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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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2010


Injury Type : Crush injuries to upper body
Core Activity : Pulp and paper mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2010113820363
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

A worker accessed a pit underneath a paper machine (winder pit) to remove broken paper. The air-activated winder knife assembly (weighing about 2000 pounds) lowered onto the worker. The winder knife assembly was not locked out.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Pulp and paper
Location : BC
ID Number : 2010166970173
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

A hoist operator was positioning a reel of paper over the unwind stand (framework that holds paper reels). As the operator lowered the reel, the hoist brake failed, and the load descended onto the unwind stand. No one was injured.
Injury Type : Concussion, leg injuries
Core Activity : Window installation
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010136970304
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

A worker was installing a window in a residential construction project. Co-workers heard a disturbance and found the worker lying on the ground 25 feet below the window.
Injury Type : Serious eye injury
Core Activity : Plywood or veneer mill
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2011111110001
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

A young worker was injured while performing maintenance on a pneumatic jackhammer that was still connected to the air supply source.
Injury Type : Fracture
Core Activity : Bakery
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010157410303
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

A worker sustained a fracture when he slipped on a wet floor and fell.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Wood pellet manufacture
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010140710685
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

A dust explosion in the wood fibre system caused extensive damage to the exterior cladding of a wood pellet mill.
Injury Type : Multiple fractures
Core Activity : Barge maintenance
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010114550242
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

A worker fell about 9 feet, 8 inches from a barge on a drydock. The worker was in the process of opening hatches on the exterior of the barge.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Veneer manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010111970288
Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

Welders were installing a dust collection system. A stray spark started a fire that was not noticed until after the workers left the site.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Pulp and paper mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2010147050287
Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

While plowing wood waste hog fuel on a hog fuel storage pile, a tractor slid over the edge of the pile and rolled over.
Injury Type : Head injury
Core Activity : Manufacturing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010122700340
Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

A worker fell 12.5 feet from a ladder to a concrete floor.
Injury Type : Leg and groin injuries
Core Activity : Compressed gas delivery
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010104270264
Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

A delivery driver was pulling a top-loaded four-wheeled cart (27 inches by 34 inches by 74 inches high) full of empty compressed gas cylinders off a truck at a loading ramp. Two of the cart wheels hit an obstruction, causing the 1,100-pound cart to fall on and trap the worker.
Injury Type : Bruised hand
Core Activity : Manufacturer of cabinets and cabinet components
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010165890234
Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

A worker's hand was caught in a drilling machine hold-down clamp as the clamp returned to the upright position.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Highway hauling of wood chips
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010152480280
Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

A loaded chip truck crashed on a highway. The driver sustained fatal injuries.
Injury Type : Exposure to ammonia (4 workers)
Core Activity : Concrete manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010166940159
Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

An ammonia release occurred when ice-melting pellets (ammonium sulfate) were distributed on snow-covered walkways and contacted residual cement dust (alkaline). Four workers were treated for exposure to ammonia.
Injury Type : Mild compression injuries of chest, hand contusions
Core Activity : Delivery truck operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010070890085
Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

A delivery truck driver had exited the truck to inspect a parking space. As he turned, he observed that the truck had begun to roll forward into the parking space. The worker attempted to re-enter the cab, but was unable to gain entry before being trapped between the box of the delivery truck and an adjacent truck.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Natural gas production
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010153370306
Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

A small stream of gas was observed coming from the ground in the vicinity of a 4-inch raw natural gas gathering pipeline. The raw gas contained 2.7 percent hydrogen sulfide (H2S). The area was secured, and the pipeline was shut in, de-pressured, and repaired.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Gas plant commissioning
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010154930458
Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

While servicing an air compressor as part of bringing a new gas plant online, a worker may have been exposed to an oxygen-deficient atmosphere in a small compressor building. The air compressor was being serviced at the same time that another worker was performing a nitrogen gas purge and an air system drying operation. First responders on the site dealt with the potentially unsafe atmosphere and rendered first aid. The first worker was unresponsive and could not be revived.
Injury Type : Head injuries, broken bones (non-worker)
Core Activity : Metal recycling
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010110750708
Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

A member of the public started across the intersection in a scooter. The light changed and the scooter stopped directly in front of a truck pulling a trailer (total length 75 feet). The light changed to green and the truck pulled ahead, striking the scooter. The scooter and its occupant were dragged about 150 feet, before trucker stopped because people were shouting and waving at him. The truck driver discovered the scooter and occupant under his front bumper. Measurements revealed the height of the scooter was 1.5 metres and the height of the truck's hood was 2.24 metres.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Natural gas production
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010153370306
Date of Accident : 2010-Nov

A small stream of gas was observed coming from the ground in the vicinity of a 4-inch raw natural gas gathering pipeline. The raw gas contained 2.7 percent hydrogen sulfide (H2S). The area was secured, and the pipeline was shut in, de-pressured, and repaired.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Gas plant commissioning
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010154930458
Date of Accident : 2010-Nov

While servicing an air compressor as part of bringing a new gas plant online, a worker may have been exposed to an oxygen-deficient atmosphere in a small compressor building. The air compressor was being serviced at the same time that another worker was performing a nitrogen gas purge and an air system drying operation. First responders on the site dealt with the potentially unsafe atmosphere and rendered first aid. The first worker was unresponsive and could not be revived.
Injury Type : Injuries to face, back, ribs
Core Activity : Pipeline tie-in
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010165800241
Date of Accident : 2010-Nov

Workers were purging a pipeline through a riser into a tank truck using a rubber pig (device used to clean the inside of a pipeline). The fitting connecting the tank truck to the pipeline separated under pressure and struck a worker in the face. The worker fell backward onto a capped pile.
Injury Type : Fractured finger
Core Activity : Finger-jointed lumber manufacture
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010136900206
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

A young worker lifted a hinged boot guard on the tail spool of a belt conveyor. The worker then used a stick to sweep sawdust out from underneath the tail spool. The worker's sleeve was caught by the belt and his hand and the stick were pinched between the belt and the floor.
Injury Type : Serious hand injuries
Core Activity : Shake and shingle mill
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010157600254
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

A shingle sawyer was running a "checked" (cracked in the vertical plane) cedar block through the circular shingle saw. Due to the check in the block, two pieces of shingle - one narrower than the other - were created with each cut of the shingle saw. The worker then attempted to trim a 4- to 5-inch-wide shingle, gripped in his hand, on the adjacent circular clipper saw. The worker's hand contacted the running clipper saw.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Oil well servicing
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010158820209
Date of Accident : 2010-Oct

A service rig (a hoisting unit used to service existing oil or gas wells) was servicing an existing well when a brake failure on the main draw works drum caused the crown (pulley assembly) to free fall. No workers were injured in this incident but it had high potential for serious injuries to workers employed on the rig.
Injury Type : Exposure to mercury (39 workers)
Core Activity : Vessel repair and maintenance
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010111970267
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

For five days, 39 workers worked on a process vessel and ancillary equipment for removal of mercury in zinc-feed process material. Thirteen of the workers were subsequently found to have elevated levels of mercury in their blood.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Concrete delivery
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010160530262
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

A concrete mix truck failed to negotiate a right-hand corner. The vehicle flipped over and come to rest off the shoulder of the highway. The driver died of his injuries.
Injury Type : Severe puncture wound to arm
Core Activity : Framing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010156580385
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

A young worker shot himself in the arm with a nail gun. The 3-inch nail penetrated completely through the arm.
Injury Type : Neck pain
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010157440260
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

A young worker was pushing a bandsaw cart on an elevated walkway when the cart struck a clipboard lying on the walkway, dislodging a bandsaw guide (7.5 pounds). The bandsaw guide fell 5 feet and struck the head of a young worker whose workstation was directly below the walkway. The young worker was wearing a hard hat.
Injury Type : Broken arm, soft-tissue injury to leg (1 worker); sore neck and back (1 worker)
Core Activity : Re-paving of highway
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010155980285
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

Two gravel trucks collided head-on at a corner in a traffic control zone on a highway.
Injury Type : Amputated fingertips
Core Activity : Plastic bag manufacturing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010155980299
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

A new worker was packing new plastic bags into boxes for a sealer bag machine. When the bags jammed, the worker reached into the machine to remove the jam. The machine's cutting blade contacted the worker's hand.
Injury Type : Multiple fractures, collapsed lung
Core Activity : Installing metal grating
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010165410308
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

Two workers were installing metal grating on top of a ventilation shaft. One of the workers lost his balance and fell 19.6 feet.
Injury Type : Bruising, soreness
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010111110457
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

A worker was conducting wood bundle shipping checks when he was struck and partially run over by a 30-ton forklift.
Injury Type : Amputation of fingertip
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010156580345
Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

A worker removed a guard to make adjustments to a belt drive. The stored energy in the system advanced the belt assembly and caught the worker's hand in the pulley system.
Injury Type : Severely lacerated arm
Core Activity : Glass cutting
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010112850294
Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

A worker was picking up a piece of untempered glass he had just cut to size from the cutting trim table when it broke in half. The upper half of the glass sheet slid down the lower half and contacted the worker's arm.
Injury Type : Amputated finger, crush injuries to hand
Core Activity : Oil or gas well construction
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010154930351
Date of Accident : 2010-Sep

Workers were handling coiled tubing (a continuous string of flexible steel tubing) as part of well construction operations when a segment of the coiled tubing slipped and struck a young worker's hand.
Injury Type : Minor burn
Core Activity : Oil and gas drilling operations
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010165800184
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

Workers on a drilling rig were removing the drill string from the well to replace the mud motor (hydraulic downhole device that turns the drill bit while drilling horizontally). A snubbing unit (attachment used to move drill pipe or tools into or out of a well while under pressure) was being used. The drill bit was being drawn into the BOP stack (series of blowout prevention valves attached to the well, used to control well pressure while drilling) when a sudden volume of sweet natural gas (natural gas not containing hydrogen sulfide) escaped from the annulus. The gas cloud ignited within seconds. Workers initiated emergency procedures to shut in the well, but the drilling rig was destroyed in the fire. One worker was injured.
Injury Type : Electric shock
Core Activity : Concrete product manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010166520297
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

As a worker was re-setting a breaker, he received a shock from the energized electrical panel.
Injury Type : Open wounds of fingers
Core Activity : Foundry work
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010165880389
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A young worker operating a load conveyor tried to clear debris from an area behind the hopper. One hand was caught in the power transmission parts of the machine.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Dewatering of logs from lake
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010160850272
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A log haul truck and trailer was backing into the log-loading area at a lake when the trailer was backed over the unguarded edge of a 15-foot-high seawall. The log-hauling trailer fell into the log sorting area of the lake, pulling the tractor unit in with it.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Lime manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010128230339
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A rubber-tired loader rolled onto its side when the roadway up a stock pile sloughed out.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Ship repair
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010118870576
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

As a crane lowered a job box to the shop floor, it inadvertently struck a scaffolding system, causing the load to drop about 25 feet.
Injury Type : SO2 exposure causing headache, sore throat (4 workers)
Core Activity : Pulp and paper mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2010116080018
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A sulfur dioxide (SO2) leak occurred during railcar unloading. As the site was being evacuated, 11 workers reported exposure to SO2 but only 4 required treatment with oxygen.
Injury Type : Small puncture wound to leg
Core Activity : Sheet metal forming
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010158750154
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A worker was operating a nail gun to assemble shipping crates. As he pulled on the air line to untangle it, the nail gun tip brushed his leg and ejected a 3-inch nail.
Injury Type : Lacerations, undetermined musculoskeletal injuries
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010147280187
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

Three workers were changing blades on a vertical bandmill resaw. One of the workers was lowering the saw cradle through an opening in the floor above the resaw. He fell through the opening and landed on the saw frame about 14.5 feet below, then fell another 9 feet to the conveyor chuting below the frame, and finally fell another 3.5 feet to a running box-link waste conveyor. He travelled about 20 feet on the conveyor before it was stopped by another worker.
Injury Type : Amputated fingertips
Core Activity : Food production
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010128220110
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A worker reached into a forming machine during setup and inadvertently activated the start control.
Injury Type : Exposure to asbestos (undetermined number of workers)
Core Activity : Vessel refit
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010118870554
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

During a vessel refit, workers removing shipboard valves were exposed to asbestos gasket material.
Injury Type : Minor burn
Core Activity : Oil and gas drilling operations
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010165800184
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

Workers on a drilling rig were removing the drill string from the well to replace the mud motor (hydraulic downhole device that turns the drill bit while drilling horizontally). A snubbing unit (attachment used to move drill pipe or tools into or out of a well while under pressure) was being used. The drill bit was being drawn into the BOP stack (series of blowout prevention valves attached to the well, used to control well pressure while drilling) when a sudden volume of sweet natural gas (natural gas not containing hydrogen sulfide) escaped from the annulus. The gas cloud ignited within seconds. Workers initiated emergency procedures to shut in the well, but the drilling rig was destroyed in the fire. One worker was injured.
Injury Type : Minor burn
Core Activity : Oil and gas drilling operations
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010165800184
Date of Accident : 2010-Aug

Workers on a drilling rig were removing the drill string from the well to replace the mud motor (hydraulic downhole device that turns the drill bit while drilling horizontally). A snubbing unit (attachment used to move drill pipe or tools into or out of a well while under pressure) was being used. The drill bit was being drawn into the BOP stack (series of blowout prevention valves attached to the well, used to control well pressure while drilling) when a sudden volume of sweet natural gas (natural gas not containing hydrogen sulfide) escaped from the annulus. The gas cloud ignited within seconds. Workers initiated emergency procedures to shut in the well, but the drilling rig was destroyed in the fire. One worker was injured.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Testing of well frac equipment
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010154930319
Date of Accident : 2010-Jul

A high-pressure oil and gas well pump was being tested up to 10,043 psi when an end cap failed and was violently discharged across the work area. Red and green testing safety zones succeeded in preventing workers from being in the dangerous areas and there were no injuries.
Injury Type : Minor injuries (1 worker)
Core Activity : Brewery
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010161970148
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A 32,000-litre fermentation tank containing about 29,000 litres of beer ruptured under pressure.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Saw change
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010156240209
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A 1-tonne powered hoist was being used to raise two band saw blades from the mill floor to the upstairs filing room when the hoist cable broke. One saw blade fell to the machine below and the hoist cradle (below the hook lifting device) struck the guardrail around the floor opening. The falling saw blade narrowly missed two workers on the lower level.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010140710393
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

Three millwrights applied lockout to a log canter, then left the area. Some time later, two electricians needed to energize one of the canter feed-roll motors to perform a diagnostic function. Rather than contacting the millwrights and having the lockout removed, the electricians electrically bypassed the locked-out disconnect and energized the motor.
Injury Type : Crush injury to chest
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010147280161
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A worker was working in the outfeed area downstream of an end stacker. The worker became caught between two loads of lumber on a package outfeed transfer.
Injury Type : Amputated fingertips
Core Activity : Metal recycling
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010116120176
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A young worker operating an alligator shear bent over to pick up a piece of material. For stability, he placed one hand in the point of operation. The worker's foot was still on the switch of the shrouded foot control and the shear inadvertently actuated.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010112850205
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A fire started in the hog fuel pile and quickly spread to the log storage yard due to strong winds.
Injury Type : Burns
Core Activity : Marine pleasure craft manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010093690230
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A worker was using a heat gun near the fuel system and bilge area of a vessel when an explosion and fire occurred.
Injury Type : Electrical burns
Core Activity : Pulp and paper mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2010147050228
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A worker was cleaning up in a two-sided precipitator. The worker entered the side of the precipitator that was not locked out and sustained an electric shock.
Injury Type : Injuries to hand, exposure to asbestos (2 workers); exposure to asbestos (up to 40 workers)
Core Activity : Pulp mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2010162590147
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

As workers were removing transite siding from the outside wall of a pulp dryer, the wall collapsed. Two workers were injured and the transite was damaged, releasing asbestos fibres that potentially exposed up to 40 other workers.
Injury Type : Crush injuries to lower body
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010156240211
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A worker was changing saws on a twin band log canter. The worker completed the placing and tightening of the saws and removed the lockout locks (thereby energizing the equipment) in order to set the machine in the "run" position. The saws failed to move into the set position. The worker entered the energized equipment to clean a photoelectric device. When the photocell was cleared, the equipment cycled automatically, crushing the worker in a 7-inch opening in the frame.
Injury Type : Fractured facial bones
Core Activity : Vinyl window manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010144660216
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A worker was repairing wiring at the top of a truck-mounted A-frame rack. The worker slipped on the racking and fell, landing on the back of the truck.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Poultry processing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010111770122
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

On a weekend, two maintenance workers replaced the solenoid valves on two evaporators in a "chiller room" (which houses ammonia refrigeration equipment) of a poultry processing plant. As the workers left the room, a highly corroded carbon steel bushing (threaded reducer) ruptured in the hot ammonia gas line strainer assembly for one of the other evaporators, causing a major ammonia gas leak. The two workers, and five other maintenance workers who were on shift, evacuated the building and called emergency services. The fire department, police, and ambulance service responded. An emergency hazardous materials response provider assisted the refrigeration contractor to isolate the leaking ammonia refrigeration system, change out the corroded bushing, and purge the processing plant of ammonia gas. The ammonia leak was not fully isolated until more than 12 hours after it began. No workers required treatment for exposure to ammonia but there was a risk of serious injury or death.
Injury Type : Fractured ankle
Core Activity : Clothing manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010070890063
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

Three workers were loading a blotting paper roll (weighing about 185 pounds) into position at the infeed end of the calender heat press fabric printer using a material lift with the platform accessory over the forks. The first worker operated the manual crank of the lift while each of the other two workers stood at one end of the roll to guide the spindle ends into position in the receivers. The blotter rolled forward and dropped 6 feet to the floor, grazing the second worker and striking the third worker.
Injury Type : Minor injuries (1 worker)
Core Activity : Brewery
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010161970148
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A 32,000-litre fermentation tank containing about 29,000 litres of beer ruptured under pressure.
Injury Type : Crush injury to chest
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010147280161
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A worker was working in the outfeed area downstream of an end stacker. The worker became caught between two loads of lumber on a package outfeed transfer.
Injury Type : Crush injuries to hand
Core Activity : Pulp and paper mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2010116270166
Date of Incident : 2010-Jun

A worker was uncrossing reel ropes on a paper machine when his hand became caught in a nip point between a sheave and the reel.
Injury Type : Smoke inhalation (19 workers)
Core Activity : Pulp and paper mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2010116270152
Date of Incident : 2010-Jun

A fire occurred between the 1st and 2nd calendar stacks of a #10 paper machine. The fire was put out by mill workers, of whom 19 reported symptoms of smoke inhalation.
Injury Type : Burns
Core Activity : Plywood press operation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010166950186
Date of Incident : 2010-Jun

A worker was walking from a plywood press to the control panel when a hot oil hose failed, spraying 350-degree oil onto the worker and the floor. The worker slipped on the oil and fell. Hot oil continued to spray onto the worker.
Injury Type : Lacerated hand
Core Activity : Metal roll forming
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010157530206
Date of Incident : 2010-Jun

A worker removed the guard on an aluminum gutter roll former and reached in to remove some tape. When the tape was removed, the stored energy released the aluminum material.
Injury Type : Partial amputation of fingers
Core Activity : Wood products manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010156730291
Date of Incident : 2010-Jun

A worker was trimming a 2x2 piece of cedar on a trim saw. As the worker adjusted the piece of wood, it caught his cloth glove and his hand was pulled into the guarded saw.
Injury Type : Burns to hand
Core Activity : Building portable electrical enclosures
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010093690205
Date of Incident : 2010-Jun

A worker was tracing wires behind a motor control centre during pre-operational testing of an electrical house. The worker reached up behind a motor starter contactor and contacted a live 480-volt bus bar.
Injury Type : Head laceration
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010131490234
Date of Incident : 2010-Jun

A loader stopped abruptly when its forks struck a set of railway tracks. The operator lurched forward in the seat and struck the windshield.
Injury Type : Crush injuries to hand
Core Activity : Pulp and paper mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2010116270166
Date of Incident : 2010-Jun

A worker was uncrossing reel ropes on a paper machine when his hand became caught in a nip point between a sheave and the reel.
Injury Type : Smoke inhalation (19 workers)
Core Activity : Pulp and paper mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2010116270152
Date of Incident : 2010-Jun

A fire occurred between the 1st and 2nd calendar stacks of a #10 paper machine. The fire was put out by mill workers, of whom 19 reported symptoms of smoke inhalation.
Injury Type : Burns
Core Activity : Plywood press operation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010166950186
Date of Incident : 2010-Jun

A worker was walking from a plywood press to the control panel when a hot oil hose failed, spraying 350-degree oil onto the worker and the floor. The worker slipped on the oil and fell. Hot oil continued to spray onto the worker.
Injury Type : Lacerated hand
Core Activity : Metal roll forming
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010157530206
Date of Incident : 2010-Jun

A worker removed the guard on an aluminum gutter roll former and reached in to remove some tape. When the tape was removed, the stored energy released the aluminum material.
Injury Type : Partial amputation of fingers
Core Activity : Wood products manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010156730291
Date of Incident : 2010-Jun

A worker was trimming a 2x2 piece of cedar on a trim saw. As the worker adjusted the piece of wood, it caught his cloth glove and his hand was pulled into the guarded saw.
Injury Type : Burns to hand
Core Activity : Building portable electrical enclosures
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010093690205
Date of Incident : 2010-Jun

A worker was tracing wires behind a motor control centre during pre-operational testing of an electrical house. The worker reached up behind a motor starter contactor and contacted a live 480-volt bus bar.
Injury Type : Exposure to hydrogen sulfide gas (4 workers)
Core Activity : Oil and gas production
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010165800147
Date of Incident : 2010-Jun

During the process of cleaning a 400-barrel production tank (used for storage of produced water and hydrocarbon emulsions) on a small gas production site, fluids in the tank were agitated by a vacuum truck resulting in a release of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) from the fluids. Four workers were exposed to the H2S, with one worker being knocked down.
Injury Type : Crush injuries to leg
Core Activity : Pulp and paper mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2010163790077
Date of Incident : 2010-Jun

An overhead crane removed the head box cover (a 3/4-inch-thick plate of stainless steel, measuring 53 by 134 inches and weighing about 2,000 pounds) off the twin wire containment vessel (a vessel to hold pulp and paper solution). The crane was holding the head box cover in place while a worker removed silicone buildup from the back of the plate when an eyebolt supporting the lid broke. The plate fell onto the worker.
Injury Type : Undetermined
Core Activity : Repairing bars on top of concrete hopper
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010163730146
Date of Incident : 2010-Jun

Two workers were replacing grizzly bars (a support structure that trucks drive onto to unload sand and gravel) on the top of a concrete hopper containing sand. One of the workers crossed the top of the hopper to retrieve a cutting torch when the machine was activated, drawing the worker into the silo and burying him up to his shoulders. The worker was extricated by fire and rescue personnel.
Injury Type : Exposure to hydrogen sulfide gas (4 workers)
Core Activity : Oil and gas production
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010124490071
Date of Accident : 2010-Jun

During the process of cleaning a 400-barrel production tank (used for storage of produced water and hydrocarbon emulsions) on a small gas production site, fluids in the tank were agitated by a vacuum truck resulting in a release of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) from the fluids. Four workers were exposed to the H2S, with one worker being knocked down.
Injury Type : Crush injuries to fingers
Core Activity : Pulp mill equipment repair
Location : BC
ID Number : 2010146890088
Date of Incident : 2010-May

During the removal of an inflatable pipe pig (bladder) from an effluent pipe, a worker was positioned on land holding a tag line run through a lifting ring on a concrete block to the pig. When the pig was deflated, it was drawn up the pipe with the line pulling the worker's hand into the lifting ring.
Injury Type : Blunt force trauma, minor chemical burns (1 worker); minor chemical burns (1 worker)
Core Activity : Chemical plant
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010134520046
Date of Incident : 2010-May

As a worker disconnected a chemical transfer hose, hydrochloric acid in the hose sprayed him and a co-worker standing nearby.
Injury Type : Broken finger, sore hand
Core Activity : Bakery
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010157560187
Date of Incident : 2010-May

Following a previous incident, a worker was attempting to show other workers that it would have been impossible for a worker's fingers to get near the moving rollers of the sheeter without tripping the safety bar located 6 inches from the rollers. When the worker replicated what the worker had done in the previous incident, this worker's hand was also drawn into the in-running nip points of the sheeter. (A sheeter is a machine used to spread dough. It has a small conveyor feeding a pair of press rollers, similar to an old-fashioned wringer washer.)
Injury Type : Sore hand
Core Activity : Bakery
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010157560186
Date of Incident : 2010-May

A worker's hand was drawn into the in-running nip points of the sheeter in a bakery. (A sheeter is a machine used to spread dough. It has a small conveyor feeding a pair of press rollers, similar to an old-fashioned wringer washer.)
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010155980155
Date of Incident : 2010-May

A forklift was moving loads of manufactured wood when the two bottom anchor points on a forklift's mast failed. When the operator reversed the forklift, momentum caused the mast to strike the cab. The mast punctured the front window and the hydraulic cylinder dented the top of the cab.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010155980155
Date of Incident : 2010-May

A forklift was moving loads of manufactured wood when the two bottom anchor points on a forklift's mast failed. When the operator reversed the forklift, momentum caused the mast to strike the cab. The mast punctured the front window and the hydraulic cylinder dented the top of the cab.
Injury Type : Eye injury
Core Activity : Pulp and paper mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2010147050154
Date of Incident : 2010-May

The operator of a power washer lost control of the nozzle. The nozzle struck the worker's face, possibly causing his wrap-around eye protection to contact his eye.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Veneer plant
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010112850150
Date of Incident : 2010-May

As a log stacker travelled through the paved yard of a veneer plant, it struck a wooden utility pole, severing it at the base. A chain reaction resulted in a second utility pole being snapped off about 5 metres up the pole and a 25-kV overhead power line being severed. The power line, which was de-energized at the time, fell across the engine cowling of the stacker.
Injury Type : Bruising to abdomen
Core Activity : Wood processing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010165890109
Date of Incident : 2010-May

The operator of an end-stacker wanted to advance the loads so they could be removed by a forklift, but he inadvertently hit the reverse button. A worker who had entered the planer end-stacker outfeed chain area was pinned between two loads.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010158820106
Date of Incident : 2010-May

A 225-ton mobile crane was working near a 25-kV overhead power line when an arc flashed to the whip line (auxiliary load line).
Injury Type : Amputated finger
Core Activity : Machine shop
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010158750105
Date of Incident : 2010-May

A worker was performing a boring operation on a casting using a turret milling machine. The worker's gloved finger caught on the tip of the drill bit.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Marine vessel repair
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010114550105
Date of Incident : 2010-May

A 40-ton crane tipped onto the cab side while offloading a forklift, stowed in an open container, from a barge.
Injury Type : Fractured leg, foot, arm
Core Activity : Metal product manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010161480190
Date of Incident : 2010-May

A worker was guiding a lift truck as it placed a large wire coil (5.5 feet in diameter and weighing about 1,450 pounds). As the lift truck lowered it, the wire coil contacted the ground and slipped forward towards the worker. The wire coil fell onto the worker's leg, causing him to fall to the ground and break his arm.
Injury Type : Back and chest injuries
Core Activity : Concrete product manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010113830101
Date of Incident : 2010-May

A young worker was cleaning the production light beam and reflector of a hydraulic press when the press cycled, pinning the worker between the press and the conveyor. The press was in automatic mode and not locked out.
Injury Type : Crush injuries to hand
Core Activity : Cardboard or paper container manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010128230191
Date of Incident : 2010-May

A worker's hand was drawn into the infeed rollers of a cardboard-cutting machine.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Pulp and paper mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2010157570078
Date of Incident : 2010-Apr

While a 3,200-kilogram hoist was under load of a paper coil weighing about 3,400 pounds, the tackle block failed. The failure caused the coil to drop at an extremely rapid rate. The rigging included a 3-ton spreader bar/lifting hook assembly, which was under-hung from a 6-ton overhead travelling bridge crane.
Injury Type : Crush injuries to fingers
Core Activity : Pulp mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2010147050127
Date of Incident : 2010-Apr

A worker was feeding the end of a sheet of pulp into a mechanical roll when his fingers were caught in the nip point.
Injury Type : Bruised neck
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010140710217
Date of Incident : 2010-Apr

A worker was walking through a mill when he saw a jam-up on a wood chip conveyor belt. As he was clearing the jam-up on the running belt with a pike pole, the tip of the pole was caught by the belt and rapidly advanced toward the worker. The other end of the pike pole became jammed under an overhead catwalk, pinning the worker against a nearby structure with the pole across his neck. The conveyor motor tripped out but the worker was unable to free himself. He was pinned in this position for about 15 minutes, until he was able to use his cell phone to contact a family member who then contacted the mill.
Injury Type : Crushed finger
Core Activity : Wire product manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010064400006
Date of Incident : 2010-Apr

As a worker adjusted the tensioning rollers on the galvanizing wire line, one hand was caught in the unguarded in-running nip point between the wire feed and the rotating pulley.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Wood pellet manufacture
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010140710190
Date of Incident : 2010-Apr

A log forwarder was travelling through the yard with a load of logs when its elevated boom caught an overhead communications line, shearing off the pole and breaking the neutral circuit for a 14.4-kV power line.
Injury Type : Fractured arm, facial injuries
Core Activity : Cement manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010154890104
Date of Incident : 2010-Apr

A worker was standing on an extension ladder clearing debris from a hole in a wall. The worker fell about 11 feet to the ground.
Injury Type : Amputation of fingers
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010034450172
Date of Incident : 2010-Apr

A worker was cleaning an area around an operating board notcher. The worker placed his hand on top of the horizontal drive pulley.
Injury Type : Scraped back
Core Activity : Heavy equipment, machinery, or parts manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010160850166
Date of Incident : 2010-Apr

A worker was preparing to weld a cross brace between two support beams. The cross brace slipped off the adjustable stands supporting it and struck the worker in the back.
Injury Type : Crushed fingers
Core Activity : Punch press operation
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010120030164
Date of Incident : 2010-Apr

A worker was clearing parts from a punch press when he inadvertently activated the press with a foot pedal.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Heavy equipment, machinery, or parts installation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010163050094
Date of Incident : 2010-Apr

A 200-pound beam was fastened to the top rack of a welding truck. When the driver had to stop suddenly, the beam was launched off the rack and onto the roof of another vehicle.
Injury Type : Nausea, dizziness (3 workers)
Core Activity : Structural metal product fabrication
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010093690118
Date of Incident : 2010-Apr

Three workers reported feeling dizzy and nauseous while cutting and moving large sheets of mild steel that were coated with a light grey powder.
Injury Type : Facial fractures, broken arm
Core Activity : Oil or gas production
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010165800099
Date of Incident : 2010-Apr

As an excavator was being positioned for the installation of a screw-type pile anchor, the suspended screw pile struck a worker. The worker was knocked about 2.5 metres, and landed head-first in a muddy excavation.
Injury Type : Multiple fractures of hand
Core Activity : Wood products manufacturing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010129161013
Date of Incident : 2010-Apr

A worker was straightening boards on the re-saw infeed deck. A second overhead deck also feeds the re-saw infeed. As the worker reached in to straighten a board, the gate that controls the flow from the overhead deck came down, striking the worker and crushing his hand between the gate and the lumber.
Injury Type : Lacerated chest
Core Activity : Truck repair and manufacture
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010147050155
Date of Incident : 2010-Mar

The operator of an abrasive blaster lost control of the hose and nozzle while blasting a steel trailer with silica sand. The abrasive blast medium lacerated the worker's chest.
Injury Type : Fractured shoulder
Core Activity : Wood products manufacturing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010131490121
Date of Incident : 2010-Mar

A worker entered an area to perform maintenance work at the drive end of a conveyor chain. The worker became caught between a conveyor trough and the frame assembly for the infeed log turners, which activated when he entered.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010143950088
Date of Incident : 2010-Mar

A log stacker was being moved when its mast contacted an overhead guyline. The guyline was attached to a light pole and extended across the road to support a 12.5-kV utility pole. The light pole was damaged and three power lines broke off the utility pole.
Injury Type : Lacerated finger
Core Activity : Wood products manufacture
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010131490122
Date of Incident : 2010-Mar

A worker was attempting to clear wood debris from the trimsaw dust collection system when his finger contacted the energized trimsaw.
Injury Type : Undetermined (non-worker)
Core Activity : Concrete truck operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010154900024
Date of Incident : 2010-Mar

A ready-mix truck turning on a public roadway struck a cyclist (non-worker).
Injury Type : Sore neck, stiff shoulders
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010111110151
Date of Incident : 2010-Mar

A worker was test driving a lumber bundle carrier in the lumber storage yard. He sustained minor injuries when the carrier collided with an unloaded 30-ton forklift.
Injury Type : Fractured and lacerated ankle
Core Activity : Planing mill
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010156580089
Date of Incident : 2010-Mar

A worker accessed the infeed rollcase to tag a load of lumber. Unable to see the worker, the packager operator engaged the rollcase and the partial load of lumber advanced on top of the worker. The worker's foot got caught in the roller and the floor grating, causing him to fall over. The load had moved up to the worker's thigh before co-workers could shut down the rollcase.
Injury Type : Laceration to head
Core Activity : Vinyl window manufacturing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010117670345
Date of Incident : 2010-Mar

An overhead material handling system failed and fell onto a worker. The worker was struck on the back of the head and held by one of the material hooks on the rack for several minutes.
Injury Type : Amputated fingertips
Core Activity : Door and window manufacturing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010157410076
Date of Incident : 2010-Mar

A worker's hand passed under the guard of a table saw.
Injury Type : Amputated fingertip
Core Activity : Servicing conveyor
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010120030089
Date of Incident : 2010-Mar

A worker was servicing a wall panel assembly line conveyor system. The worker's hand got caught between a wall panel and the stop pin on the conveyor system.
Injury Type : Facial injuries; bruising to head, neck, and back
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010166960038
Date of Incident : 2010-Mar

A worker was working beneath a partially enclosed elevated deck. A second worker was working on top of the elevated deck. The second worker tossed a 2-inch-diameter steel head shaft assembly to the ground (about 10 feet below). The shaft assembly, which weighed 37 kilograms, struck the worker beneath the deck.
Injury Type : Crush injury to arm
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010129160986
Date of Incident : 2010-Mar

Two workers were performing maintenance work on a headrig's carriage bunk. One of these workers had placed his arm inside the bunk. When the air-powered mechanisms cycled, the worker's arm was caught in the mechanism that moves the dogs (sharp teeth that hold the logs on the carriage).
Injury Type : Severe crush injuries to hand
Core Activity : Metal products manufacturing
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010117640174
Date of Incident : 2010-Mar

An oversized wooden pallet was being transported on a forklift without fork extensions. A worker was standing on the pallet, next to the mast, acting as a counterweight during the transport. The worker was holding onto the mast to steady himself. When the forks of the forklift were raised, the worker's hand was caught between the boom and the mast.
Injury Type : Soft-tissue injury to leg
Core Activity : Oil or gas production
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010144250055
Date of Incident : 2010-Mar

A worker was walking on rig matting on a drilling rig location. As he stepped off the matting, he tripped and twisted his leg.
Injury Type : Amputated fingers
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010161750053
Date of Incident : 2010-Mar

A young worker was clearing an obstruction in the trim saw when his hand contacted the blade.
Injury Type : Facial laceration
Core Activity : Tool and die making
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010156680043
Date of Incident : 2010-Mar

A worker was machining a plastic cylinder on a lathe. The cylinder was 9 inches in diameter and 7 inches long. The work piece disengaged from the lathe's chuck, flew off, and struck the worker.
Injury Type : Crush injury to leg
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010034450058
Date of Incident : 2010-Mar

A worker stepped over a guard/barrier to clear a jammed board in the finger jointer outfeed. The outfeed stacker forks were left operating. The forks cycled, crushing the worker's leg against the stacker frame.
Injury Type : Bruised upper body
Core Activity : Window installation
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010161290147
Date of Incident : 2010-Feb

A worker was on a scaffold, applying primer and membrane prior to a window installation. A plank underfoot shifted and slipped off its support. The worker fell from one scaffold level to the one below. The plank had not been secured. It extended past the bearer by only 4 inches.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010163050055
Date of Incident : 2010-Feb

A forklift operator pushed a kiln charge (dimensional lumber about 16 feet high by 8 feet wide by 96 feet long) through a partially open kiln door, causing the door-closing mechanism and the door (20 feet high by 10 feet wide by 3 inches thick, weighing about 500 pounds) to fall to the ground. The falling mechanism and door narrowly missed the kiln operator.
Injury Type : Amputated fingertip
Core Activity : Cabinet manufacturing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010157520049
Date of Incident : 2010-Feb

A worker was using a hand-held router which was fitted with a clamp-on fence guide. The guide slipped and jammed against the router blade, causing the router to stop. The worker unplugged the wrong cord, then attempted to move the jammed guide by hand. As the worker removed the jammed guide, the router blade re-energized and contacted the worker's finger.
Injury Type : Broken arm
Core Activity : Wood component manufacturing
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010157440077
Date of Incident : 2010-Feb

A young worker was cleaning around the tail drum of a wood chip conveyor when his arm was pulled into the tail drum. The worker was caught in the conveyor for more than an hour before being found by co-workers.
Injury Type : Internal injuries
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010156580044
Date of Incident : 2010-Feb

A worker was freeing a jammed length of sawn timber (14x19x106 inches). When timbers on the transfer chain suddenly moved forward, the worker was caught between 11 timbers and the superstructure frame of the timber deck.
Injury Type : Crush injury to foot
Core Activity : Pulp and paper mill
Location : BC
ID Number : 2010140970103
Date of Incident : 2010-Feb

A young worker was working at the roll wrapping station at the outfeed end of the paper machine. The roll is wrapped with kraft paper and crimped, then the ends of the roll are covered with paper caps to protect the roll during shipping. As the heated end-press header was closing to seal the caps in place, a paper cap came loose. The operator tried to prevent the cap from falling out by placing his foot against it.
Injury Type : Fractured pelvis
Core Activity : Removing snow from roof
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010140970101
Date of Incident : 2010-Feb

A worker got onto a low-slope metal roof (7 feet high) to shovel snow off. The worker fell from the roof and landed on his feet.
Injury Type : Severe finger injury
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010034450047
Date of Incident : 2010-Feb

Two workers removed a 150-pound access gate to repair a scanner chain link. After completing the repair, the workers began to reinstall the access gate. One worker's hand was caught between the access gate and the conveyor side skirt.
Injury Type : Laceration and partial amputation of fingers
Core Activity : Woodworking shop
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010161480095
Date of Incident : 2010-Feb

A worker was sliding a piece of wood through a shaper to cut grooves in the wood. The wood jammed, and the worker's hand slipped off the wood and contacted the moving shaper blade.
Injury Type : Lacerated finger
Core Activity : Woodworking
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010147280047
Date of Incident : 2010-Feb

A worker was operating a table saw equipped with a power feeder. The worker hand fed a piece of wood into the saw blade without putting the power feeder in position over the saw blade. The worker's finger contacted the blade.
See a slide show about safeguarding for woodworking equipment:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/publications/multimedia/slideshows.asp?ReportID=34503
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Dairy product manufacture
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010161480072
Date of Incident : 2010-Feb

A 20-pound piece of concrete fell from a concrete ceiling, narrowly missing a worker. The structural rebar in the concrete appeared to be rusting out.
Injury Type : Concussion
Core Activity : Welding
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010154850011
Date of Incident : 2010-Feb

A young worker was welding on the transom of an 18-foot aluminum boat. The boat's gas tank was located under the deck. When the worker made two welds on the transom, there was an explosion. The worker was thrown back about 10 to 15 feet. The deck of the boat exploded upwards and hit the 25-foot-high ceiling.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Ship refit yard
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010093690045
Date of Incident : 2010-Feb

The no. 2 engine (port/inboard) of a marine vessel was running at normal operating speed (500 rpm) during post-maintenance trials. A catastrophic oil pump failure and crankcase explosion occurred. Engine explosion panels released and dissipated the resulting shockwave. No workers were in the immediate vicinity at the time of the explosion.
Injury Type : Laceration and puncture injuries to fingers
Core Activity : Meat cutting and packing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010145570021
Date of Incident : 2010-Feb

A worker's hand contacted the energized blades of a meat tenderizer. The interlocked safety cover was not functioning and the worker's gloved hand was drawn into the counter-rotating blades.
See a slide show about a similar incident:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/SlideShows.asp?ReportID=35794
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010157440042
Date of Incident : 2010-Jan

During maintenance, the hydraulic boom of a 50-ton crane was extended and then turned to the right. The crane's outriggers were not extended and the weight of the boom caused the crane to tip onto its side.
Injury Type : Broken facial bones
Core Activity : Sawmill
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010129160938
Date of Incident : 2010-Jan

Two workers were removing a conveyor that was secured by a chain hoist. When the conveyor broke loose, one end rose suddenly and struck one of the workers.
Injury Type : Burned foot
Core Activity : Metal refining
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010111970003
Date of Incident : 2010-Jan

A worker stepped into a molten metal launder (trough). Molten metal spilled into the worker's boot.
Injury Type : Lacerated arm
Core Activity : Recycling services
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010129160956
Date of Incident : 2010-Jan

A worker was attempting to adjust a conveyor that was not locked out. The worker's coverall sleeve became caught in the conveyor belt, which pulled his arm into contact with the tail pulley of the conveyor.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Installing power-generating turbine
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010160850078
Date of Incident : 2010-Jan

A section of channel steel beam fell about 8 feet to grade upon removal of two C-clamps that were holding the beam in place. The worker involved was not familiar with the disassembly procedures for the equipment being dismantled and assumed the steel channel beam was tack welded in place.


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