident : 2007-Aug

A worker fell just under 8 feet from the top of a dumpster to the ground.
Injury Type : Fingertip amputated
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2007140970274
Date of Incident : 2007-Aug

A worker was sharpening a planer knife on the side head grinder. He reached forward to check the burr on the back of the knife. As the grinder cycled forward, it pushed his finger across the face of the knife being sharpened. The equipment did not have adequate guarding and had not been locked out as required.
Injury Type : Amputation of 3 fingers
Core Activity : Fish processing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007104270185
Date of Incident : 2007-Aug

A new worker was assisting at an automated fish slicing machine. The worker reached into the outfeed side of the machine to access a fishtail portion and contacted the 12-inch-wide guillotine knife.
Sections 3.22 to 3.25 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation deal with training and orientation of young or new workers. These sections of the Regulation came into effect on July 26, 2007. A guideline to help implement them is available at:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/OHSRegulation/ GuidelinePart3.asp#SectionNumber:G3.23
Injury Type : Crushing injuries to two fingers
Core Activity : Poultry processing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007128230239
Date of Incident : 2007-Aug

As a maintenance mechanic was changing a drive belt on an energized piece of equipment, his gloved hand was caught and pulled into the belt drive and the rotating sprocket. Although the equipment had been unplugged from the power supply, it was plugged back in before the mechanic had finished his work and replaced the cover guarding the drive belt and sprockets.
Injury Type : Sprains, strains, tears
Core Activity : Hauling trusses
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007104070103
Date of Incident : 2007-Aug

A 5-ton flatbed truck hauling trusses stopped on a bridge and waited for the pilot car to hold oncoming traffic. The truck's tail-light flashers were not activated. By the time the driver of a loaded log truck behind the truss truck realized the truss truck had stopped, it was too late to avoid a rear-end collision. The driver of the flatbed truck was injured.
Injury Type : Crushing injuries to fingers
Core Activity : Wire product manufacturing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007145570144
Date of Incident : 2007-Aug

A worker was being trained to operate a printing press while concurrently operating a spiral wire machine adjacent to the printing press. The worker was going back and forth between the two running machines while being trained. The worker's gloved hand was drawn between the ink and printing rollers of the printing press. The press did not have adequate safeguards, and there were no written safe work procedures for using it.
Sections 3.22 to 3.25 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation deal with training and orientation of new (and young) workers. These sections of the Regulation came into effect on July 26, 2007. A guideline to help implement them is available at:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/OHSRegulation/ GuidelinePart3.asp#SectionNumber:G3.23
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Elevator maintenance
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007147280221
Date of Incident : 2007-Aug

A worker was conducting regular maintenance on an elevator in a residential building. He was found crushed between the elevator and the elevator shaft.
Injury Type : Severe lacerations to fingers on one hand
Core Activity : Lumber manufacture
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2007154930300
Date of Incident : 2007-Aug

A worker reached through and past a trim saw guard.
Injury Type : Amputated finger
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2007157380124
Date of Incident : 2007-Aug

A young worker was assisting another worker to clear a jam-up on an automated strapper at the planer. The worker was climbing onto the machine to assist when he inadvertently placed his finger in an unidentified pinch point. As the machine cycled, the worker's finger was pinched between a roller and a metal brace. The young worker was not aware of the workings of this machine, and the other worker thought he was clear of any hazards.
Injury Type : Crushing injuries to upper body
Core Activity : Door and window manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007105910226
Date of Incident : 2007-Aug

Two young workers were loading and stacking approximately 2,000 pounds of windows in the back of a truck trailer in preparation for transport. The unsecured load suddenly shifted and fell onto one of the workers.
See a hazard alert about an unsecured load crushing a worker:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/posters.asp?ReportID=34722
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Pulp mill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2007101110167
Date of Incident : 2007-Aug

Excessive pressure in a process tower caused a manhole cover to be blown off it. The cover went through a concrete block wall and struck a rail car outside, damaging the car.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Driving vehicle
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007158910048
Date of Incident : 2007-Apr

A commercial van was making a left turn when it was struck on the driver's side by a privately owned pickup truck.
Injury Type : Burn to upper body, soft-tissue damage to back
Core Activity : Sheet metal installation and welding
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007154890093
Date of Incident : 2007-Aug

A young worker was welding stainless steel inside a boiler (a confined space) when he sustained an electric shock. The method of welding was tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding, which involves a constant-current welding power supply and requires that insulation be placed on the ground where the welding is done. In this incident, no insulation had been placed on the floor.
Injury Type : Amputation of parts of two fingers
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2007147280212
Date of Incident : 2007-Aug

A young worker was preparing to start up a gang rip saw. He had started the ribbed outfeed landing roll and was checking the saw outfeed before starting the saw. His gloved hand contacted the rotating landing roll and was drawn into a narrow gap between the roll and a sloped steel plate on the downstream side of the roll. The hazardous point of operation was not adequately safeguarded.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Glass installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007115131847
Date of Incident : 2007-Aug

As a double-paned window (24 x 40 inches) was being installed on the 18th floor of a building, the window fell. It landed on the 2nd floor.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Glazing manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007137102207
Date of Incident : 2007-Aug

A worker was using a manual pallet jack to move a rack of glass panels weighing approximately 2,400 pounds. The pallet jack was not intended for this task, as it had to lift the rack off-centre. The unbalanced load fell over backwards, crushing the worker.
Injury Type : Amputation of two fingertips
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2007157440156
Date of Incident : 2007-Aug

A young worker was stationed in front of a transfer chain, taking away boards cut from cants by the horizontal band tailer. As the worker reached for a waste board, his gloved hand became caught in a chain sprocket.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Structural concrete production
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007154890090
Date of Incident : 2007-Jul

Four top-running double-girder cranes were lifting a concrete bridge girder about 165 feet long and weighing approximately 87 tons. During the lift, the girder contacted the underside of a crane. The load line broke and the girder fell.
Injury Type : Concussion; fractured rib; lacerations to back, arms, head
Core Activity : Collection of recyclable materials
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007129730635
Date of Incident : 2007-Jul

A worker was riding on the back of a sanitation truck travelling at approximately 25 km/hr. As the worker attempted to reach for a water bottle, he fell backwards onto the road 2 feet below.
Injury Type : Laceration to neck and leg
Core Activity : Woodworking
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007107970382
Date of Incident : 2007-Jul

A young worker was using an air grinder (rated for 22,000 rpm) with a 4-inch zip blade (rated for 19,100 rpm) to remove excess metal material. The blade disintegrated and shrapnel struck the worker.
See a hazard alert poster about a similar incident where a worker died:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/posters.asp?ReportID=33277
Injury Type : Fractured fingers
Core Activity : Wooden component manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007131490188
Date of Incident : 2007-Jul

A worker was attempting to remove a trim block jammed at the tail end of a belt waste conveyor. The worker's hand got caught in the in-running nip point of the conveyor belt and tail drum. The equipment had not been locked out.
Injury Type : Electrical shock
Core Activity : Glass window installation or replacement
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007117080235
Date of Incident : 2007-Jul

Workers on a portable powered swing stage reported that they were receiving electrical shocks. The swing stage supplier advised the workers to unplug the electrical power cord and use the emergency descent device to lower the swing stage to the ground. When the supplier's representative arrived at the site, the power cord was reinstalled in the hoisting motors so that the suspension cables could be removed from the climbing hoist. As the hoist controls were being operated to remove the cable, one of the workers was pulling on the remaining steel suspension cables. This young worker was holding onto the metal stirrup for support and sustained a severe electrical shock.
Injury Type : Facial fractures
Core Activity : Forklift operation
Location : BC
ID Number : 2007117670247
Date of Incident : 2007-Jul

At a gravelled storage yard, a young worker was attempting to use one forklift to pull free a second forklift, using a 14-foot-long, 3/8-inch hooked chain. The hook on the stuck forklift slipped from the hitch pin hole and struck the worker on the head.
Injury Type : Lacerations to the head and face
Core Activity : Fishing vessel unloading
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2007157490191
Date of Incident : 2007-Jul

A worker was standing in the hatch of a fishing vessel, unloading fish. A plastic bucket used for hoisting fish struck the worker.
Injury Type : Burns to head and arms
Core Activity : Manufacture of wood moulding
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2007137290204
Date of Incident : 2007-Jul

At a wood products mill, a chain was being installed on the infeed conveyor. The conveyor was energized and the equipment was being "jogged" to install the chain. When the equipment stopped "jogging," a worker went to the main control panel to check the power to the motor. As he stood in front of the panel with the switch door open and applied a hand-held tester, an arc formed, causing an electrical fire.
Injury Type : Fatal (1 worker); wounds, contusions (2 workers); inhalation of a hazardous substance (7 workers)
Core Activity : Manufacture of wood finish
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007147280198
Date of Incident : 2007-Jul

An undetermined substance exploded near the start of the production shift. One worker died from injuries sustained in the explosion, and two others were injured. Another seven are believed to have inhaled toxic substances.
Injury Type : Electrical exit burn on leg (1 young worker); stiffness/soreness on one side of the body (1 worker)
Core Activity : Concrete supply / pump truck operations
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2007154960231
Date of Incident : 2007-Jul

A concrete pumper truck was preparing to pour the last section of pad footings. The driver (a young worker) was on the pumper truck using a remote control. As the discharge hose was being placed, the boom contacted a 14-kV overhead power line. The worker guiding the end of the discharge hose and the driver both sustained electrical injuries.
Injury Type : Head lacerations, neck injuries
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2007157380108
Date of Incident : 2007-Jul

A worker was on top of a belt conveyor wall attempting to dislodge a jammed-up board. The board came free and knocked the worker backwards 7 feet to the ground. The conveyor had not been locked out.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Warehouse distribution
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007113830195
Date of Incident : 2007-Jul

A worker was using a forklift with a capacity of 3,000 pounds to lift a skid full of materials (weighing approximately 3,150 pounds) onto a flatbed trailer. The forklift tipped forward, coming to rest against the trailer and on the base of the skid, with the forklift's back wheels in the air. Neither the forklift operator nor the truck driver standing near the forklift was injured.
Injury Type : Electric shock; electrical injuries to fingertips
Core Activity : Machine operation and maintenance
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2007154930263
Date of Incident : 2007-Jul

At a plant producing oriented strand board (OSB), a worker attempting to reset a machine control device sustained an electric shock.
Injury Type : Fractured vertebra
Core Activity : Machining
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007140330070
Date of Incident : 2007-Jul

A worker was on an aluminum extension ladder, approximately 4-5 feet above grade. As the worker reached for an item stored on a steel rack, the ladder slipped out. The worker fell backwards and landed on a metal four-wheeled cart.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Log dump
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007157640238
Date of Incident : 2007-Jul

At a sawmill, the rubber diaphragm ruptured on the spar braking system on a log dump crane. This mechanical failure caused the spar braking system to descend onto a load of logs on the logging truck. The spar boom then pivoted out of its base and slid into the lake.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Frozen food packaging
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007147100104
Date of Incident : 2007-Jul

Ammonia gas was released into a plant when a 1-inch low-pressure ammonia bypass line for the tunnel freezers failed. The five employees were on the other side of the plant and were evacuated without injury. The refrigeration system was shut down and the line break was repaired. The fire department provided fans to ventilate the plant.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Cement manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007147280188
Date of Incident : 2007-Jul

A boom supporting two barge loading lines (8 inches in diameter) at a Portland cement barge-loading facility was extensively damaged. The cause of the damage is not yet known.
Injury Type : Fractured leg
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2007140710247
Date of Incident : 2007-Jul

A worker was caught between a partial load of lumber being moved by a forklift and a lumber transfer deck.
Injury Type : Amputation of two fingertips
Core Activity : Metal screen manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007115520073
Date of Incident : 2007-Jul

A worker's hand was caught in the point of operation of an unguarded punch press.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Gas and oil production
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2007158820111
Date of Incident : 2007-Jun

During pipeline pigging procedures (cleaning, dimensioning, or inspecting), the downstream equipment failed. A 100-barrel pop tank and associated piping sustained damage because of the excess pressure. The lid of the pop tank lifted off and landed 15 metres away.
Injury Type : Broken wrist, tissue damage to one side of body
Core Activity : Ship repair
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2007146490143
Date of Incident : 2007-Jun

A worker fell through a hole (5 feet by 8 feet) cut out in the deck of a barge. The worker landed in the bilge area, 8 to 9 feet below. Injury Type : Traumatic wrist injuries
Core Activity : Wooden furniture manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007147280177
Date of Incident : 2007-Jun

The operator of a point-to-point drilling and routing machine was indicating an operating problem to a maintenance worker. The operator's hand became caught in a shear point between the tool magazine and the carriage.
Injury Type : Broken facial bones, head and neck injury
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2007110750271
Date of Incident : 2007-Jun

A worker was repairing a chain in the unscrambler area when the link pin on a hanging chain was knocked out. The chain swung down and struck the worker in the face, causing the worker to lose his balance. He fell back, striking his head on an I-beam, then slid approximately 12 feet down a conveyer skirting into a vibrating conveyor.
Injury Type : Fatal (1 worker); back strain (1 worker); bruising (1 worker)
Core Activity : Stone or marble product manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007156580204
Date of Incident : 2007-Jun

A young worker was assisting in a forklift operation when the forklift toppled over and crushed him. The forklift operator and another worker sustained minor injuries.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Concrete pipe manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007134520120
Date of Incident : 2007-Jun

The roof of an unoccupied block plant collapsed because of an accumulation of sand from the conveyor system above the building.
Injury Type : Amputation of one finger; laceration to another finger
Core Activity : Door manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007147280164
Date of Incident : 2007-Jun

A worker was using a sliding table panel saw equipped with a blade guard. He moved the guard out of position to see the cut, exposing the blade. As he completed a cut, his hand contacted the blade.
See a slide show about safeguarding for woodworking equipment:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/publications/multimedia/slideshows.asp?ReportID=34503
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injuries to neck and back
Core Activity : Wood product manufacture
Location : BC
ID Number : 2007107970270
Date of Incident : 2007-May

A 5,000-pound lift truck was attempting to remove the top lift of lumber from a stack approximately 16 feet high. The hoisted load of lumber was not stable, so the operator repositioned the lift truck and tried again. Although the raised load was still unstable, the lift truck backed up and turned to the left. As it ran over some dunnage (supporting boards) on the ground, the unstable lift truck flipped onto its side, injuring the operator.
Injury Type : Amputated foot
Core Activity : Shake or shingle mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2007137290147
Date of Incident : 2007-May

A young worker's foot was amputated when it contacted a running headsaw of a shake/shingle saw.
Injury Type : Crush injuries to two fingers
Core Activity : Mechanical repair
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2007153370114
Date of Incident : 2007-May

A millwright was replacing a worn drive sprocket for a log infeed jack ladder. The chain for the jack ladder was lifted off the drive sprocket and supported by a fibre sling. The sling failed, and the worker's fingers were crushed between the sprocket and the chain.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Plant turnaround activities
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2007154930209
Date of Incident : 2007-May

A boom-supported elevating work platform failed at the boom/jib pivot point. Two workers were rescued from the work platform, which ended up at a height of about 30 feet.
Injury Type : Burns to upper body
Core Activity : Spray painting
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007125290047
Date of Incident : 2007-May

A worker was using an electric drill equipped with a mixing attachment to stir stain primer in a 200-gallon tote. The vapours ignited, burning the worker.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007110750205
Date of Incident : 2007-May

As a worker attempted to remove a 4x12 slab (4 feet long) from a conveyor system, the worker was caught up in the tail spool.
Injury Type : Multiple fractures, punctured lung, burns
Core Activity : Chemical pulp and paper mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2007137290132
Date of Incident : 2007-May

A young worker was caught in a nip point between a rotating pulp roll and a drive spool during the pulp roll removal procedure.
Injury Type : Multiple fractures to feet
Core Activity : Cleaning out a conveyor
Location : BC
ID Number : 2007157380073
Date of Incident : 2007-May

Three workers were inside a conveyor attempting to clean debris out from under the flights by standing on the flights, providing extra weight. The conveyor was not locked out; a supervisor was operating the on/off switch to its disconnect. Two workers exited the conveyor. Not realizing that one worker was still inside, the supervisor turned the conveyor back on. The worker's feet were trapped by a flight as it went about the head spool.
Injury Type : Fractured leg
Core Activity : Paper mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2007146890049
Date of Incident : 2007-May

As a worker was assisting with a felt change on the paper machine, his leg was crushed by a hydraulic ram that was inadvertently activated by another worker. Hydraulics are not isolated during felt changes as they are required for this process. After the incident, the employer installed a fixed guard on one hydraulic ram to guard the pinch point.
Injury Type : Broken and lacerated finger
Core Activity : Manufacture of wood-burning pellets
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007058250237
Date of Incident : 2007-May

A worker went down to the rail bin to check on the production level. At the bulk storage silo, he reached down to move the canvas-type flap on the unloader auger so that he could check the amount of waste materials coming out of storage. The slow-moving auger caught his finger.
Injury Type : Crush injury to lower leg
Core Activity : Manufacture of concrete building components
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007156680095
Date of Incident : 2007-May

A worker was helping a driver uncouple a transport trailer from a tractor unit. The worker stepped in front of the drive wheels of the truck to retrieve a tool just as the truck began to move ahead. The truck drove over the worker's leg.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Oil or gas production
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2007144250182
Date of Incident : 2007-May

A 400-barrel methanol tank caught fire and exploded. The fire spread to two tanks for produced water.
Injury Type : Fractured wrist
Core Activity : Structural concrete manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007034450179
Date of Incident : 2007-May

A worker lost his footing while descending a reinforcing bar mat. The worker fell approximately 3 feet, landing on wooden vertical dowel protection.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Compressed gas supply
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007090821744
Date of Incident : 2007-May

Workers were refilling/repairing a compressed gas cylinder that had been returned by a customer. The cylinder had previously held nitrogen. When the cylinder valve was opened to relieve residual pressure, a substance suspected of being a mercaptan compound was released.
Injury Type : Fractured finger, hand laceration
Core Activity : Maintenance in plywood mill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007156240061
Date of Incident : 2007-May

A maintenance worker was attempting to clear a sheet of plywood at the infeed area of a sander. The worker's hand got caught between the edge of the plywood and a guard on the infeed drive.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2007146890038
Date of Incident : 2007-Apr

A worker was operating a lift truck with the mast in an elevated position. The mast caught and pulled a telephone line, breaking off a nearby utility pole that also supported high-voltage lines.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2007034450158
Date of Incident : 2007-Apr

A canter operator left his work station, with the control power off, for his regular break. During his break, another worker entered the machine to install new knives, without performing lockout. When the canter operator returned to his work station, he noticed that the panel lights were active. Fortunately, he inspected the machine by monitor and saw the worker who had entered the machine.
Injury Type : Compound fracture of leg
Core Activity : Food product manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007156680077
Date of Incident : 2007-Apr

A worker stepped onto a floor-level cover on an industrial food-mixing machine. The cover slid off the opening (2 feet by 2 feet) and the worker's leg was caught in the auger-type mixer. The cover was ill-fitting and unsecured, and WorkSafeBC found safeguarding and lockout issues with the operation of the machine.
Injury Type : Amputation and laceration injuries to fingers
Core Activity : Woodworking
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007037470156
Date of Incident : 2007-Apr

A worker was doing a partial cleanup of the edge band machine while it was operating. The worker's hand contacted a moving planer head.
Injury Type : Crush injury and laceration to hand
Core Activity : Sheet metal fabrication
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007105910096
Date of Incident : 2007-Apr

A young worker was feeding a piece of sheet metal into a 3-foot power roller machine. One of the worker's hands supported the metal being fed. As he directed the metal, his hand slid into the rollers. As he tried to free his hand, his clothing caught in the rollers and he was pulled forward and trapped in a position from which he could not reach either the lever to stop the rollers or the emergency stop button to de-energize the machine.
Injury Type : Amputated fingertip, lacerated finger
Core Activity : Shake and shingle mill
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2007137160113
Date of Incident : 2007-Apr

A shingle sawyer was adjusting the circular head saw carriage (gauging up) when his hand slipped and contacted the saw.
Injury Type : Amputation of two fingertips
Core Activity : Pre-hung door assembly
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2007117640160
Date of Incident : 2007-Apr

A worker was ripping door-stop material when the material kicked back. One of the worker's hands was drawn into the rotating saw blade.
Injury Type : Concussion; fractured ankle and wrist
Core Activity : Heavy equipment, machinery, or parts manufacture or installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007117930052
Date of Incident : 2007-Mar

A wooden crate was being used as a job-constructed, forklift-mounted work platform. When a worker in the crate moved to one side, it tipped and fell off the forks. The worker fell approximately 9 feet to the concrete floor and was then hit by the crate. The crate did not meet the standards for a work platform.
Injury Type : High-pressure injection injury to arm
Core Activity : Machinery repair
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2007124490027
Date of Incident : 2007-Mar

As a worker took apart a hydraulic cylinder for repair, his arm was struck by a stream of high-pressure hydraulic oil.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injuries
Core Activity : Structural metal fabrication
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007110750156
Date of Incident : 2007-Mar

As a worker was unloading a truck, loose material gave way, causing the worker to fall into a garbage hopper 9 feet below.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Forklift maintenance
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007130570106
Date of Incident : 2007-Mar

A four-post hoist was carrying a forklift. As the hoist was being lowered, one brake did not release, causing the deck tracks to tilt. The forklift rolled off the front of the hoist and ended up about 2 feet off the floor at the lower end.
Injury Type : Crushed finger, lacerated leg
Core Activity : Stone/marble/granite cutting and dressing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007115520023
Date of Incident : 2007-Mar

A skid-steer front-end loader was hauling boulders (20-30 pounds). Some of them spilled out of the bucket and struck the operator in the cab.
Injury Type : Multiple fractures of arm
Core Activity : Sawmill operation
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2007111110071
Date of Incident : 2007-Mar

A millwright was making final adjustments to the planer when he inadvertently dropped his 12-inch spanner into a narrow slot in the side-head planer shroud. The spanner contacted the top of the rotating side head (3600 rpm), was propelled back out the opening, and struck the millwright's arm.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Rebar supply and installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007157520129
Date of Incident : 2007-Mar

As a crane was unloading a sling of rebar near overhead 500-kV power lines, the tip of the crane's boom contacted the lines. The electrical current travelled through the crane boom, the truck frame, and the slung load of rebar to ground.
Injury Type : Serious leg injuries including fractures
Core Activity : Fish packing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007147230010
Date of Incident : 2007-Mar

A worker was struck by a forklift travelling in reverse. The worker had walked across the forklift's path.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Lime manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007157520118
Date of Incident : 2007-Mar

At the pre-heater in a lime kiln, incoming material built up in a spire shape. The level indicators did not sense the rising spire because they are mounted on the sides of the pre-heater and the space next to them (around the spire) was void. When the spire reached the top, the infeed opening to the pre-heater became plugged and limestone material overflowed onto the roof. In heavy rains, the lime absorbed water and also prevented it from running off. With the roof overloading, a support girder bent.
Injury Type : Amputation of hand
Core Activity : Wooden component manufacture
Location : BC
ID Number : 2007131490090
Date of Incident : 2007-Mar

A young worker was operating a multiple trim saw. While the infeed lug transfer chains were still moving, he reached into the equipment to clear a board that was jammed. The worker's hand got caught on a lug on a moving transfer chain and was pulled through a rotating trim saw.
Injury Type : Fractured arm
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007131490087
Date of Incident : 2007-Mar

A worker went to the infeed area of a board edger to reposition a board that would not feed into the edger. When the worker grabbed and repositioned the board, this cleared and activated a photocell control, causing an infeed pressroll to activate and lift upward. The worker's forearm was caught between this pressroll and the metal framework at the infeed area of the edger.
Injury Type : Amputation of finger
Core Activity : Veneer or plywood manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007118050040
Date of Incident : 2007-Mar

A worker was using a pike pole to clear wood hung up across a waste conveyor. The worker's glove became caught on a drive chain, which pulled the worker's hand into the sprocket.
Injury Type : Amputation of three fingertips
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007090580085
Date of Incident : 2007-Mar

A worker was attempting to turn a 20-foot-long 2x10 on the trim saw transfer deck. His glove became caught under the board and was pulled into a chain-and-sprocket drive.
Injury Type : Amputation of two fingertips
Core Activity : Kitchen cabinet manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007157520102
Date of Incident : 2007-Mar

The operator of a beam saw bypassed a safety curtain to retrieve an offcut piece of wood. The worker's hand contacted a moving saw blade.
Injury Type : Fractured arm
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007156160074
Date of Incident : 2007-Mar

A worker entered a barricaded pit at the tail drum waste conveyor to dislodge a wooden block. The equipment had not been locked out. As the worker reached in, his gloved hand was caught in the mechanism, and his arm was pulled in and around the conveyor drum.
Injury Type : Amputation of one fingertip, abrasion of other fingers
Core Activity : Shingle manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007137290084
Date of Incident : 2007-Mar

A worker's hand contacted the running head saw of a shingle machine.
Injury Type : Amputation of part of one foot
Core Activity : Ice making
Location : BC
ID Number : 2007137160099
Date of Incident : 2007-Mar

A young worker's foot slipped into a hole beside an ice auger at a fish processing plant. The ice auger's guard was faulty and the worker's foot was caught in the auger.
Injury Type : Strains and contusions
Core Activity : Printing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007128220034
Date of Incident : 2007-Mar

A worker removed a section of the guardrail from a mezzanine area in a print shop. He subsequently fell 10 feet off of the unguarded edge.
Injury Type : Broken leg
Core Activity : Fibreglass, cultured marble, or acrylic product manufacture
Location : BC
ID Number : 2007104270054
Date of Incident : 2007-Mar

Workers were unloading a container of 12 granite slabs (each weighing 500 pounds). One worker positioned a temporary horizontal 2x4 support for the slabs. When this support failed, all 12 slabs fell over, pinning one of the worker's legs.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Machine shop
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007145570047
Date of Incident : 2007-Mar

A 90-ton overhead travelling bridge crane was moving a set of rollers (weighing 3,000 pounds) onto a lowbed railcar. The load stopped when it was suspended about 10 feet off the floor. A worker was called to examine the pendant control. The pendant control was in slow creep mode and the suspended load continued to travel upward until the motor and gearbox failed, resulting in the motor, trolley, and load falling to the shop floor.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Wooden truss manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007156160082
Date of Incident : 2007-Mar

The blower fan blade of an external bag house ventilation system broke apart. Pieces of the blade travelled through the piping system and into the manufacturing plant. The pieces of blade were propelled across approximately 44 feet of workspace and lodged in a sheet of 3/8-inch plywood sheathing.
Injury Type : Minor bruising and abrasion of hand
Core Activity : Wooden post or pole manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007112850057
Date of Incident : 2007-Feb

A worker was changing the knives on the chipper. The deflection fins on the back of the knives caught his hand between the knife drum and the housing.
Injury Type : Fractured arm and leg
Core Activity : Well servicing operations
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2007144250069
Date of Incident : 2007-Feb

A young worker prepared to flow an oil/gas well with a jet pump. The worker heard hissing from the casing side of the wellhead (the non-production side). As he moved closer to investigate the leak, a bull plug (valve) blew out, striking the worker's leg. The force of the impact caused the worker to fall on icy ground, fracturing his arm. An investigation found that there was no significant thread damage to the plug or flange. It appears that the valve was not screwed on tightly enough and it worked itself loose and blew out.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injuries
Core Activity : Wood chip transportation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007155700070
Date of Incident : 2007-Feb

A vehicle lost control on a highway and collided with an oncoming tractor-trailer hauling wood chips. The tractor-trailer unit subsequently lost control and came to a stop with the trailer upright in the ditch. The driver of the truck had minor injuries; the driver of the private vehicle escaped without harm.
Injury Type : Fractured fingers
Core Activity : Planing mill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007107970115
Date of Incident : 2007-Feb

A worker attempted to turn or adjust a board that was being pulled through the planer. The worker's hand was pulled into the planer's rollers.
Injury Type : Severe crush injury to leg
Core Activity : Boiler, tank, or furnace manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007128220026
Date of Incident : 2007-Feb

A worker was moving a large section of steel pipe (75 inches in diameter, 63 inches long) weighing approximately 3,700 pounds. Rigging chains were being used to lift the pipe off transom rollers. As the pipe was being lifted, one hook came off the pipe. The pipe dropped, then rolled end over end and landed on the worker's leg. It appears that the pipe's centre of gravity had not been identified correctly.
Injury Type : Broken arm, severe gash to head
Core Activity : Trailer manufacture
Location : BC
ID Number : 2007107970136
Date of Incident : 2007-Feb

A travel trailer frame (31 feet long, 8 feet wide) was being moved from the trailer jig table to the floor using a 2-ton overhead gantry crane. The trailer frame was supported by an uncertified shop-built lifting beam approximately halfway along the trailer. A worker was holding the tongue of the trailer to keep the trailer frame balanced. When he unexpectedly let go of the trailer's tongue, the rear portion of the trailer tipped down and hit the floor. This dislodged the lifting beam, which was not secured to the trailer. The front portion of the trailer then came down, striking the worker and breaking his arm. The worker fell over backwards, striking the back of his head on one of the trailer's cross-members.
Injury Type : Serious hand injuries
Core Activity : Custom wooden furniture manufacture
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2007049800595
Date of Incident : 2007-Feb

A worker was cutting panels on a table saw. The wood to be cut was pushed through the blade using a previously cut panel as a push stick. As the worker retrieved the panel used for pushing, it contacted the rotating blade. The resulting kickback knocked the worker's hand into the unguarded blade.
Injury Type : Fractured foot bones
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007034450083
Date of Incident : 2007-Feb

A worker was clearing a jam on the transfer deck when his foot became caught in the drive chain. The jogging foot pedal of the outfeed deck had been wedged to keep the process running while the jam was cleared.
Injury Type : Crush injuries to arm
Core Activity : Poultry processing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007145570039
Date of Incident : 2007-Feb

A worker in a poultry processing facility was using a water hose to clean the processing line while workers were on a break. The machinery was energized and running. One of the worker's sleeves became entangled in an unguarded rotating universal joint. The worker was released by a co-worker. There were no lockout procedures or personal locks.
Injury Type : Head laceration
Core Activity : Glass shop
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007128230032
Date of Incident : 2007-Feb

Two workers were lifting a large (8 feet by 10 feet) sheet of glass when the glass broke because of a chip along one edge.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Log yard
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007131490048
Date of Incident : 2007-Feb

An empty log loader was travelling in a log yard along a roadway with a downhill grade when the operator lost control and could not stop the machine because the road was slippery. The loader continued down the roadway toward an intersecting road, where it collided with an empty logging truck parked along that roadway. Two other logging trucks that were parked along the roadway were also damaged. No one was injured.
Injury Type : Injection injury to foot
Core Activity : Marine vessel servicing or repair
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007122700049
Date of Incident : 2007-Feb

A worker was pressure-washing part of a large marine vessel when he slipped backwards. The stream of water (spraying at 6,000 psi) from the rotary tip of the spray wand sliced through the worker's rubber boot and penetrated the worker's foot.
View a slide show about a workplace fatality involving high-pressure waterjet:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/publications/multimedia/slideshows.asp?reportid=33858
Read a WorkSafe bulletin on how to work safely with high-pressure waterjets:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/publications/posters.asp?ReportID=34201
Injury Type : Concussion (1 worker); fractured rib (1 worker)
Core Activity : Chemical pulp mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2007124120038
Date of Incident : 2007-Feb

A stainless steel vessel containing aqueous pulp slurry exploded, rupturing the vessel and adjacent pump. Two workers in the immediate area were injured. It is believed that the explosion was caused by an excess of 50 percent hydrogen peroxide in the system as a result of decomposition at high temperatures.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injuries to arm
Core Activity : Plywood plant
Location : BC
ID Number : 2007107270015
Date of Incident : 2007-Feb

During clean-up, a young worker's clothing became caught in an empty keyway slot on an idler drum shaft of a conveyor.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injuries to arm
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007156160050
Date of Incident : 2007-Feb

As a worker was putting a chain on the ending rolls of the grading table, the worker's jacket became caught in the sprocket on the shaft for the lug chain. The worker was pulled into the table against the shaft and sprocket.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Vessel repair
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007114550042
Date of Incident : 2007-Feb

A rudder stock fell from its fittings at the rear of a vessel approximately 20 feet, landing on the deck of a floating drydock. (The rudder stock is a metal shaft that attaches the rudder to the vessel. Each rudder stock of this vessel weighs between 1 and 2 tons.)
Injury Type : Severe crush injury resulting in the amputation of several fingers
Core Activity : Custom metal parts manufacture
Location : BC
ID Number : 2007154970043
Date of Incident : 2007-Jan

A worker's hand was crushed when it entered the unguarded point of operation of a 45-ton punch press equipped with a 3-stage die.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Truck body or trailer manufacture
Location : USA
ID Number : 2007115520022
Date of Incident : 2007-Jan

Driving back to British Columbia from a trade show, a worker died in a single-vehicle rollover.
Injury Type : Second- and third-degree burns to upper body
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2007131490040
Date of Incident : 2007-Jan

A worker was working alone performing clean-up duties while the sawmill was down. As he stepped towards a portable heater to get warm, he tripped and fell over the base of the heater. The worker landed on the unguarded, exposed heating elements, which ignited his upper clothing. Unable to put out the fire himself, he was able to run to a co-worker for help.
Injury Type : Serious crush injuries to several fingers of one hand
Core Activity : Custom metal parts manufacture
Location : BC
ID Number : 2007154970042
Date of Incident : 2007-Jan

A worker sustained serious crush injuries to several fingers when one hand entered the unguarded point of operation of a 30-ton press equipped with a 3-stage die.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007110210015
Date of Incident : 2007-Jan

The bottom pin of a crane's main boom was sheared, causing the entire boom to drop onto the log deck.
Injury Type : Fractured skull
Core Activity : Marine vessel repair
Location : BC
ID Number : 2007118870092
Date of Incident : 2007-Jan

As a worker exited a building, the worker was struck by a motorized cart.
Injury Type : Burns
Core Activity : Ship repair
Location : BC
ID Number : 2007107200022
Date of Incident : 2007-Jan

A worker was using an improvised procedure to pour overheated molten zinc out of a crucible. The molten zinc (used to seal the ends of wire rope cables) erupted from the crucible, splattering the worker.
Injury Type : Compression fracture to bone
Core Activity : Marine vessel repair
Location : BC
ID Number : 2007114550026
Date of Incident : 2007-Jan

While descending a fixed ladder, a worker fell backwards, landing 12 to 13 feet below. The ladder did not have proper handholds.
Injury Type : Amputated fingers
Core Activity : Cutting wooden boards
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007157450016
Date of Incident : 2007-Jan

A worker's hand contacted the blade of an operating jump saw. It appears that the foot pedal was inadvertently activated.
Injury Type : Hand injuries
Core Activity : Machine shop
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007128230007
Date of Incident : 2007-Jan

A crane was removing a large rotor drum (weighing approximately 4,000 pounds) from a horizontal boring machine. The rotor drum was placed on two wooden pallets but was not stable; it was sitting at an angle of about 30 degrees and was balanced on just one pallet. Nonetheless, the crane was lowered and the slings were removed from the load hook. The rotor drum had still not been blocked or stabilized. As the workers were installing the lifting eyes needed to rig the drum into a vertical lift position, the drum moved, injuring a worker's hand.
Injury Type : Bruises
Core Activity : Structural concrete products manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007115131538
Date of Incident : 2007-Jan

A single wooden plank failed, causing a worker to fall 7 feet to the bottom of the precast pan form (mould).
Injury Type : Spinal fractures, electrical burns
Core Activity : Industrial building maintenance
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2007117930005
Date of Incident : 2007-Jan

A maintenance worker was trying to determine whether a wire (347 volts) sticking out of a wall was live. He raised himself on an elevating work platform to a height of 9.5 feet above grade. While removing the electrical tape from the wire, he inadvertently contacted the wire and received an electric shock. Unable to break the electric connection with his hand or move the work platform, the worker finally jumped off the raised work platform to free himself.
Injury Type : Amputated fingertip
Core Activity : Food processing and product manufacture
Location : BC
ID Number : 2007113210004
Date of Incident : 2007-Jan

The cutting mechanism of a food processing machine became jammed with product. A worker pushed the automatic stop/pause button but did not realize that the button had not engaged. The worker then used a finger to clear the product. As soon as the blade was freed, it started up, amputating the tip of the worker's finger.
Injury Type : Amputated finger
Core Activity : Pulp mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2007110210009
Date of Incident : 2007-Jan

A worker was cutting blocks with a stationary bar chainsaw when the saw jammed. As the worker lifted the saw handle, a finger got caught between the saw guard and chain.
Injury Type : Fractured vertebrae and ribs
Core Activity : Sheet metal fabrication
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2007120030005
Date of Incident : 2007-Jan

A worker was working from a 10-foot stepladder, with his feet 7 feet above grade. The worker leaned to one side of the ladder and fell, landing on angle iron lying on the ground below.
Injury Type : Sprained arms and leg
Core Activity : Woodworking
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2007107970002
Date of Incident : 2007-Jan

A wooden garbage box attached to a lift truck was being loaded with cabinets. The box, which was not securely attached to the lift truck, suddenly flipped off the forks and fell approximately 3.5 feet to the ground, injuring one worker.


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