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YW Accidents

2010 Incidents Involving Young Workers

Injury Type : Electrical burns
Core Activity : Municipal wastewater treatment plant
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010109150518
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

A young worker was troubleshooting a low-voltage (24-volt DC) electrical soft-start control/communication system inside an energized electrical panel. The worker inadvertently contacted a live 600-volt bus with a small precision-type screwdriver, resulting in an electrical arc flash.
Injury Type : Fractures (2 workers)
Core Activity : Rock scaling
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2011137103139
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

Two rock scalers (one a young worker) were seriously injured when their primary and secondary anchor points failed and the workers fell about 6 metres.
Injury Type : Abrasions, soft-tissue injuries
Core Activity : Log hauling
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2011160530003
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

The wheels of a logging truck's trailer slid off the side of a forest resource road, causing the trailer and truck to roll over an embankment. The driver, a young worker, sustained minor injuries.
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 : Penetrating wound of leg
Core Activity : Log processing
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010143950323
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

A log process operator was processing logs on a landing. A broken chain link shot through the polycarbonate safety glass window of the processor cab and struck the operator's leg.
Injury Type : Puncture wound to finger
Core Activity : Commercial building construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010131490450
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

A young worker was operating a nailgun at a construction site when a nail from the gun penetrated his finger.
Injury Type : Ranging from burns to face and hands to leg injuries (6 workers, including 2 young workers)
Core Activity : Motion picture production
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010163410108
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

A propane supply company worker was filling a 20-pound cylinder outdoors, near a holding tent for background performers (movie extras). During filling, the filler adaptor on the supply hose suddenly disconnected from the cylinder. Propane was released for an estimated 3 to 5 seconds before the worker was able to turn off the gas. The released gas moved downwind 20 to 25 feet, where an undetermined ignition source caused a flash explosion. Six workers (including 2 young workers) who were in the holding tent and a food tent near the ignition source suffered injuries.
Injury Type : Contusions to hands
Core Activity : Soil testing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010155010170
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

A platform loaded with a 50-kilogram weight on a soil testing apparatus fell onto a young worker's hands.
Injury Type : Minor head injuries
Core Activity : Forklift operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010163730266
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

A young worker fell out of a forklift and struck his head on the concrete floor.
Injury Type : Head and shoulder injuries
Core Activity : Gas station and convenience store
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010120030413
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

A young worker fell from a stepladder while stocking shelves with merchandise.
Injury Type : Injury to head, fractures
Core Activity : Log processing
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010147050290
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

While operating an edger saw, a young worker was struck and injured by a piece of wood ejected from the edger. The worker fell, struck his head, and lost consciousness.
See a slide show about a worker who was fatally injured when a saw kicked back and a piece of wood was ejected:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/SlideShows.asp?reportid=35934
Injury Type : Back pain and strain
Core Activity : Residential framing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010113830267
Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

A young worker stepped on a middle wooden stair stringer and fell 12.5 feet to basement level as the stringer broke.
Injury Type : Upper body injuries
Core Activity : Oil or gas pipeline construction
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2011154930038
Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

A young worker was working some 20 feet below another worker, who was working from a ladder on a tank. A pipe wrench fell off the tank, hitting the young worker's hardhat, neck, and face. His hardhat cracked and he was injured.
Injury Type : Electrical shock
Core Activity : Residential demolition
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010161761316
Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

A young worker sustained an electrical shock when the screwdriver he was using contacted an energized 120-volt conductor.
Injury Type : Lacerated finger
Core Activity : Heavy equipment sales, rental, and service
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010163730253
Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

A young worker was removing shrink wrap from a pallet containing equipment parts. The worker's finger was cut by the steel strapping used to hold the boxes on the pallet.
Injury Type : Serious hand injuries
Core Activity : Integrated forest management
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010160670232
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

A feller buncher tipped over onto its side while exiting the logging block at shift end. The machine was working (side sloping) on a 15-degree slope and encountered wind-felled trees. The operator's hand was crushed between the window and a handhold, due to the machine settling on a stump. The operator, a young worker, used the roof escape hatch to exit the machine.
Injury Type : Crush injury, fractures, internal injuries
Core Activity : Travelling to/from worksite
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010144250129
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

A young worker driving home from a worksite lost control of his pickup truck when crossing a wood-decked bridge. The worker was ejected from the vehicle when it rolled over into a ditch.
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 : Crush injuries to hand
Core Activity : Drilling for shale gas
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010124490148
Date of Accident : 2010-Nov

A drilling rig crew was running drill collars (large pipes used in the drilling process) into the drill hole. The crew was using a rope to swing the pipes into position to allow them to stab the elevated joint of pipe onto the joint of pipe positioned in the well bore. A young worker was standing to the side of the pipe when the rope slipped out of his hand. In an attempt to stop the elevated joint of pipe from moving farther, the worker tried to stabilize the pipe with his hand. His hand was pinched between the drill collars and the mechanical pipe connector (iron roughneck).
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 : Injuries to both hands
Core Activity : Framing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010155730147
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

A young worker was closing in a framed skylight when he stepped onto an unsupported piece of half-inch plywood. The plywood broke, and the worker fell 18 feet to the concrete floor below.
Injury Type : Respiratory issues due to toxic fume (2 workers); smoke inhalation (2 workers)
Core Activity : Construction material recycling
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010117640590
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

Four workers, including two young workers, were exposed to smoke and toxic fumes that developed when a piece of treated wood piling jammed in the wood grinder.
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 : Multiple fractures, internal injuries
Core Activity : Mobile home park operation
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010136970231
Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

A mobile home that was being lifted with hydraulic jacks became unstable and fell on a young worker.
Injury Type : Deep laceration of hand
Core Activity : Siding installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010114550182
Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

It was reported that an altercation occurred between two to four workers. During the altercation, a young worker's hand was injured by the blade of a running chop saw.
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 : Lacerated head
Core Activity : Installing steel reinforcement beam
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010165410264
Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

A 2000-pound capacity come-a-long was rigged to hold a beam (6-inch square tubing, 12.5 feet long, weighing about 250 pounds) in place prior to a weld. The come-along released, causing the beam to swing. A young worker sustained an injury to his head when struck by the beam. Another worker reported that his hard hat was struck, but he was not injured.
Injury Type : Mild concussion, bruising
Core Activity : Manual tree falling
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010160530238
Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

A young worker was cutting alder with a chainsaw when he was struck on the hard hat by a danger tree that another worker had felled.
Injury Type : Lacerated finger
Core Activity : House renovation
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010154960441
Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

A young worker was cutting wooden stakes to be used to secure footing formwork. The stakes were being cut with a handheld circular saw when the saw blade contacted the worker's hand.
Injury Type : Fractured foot
Core Activity : Cold storage plant
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010113830220
Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

A young worker was training on a stand-up forklift. When it veered towards racking, he jumped off the forklift and caught his foot between the forklift and the racking.
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 : Bruising to face, arm, leg
Core Activity : Painting
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010156730374
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A young worker was painting the doorway to an upstairs room when he fell 12 feet from an unguarded raised floor.
Injury Type : Exposure to carbon monoxide
Core Activity : Train operator
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010163210243
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

While operating a passenger train that has an internal combustion engine powered by propane, a young worker experienced symptoms including severe headaches, dizziness, and vomiting.
Injury Type : Head injury, fractured wrist
Core Activity : Framing
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010112840114
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A young worker was cutting plywood on a work bench on the second floor of a new house under construction. He carried the 2 feet by 4 feet sheets of plywood first across a walkway that did not have guardrails and then downstairs to another worker for installation. While returning to the work bench area, the young worker fell 3 metres and landed at the front entrance.
Injury Type : Exposure to refrigerant gas (2 young workers)
Core Activity : Public swimming and exercise
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010111770126
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

A new dehumidifier unit had recently been installed in an indoor swimming pool complex. The dehumidifier uses highly pressurized refrigerant. A rupture in an extruded copper pipe "T" fitting caused refrigerant to be released into the pool area while the pool was open for public swimming. The pool complex was evacuated and the fire department and paramedics were called. Of the five pool workers on duty, two (both young workers) reported symptoms of exposure to the refrigerant.
Injury Type : Broken legs, multiple scrapes
Core Activity : Installing patio doors
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010154970380
Date of Incident : 2010-Aug

Workers were moving patio doors on a sundeck when one door started to fall over. A young worker tried to prevent the door from falling and was knocked through the guardrails. The worker fell 10 feet to grade, and the door landed on top of him.
Injury Type : Abrasions
Core Activity : Road testing a motorcycle
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010161940205
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A young worker was on a test ride of a motorcycle that was being repaired. The worker lost control of the motorcycle and crashed. No other vehicle was involved.
Injury Type : Scrapes, bruises
Core Activity : Tree services
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010114050205
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A utility company hired a subcontractor to remove beetle-killed trees adjacent to energized high-voltage power lines. A young worker climbed a 14-inch diameter tree (about 65 feet tall) to cut limbs between that tree and a smaller tree growing close to it, because the two trees were limb tied. After removing the connecting limbs and the top of the smaller tree, the worker started to descend the tree. At about 39 feet above the ground, the worker felt movement in the tree as the tree began to uproot. The tree then fell over downslope into an adjacent energized high-voltage (25-kV) power line.
Injury Type : Burns
Core Activity : Vineyard operations
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010165880322
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A seasonal agricultural worker (a young worker) was preparing a meal using a propane oven in a travel trailer provided by the vineyard owner. The worker's butane camp stove sitting on top of the propane cooktop exploded.
Injury Type : Mild concussion, lacerations, soft-tissue injuries
Core Activity : Painting
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010154970304
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A young worker was on a ladder, painting fascia. The unsecured ladder slipped out on the loose gravel. The worker fell about 10 feet to hard, compacted soil.
Injury Type : Serious burns
Core Activity : Vacuum truck operation
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010140970236
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A young worker was vacuuming out a multicone hopper at a wood products plant. Hot ash that was bridged above the access hatch dislodged, exited the hatch, and contacted the worker, who was standing on an adjacent catwalk.
Injury Type : Serious burns
Core Activity : Auto sales and service
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010116120178
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A young worker was using a plasma cutter to cut the top off a 45-gallon metal drum containing windshield washer concentrate. The drum exploded, burning the worker.
Injury Type : Serious electrical burns
Core Activity : Construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010157380266
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A neutral line had to be raised to accommodate a hopper which was to be placed underneath it to pour cement. Instead of waiting for the utility company to raise the line, a young worker climbed onto the jib of crane, tied a rope onto a high-voltage (19.9-kV) power line, and attempted to lift the neutral line higher by cinching the two lines. As he did so, the power arced. The worker was electrocuted, then fell about 30 feet from the crane jib to the ground and a further 6 feet over an embankment.
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 : Broken ribs, punctured lung
Core Activity : Digging holes for utility poles
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010113210093
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A young worker was transporting three sheets of plywood (30 inches by 48 inches) on the back rack of an all-terrain vehicle. As the ATV was travelling up a steep slope, it rolled over.
Injury Type : Fractured ankle
Core Activity : Exterior painting
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010162000267
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

A ladder had been set up on a porch roof for exterior painting. A young worker was on the porch roof holding the ladder for the worker doing the painting. When the ladder slid from its position, the young worker fell just over 14 feet to a concrete sidewalk. The worker on the ladder fell a short distance onto the porch roof but was not injured.
Injury Type : Smoke inhalation, undetermined injuries (1 worker); smoke inhalation (8 workers)
Core Activity : Electric utilities
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 2010124490104
Date of Incident : 2010-Jul

Workers were conducting preventive maintenance on one of the turbines at a power generation facility. When the crew tried to re-start the generator, an explosion occurred in the unit's exciter (secondary generator used to start the main power generator). Nine workers, including one young worker, were treated for gas inhalation.
Injury Type : Multiple injuries (6 workers)
Core Activity : Tree planting
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010034450220
Date of Incident : 2010-Jun

Six workers, including four young workers, were travelling in crew cab truck with a loaded fibreglass insulated seedling transport. The driver reached for the radio microphone and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle left the road, rolling over completely before coming to rest on the wheels. All workers riding in the vehicle were belted.
Injury Type : Fractured vertebrae (1 worker); injuries including concussion, lacerations, and soft-tissue injuries (6 young workers)
Core Activity : Tree planting
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010112850179
Date of Incident : 2010-Jun

6 young workers (ages 15 to 24) 1 year's experience at this task Workers (tree planters) were being transported to the jobsite from camp when their vehicle rolled over while negotiating a curve in the road. Six of the workers were young workers.
Injury Type : Lacerated leg
Core Activity : Site excavation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010166920087
Date of Incident : 2010-Jun

A young worker approached an excavator, from the operator's blind side, while the machine was tracking backwards. The worker tried to avoid the machine but contacted the excavator's track.
Injury Type : Burns to leg
Core Activity : Geothermal pump installation
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010116120150
Date of Incident : 2010-Jun

Workers were adding methyl hydrate (used as antifreeze) to water in the geothermal pump system of a new residential home to ready it for service. There was an explosion. A fire erupted, resulting in burns to one of the workers (a young worker).
Injury Type : Cuts and abrasions
Core Activity : Concrete fence manufacture
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010117640400
Date of Incident : 2010-Jun

Workers were cleaning under slip forms designed and used to cast concrete fence panels. A forklift with a makeshift widener added to the forks was being used to lift the slip form panel from the narrow end. The operator (a young worker) exited the forklift, leaving the load suspended 6 to 8 inches. The panel slipped from the forks and struck the operator, pushing him into the adjacent panel.
Injury Type : Abdominal injuries
Core Activity : Home improvement centre
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010114050174
Date of Incident : 2010-Jun

A new and young worker was directed to cut 16-inch squares from sheets (4x8) of 1/4-inch plywood using a table saw. The worker stacked the sheets of plywood 3 deep and began to cut them. A kickback occurred, which ejected the plywood into the worker.
Injury Type : Crush injuries to fingers
Core Activity : Pizza restaurant
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010163210131
Date of Incident : 2010-Jun

A young worker's fingers were crushed as he operated a dough press.
Injury Type : Broken foot bones
Core Activity : Forklift operation
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010154970230
Date of Incident : 2010-May

A forklift made a sharp left turn and struck a young worker. The worker was knocked to the ground and the forklift's rear tire then rolled onto the worker's leg.
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 : Fatal
Core Activity : Loading and unloading goods
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010104270084
Date of Incident : 2010-May

The driver of a tractor-trailer unit pulled away from the check-in point into a container yard. A young worker who was positioned between the rear trailer wheels was fatally injured.
Injury Type : Close call
Core Activity : Demolition of building interior
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010157410085
Date of Incident : 2010-Apr

A young worker was demolishing a section of wood-framed interior wall using a reciprocating saw. The saw cut into conduit containing a 220-volt/400-amp electrical service. The drywall had been previously removed.
Injury Type : Hand and arm injuries
Core Activity : Butcher shop
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010161970095
Date of Incident : 2010-Apr

Two workers (one of them a young worker) were trying to clear a jam in the auger feed of a meat grinder when the hands of the young worker were drawn into the machine.
See a slide show about safeguarding for food manufacturing:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/SlideShows.asp?ReportID=35794
Injury Type : Fractured hand
Core Activity : Rock scaling
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010034450164
Date of Incident : 2010-Apr

A rock scaler (a young worker) was completing tight line scaling on a highway upgrade project. The rope dislodged an unnoticed rock, which struck the worker.
Injury Type : Lacerated arm
Core Activity : Tree services
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010154960167
Date of Incident : 2010-Apr

An arborist (a young worker) was in an elevated work bucket, using a chainsaw to cut a tree limb. The limb struck the running saw. The saw came out of the worker's hand, lacerating his arm.
Injury Type : Concussion
Core Activity : Amusement park
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010145130111
Date of Incident : 2010-Apr

A young worker (passenger) fell out of a golf cart when the driver made a sharp left-hand turn. The worker's head struck the pavement.
Injury Type : Sore arm, hand lacerations
Core Activity : Driving to worksite
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010154930155
Date of Incident : 2010-Mar

Two work vehicles collided on a corner of a busy resource road. The driver of one of the vehicles, a young worker, sustained minor injuries.
Injury Type : Fracture and other injuries to arms
Core Activity : Marine services
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010165830049
Date of Incident : 2010-Mar

A young worker was in the wheelhouse of a tugboat that was pulling a 54-foot-long pleasure craft off of a log boom. When a tow point on the pleasure craft failed, the tow rope snapped back through the open door of the wheelhouse and struck the worker.
Injury Type : Fractured leg (young worker); fractured ankle (young worker)
Core Activity : Framing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010117670337
Date of Incident : 2010-Mar

Two young workers were raising a 2x6 wood stud wall (8 feet high) to the vertical position when it fell back onto the deck.
Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Travel to worksite
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010143950093
Date of Incident : 2010-Mar

A young worker was driving a work vehicle to a worksite when the vehicle left the highway, overturned, and struck trees.
Injury Type : Fractured vertebrae
Core Activity : Warehouse operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010165830027
Date of Incident : 2010-Mar

A young worker was on the top shelf of storage racking in a warehouse, moving boxes. The worker fell about 15 feet to the concrete floor.
Injury Type : Blow to head
Core Activity : Concrete pumping
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010154960128
Date of Incident : 2010-Mar

During placement of concrete infill for a masonry block wall, the 2-inch-diameter rubber hose of the concrete line pump became plugged. After the pump was shut off, workers tried to unplug the blockage. Back pressure in the line released unexpectedly, causing the unrestrained end of the rubber hose to whip. The hose struck the head of a young worker, but the worker was wearing safety headgear and was not seriously injured.
See a slide show about a similar incident where the worker died:
http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/SlideShows.asp?reportid=35410
Injury Type : Fractured pelvis (1 worker); severely bruised back and chest, sprained ankle (1 worker); back strain (1 worker)
Core Activity : Demolition
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010165420049
Date of Incident : 2010-Mar

Three workers (including two young workers) were demolishing an old, free-standing carport when it became unstable and collapsed onto two of the workers.
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 : Broken arm, internal injuries
Core Activity : Steep slope roofing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010161480132
Date of Incident : 2010-Mar

A young worker fell about 17 feet from the edge of a residential roof.
Injury Type : Fractured wrist and shoulder bone
Core Activity : Roofing
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010120030082
Date of Incident : 2010-Mar

A young worker was installing a tarp on a roof. While working from an extension ladder, the worker fell to the ground (8 feet).
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 : Leg injuries
Core Activity : Security services
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010158880060
Date of Incident : 2010-Feb

During an outdoor concert, the crowd surged forward when the performers came onto the stage. A crowd control barrier collapsed, injuring a security worker standing between the barrier and the stage.
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 : Burns to upper body (2 workers)
Core Activity : Installation of new meter base
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010166970015
Date of Incident : 2010-Feb

Two workers were pulling electrical conductors into a 3-phase 600-volt splitter box, for the installation of a new meter base and switch. The neutral conductor contacted a live bus bar, producing an electric arc flash explosion that burned both workers (one of them a young worker).
Injury Type : Fractured spin
Core Activity : Ski hill operation
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010137290050
Date of Incident : 2010-Feb

A young worker fell while snowboarding to the base of a ski hill at the end of the work shift.
Injury Type : Lacerated fingers
Core Activity : Framing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010124710083
Date of Incident : 2010-Feb

A young worker was cutting the end off a 2x4 when his fingers contacted the saw blade.
Injury Type : Amputated fingers
Core Activity : Framing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010165370042
Date of Incident : 2010-Feb

A young worker was cutting a 2x4 with a circular saw. The saw got caught and kicked back, contacting the worker's hand.
Injury Type : Electric shock
Core Activity : Tree services
Location : Vancouver Island
ID Number : 2010154970069
Date of Incident : 2010-Feb

A young worker was limbing a fir tree. A branch the worker cut off hung up. When the branch was freed, it contacted a 25-kV primary line and the worker received an electric shock.
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 : Lacerated leg
Core Activity : Warehouse operation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010128220015
Date of Incident : 2010-Jan

A young worker's leg became trapped under a moving motorized pallet jack (walkie/rider).
Injury Type : Stab wound
Core Activity : Alcohol or drug treatment facility
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010163050009
Date of Incident : 2010-Jan

A resident stabbed a young worker in the neck with a kitchen knife.
Injury Type : Concussion, shoulder injury
Core Activity : Residential construction
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010165880051
Date of Incident : 2010-Jan

A young worker was standing on the first-floor joists of a home under construction while a truck-mounted crane placed 4 bundles of plywood, each weighing about 700 kg, on the exposed joists. The final load being placed tipped over, causing the joists to fail. The worker and the delivered material fell 12 feet to the basement floor.
Injury Type : Inhalation of sulfur dioxide gas (2 workers)
Core Activity : Rail car repair and maintenance
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 2010111970047
Date of Incident : 2010-Jan

Two workers (one of them a young worker) were exposed to sulfur dioxide gas on two separate occasions while repairing rail cars.
Injury Type : Facial injuries
Core Activity : Commercial construction
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010113820040
Date of Incident : 2010-Jan

A boom truck was hoisting an 11-metre-long steel beam (weighing 3,562 kilograms) over a 3-metre-high chain-link fence. A young worker's tag line caught on the barbed wire atop the fence. The worker was attempting to pull his tag line free when a rigging sling broke and the end of the beam dropped to the ground, striking the worker.
Injury Type : Broken bones, fractured spine, concussion
Core Activity : Unloading goods
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 2010163210003
Date of Incident : 2010-Jan

A young worker was unloading engineered lumber from a flatbed truck. The worker had loosened three of the four fibre belts used to secure the load. While working on the fourth belt, the worker was struck by a bundle of lumber that dislodged.

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<a name="2010120030413"></a>Injury Type : Head and shoulder injuries

Core Activity : Gas station and convenience store

Location : Vancouver Island

ID Number : 2010120030413

Date of Incident : 2010-Dec


A young worker fell from a stepladder while stocking shelves with merchandise.
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<a name="2010147050290"></a>Injury Type : Injury to head, fractures

Core Activity : Log processing

Location : Vancouver Island

ID Number : 2010147050290

Date of Incident : 2010-Dec


While operating an edger saw, a young worker was struck and injured by a piece of wood ejected from the edger. The worker fell, struck his head, and lost consciousness.

See a slide show about a worker who was fatally injured when a saw kicked back and a piece of wood was ejected:

<a href="http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/SlideShows.asp?reportid=35934">http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/SlideShows.asp?reportid=35934</a>
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<a name="2010113830267"></a>Injury Type : Back pain and strain

Core Activity : Residential framing

Location : Lower Mainland

ID Number : 2010113830267

Date of Incident : 2010-Dec


A young worker stepped on a middle wooden stair stringer and fell 12.5 feet to basement level as the stringer broke.
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<a name="2011154930038"></a>Injury Type : Upper body injuries

Core Activity : Oil or gas pipeline construction

Location : Northern BC

ID Number : 2011154930038

Date of Incident : 2010-Nov


A young worker was working some 20 feet below another worker, who was working from a ladder on a tank. A pipe wrench fell off the tank, hitting the young worker's hardhat, neck, and face. His hardhat cracked and he was injured.
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<a name="2010161761316"></a>Injury Type : Electrical shock

Core Activity : Residential demolition

Location : Lower Mainland

ID Number : 2010161761316

Date of Incident : 2010-Nov


A young worker sustained an electrical shock when the screwdriver he was using contacted an energized 120-volt conductor.
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<a name="2010163730253"></a>Injury Type : Lacerated finger

Core Activity : Heavy equipment sales, rental, and service

Location : Lower Mainland

ID Number : 2010163730253

Date of Incident : 2010-Nov


A young worker was removing shrink wrap from a pallet containing equipment parts. The worker's finger was cut by the steel strapping used to hold the boxes on the pallet.
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<a name="2010124490148"></a>Injury Type : Crush injuries to hand

Core Activity : Drilling for shale gas

Location : Northern BC

ID Number : 2010124490148

Date of Accident : 2010-Nov


A drilling rig crew was running drill collars (large pipes used in the drilling process) into the drill hole. The crew was using a rope to swing the pipes into position to allow them to stab the elevated joint of pipe onto the joint of pipe positioned in the well bore. A young worker was standing to the side of the pipe when the rope slipped out of his hand. In an attempt to stop the elevated joint of pipe from moving farther, the worker tried to stabilize the pipe with his hand. His hand was pinched between the drill collars and the mechanical pipe connector (iron roughneck).
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<a name="2010156580385"></a>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.
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<a name="2010155730147"></a>Injury Type : Injuries to both hands

Core Activity : Framing

Location : Lower Mainland

ID Number : 2010155730147

Date of Incident : 2010-Oct


A young worker was closing in a framed skylight when he stepped onto an unsupported piece of half-inch plywood. The plywood broke, and the worker fell 18 feet to the concrete floor below.
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<a name="2010117640590"></a>Injury Type : Respiratory issues due to toxic fume (2 workers); smoke inhalation (2 workers)

Core Activity : Construction material recycling

Location : Vancouver Island

ID Number : 2010117640590

Date of Incident : 2010-Oct


Four workers, including two young workers, were exposed to smoke and toxic fumes that developed when a piece of treated wood piling jammed in the wood grinder.
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<a name="2010157440260"></a>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.
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<a name="2010136970231"></a>Injury Type : Multiple fractures, internal injuries

Core Activity : Mobile home park operation

Location : Northern BC

ID Number : 2010136970231

Date of Incident : 2010-Oct


A mobile home that was being lifted with hydraulic jacks became unstable and fell on a young worker.
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<a name="2010160670232"></a>Injury Type : Serious hand injuries

Core Activity : Integrated forest management

Location : Northern BC

ID Number : 2010160670232

Date of Incident : 2010-Oct


A feller buncher tipped over onto its side while exiting the logging block at shift end. The machine was working (side sloping) on a 15-degree slope and encountered wind-felled trees. The operator's hand was crushed between the window and a handhold, due to the machine settling on a stump. The operator, a young worker, used the roof escape hatch to exit the machine.
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<a name="2010144250129"></a>Injury Type : Crush injury, fractures, internal injuries

Core Activity : Travelling to/from worksite

Location : Northern BC

ID Number : 2010144250129

Date of Incident : 2010-Oct


A young worker driving home from a worksite lost control of his pickup truck when crossing a wood-decked bridge. The worker was ejected from the vehicle when it rolled over into a ditch.
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<a name="2010136900206"></a>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.
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<a name="2010114550182"></a>Injury Type : Deep laceration of hand

Core Activity : Siding installation

Location : Lower Mainland

ID Number : 2010114550182

Date of Incident : 2010-Sep


It was reported that an altercation occurred between two to four workers. During the altercation, a young worker's hand was injured by the blade of a running chop saw.
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<a name="2010154930351"></a>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.
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<a name="2010160530238"></a>Injury Type : Mild concussion, bruising

Core Activity : Manual tree falling

Location : Central Interior

ID Number : 2010160530238

Date of Incident : 2010-Sep


A young worker was cutting alder with a chainsaw when he was struck on the hard hat by a danger tree that another worker had felled.
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<a name="2010154960441"></a>Injury Type : Lacerated finger

Core Activity : House renovation

Location : Vancouver Island

ID Number : 2010154960441

Date of Incident : 2010-Sep


A young worker was cutting wooden stakes to be used to secure footing formwork. The stakes were being cut with a handheld circular saw when the saw blade contacted the worker's hand.
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<a name="2010113830220"></a>Injury Type : Fractured foot

Core Activity : Cold storage plant

Location : Lower Mainland

ID Number : 2010113830220

Date of Incident : 2010-Sep


A young worker was training on a stand-up forklift. When it veered towards racking, he jumped off the forklift and caught his foot between the forklift and the racking.
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<a name="2010165880389"></a>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.
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<a name="2010156730374"></a>Injury Type : Bruising to face, arm, leg

Core Activity : Painting

Location : Lower Mainland

ID Number : 2010156730374

Date of Incident : 2010-Aug


A young worker was painting the doorway to an upstairs room when he fell 12 feet from an unguarded raised floor.
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<a name="2010163210243"></a>Injury Type : Exposure to carbon monoxide

Core Activity : Train operator

Location : Lower Mainland

ID Number : 2010163210243

Date of Incident : 2010-Aug


While operating a passenger train that has an internal combustion engine powered by propane, a young worker experienced symptoms including severe headaches, dizziness, and vomiting.
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<a name="2010112840114"></a>Injury Type : Head injury, fractured wrist

Core Activity : Framing

Location : Vancouver Island

ID Number : 2010112840114

Date of Incident : 2010-Aug


A young worker was cutting plywood on a work bench on the second floor of a new house under construction. He carried the 2 feet by 4 feet sheets of plywood first across a walkway that did not have guardrails and then downstairs to another worker for installation. While returning to the work bench area, the young worker fell 3 metres and landed at the front entrance.
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<a name="2010111770126"></a>Injury Type : Exposure to refrigerant gas (2 young workers)

Core Activity : Public swimming and exercise

Location : Lower Mainland

ID Number : 2010111770126

Date of Incident : 2010-Aug


A new dehumidifier unit had recently been installed in an indoor swimming pool complex. The dehumidifier uses highly pressurized refrigerant. A rupture in an extruded copper pipe "T" fitting caused refrigerant to be released into the pool area while the pool was open for public swimming. The pool complex was evacuated and the fire department and paramedics were called. Of the five pool workers on duty, two (both young workers) reported symptoms of exposure to the refrigerant.
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<a name="2010154970380"></a>Injury Type : Broken legs, multiple scrapes

Core Activity : Installing patio doors

Location : Vancouver Island

ID Number : 2010154970380

Date of Incident : 2010-Aug


Workers were moving patio doors on a sundeck when one door started to fall over. A young worker tried to prevent the door from falling and was knocked through the guardrails. The worker fell 10 feet to grade, and the door landed on top of him.
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<a name="2010161940205"></a>Injury Type : Abrasions

Core Activity : Road testing a motorcycle

Location : Lower Mainland

ID Number : 2010161940205

Date of Incident : 2010-Jul


A young worker was on a test ride of a motorcycle that was being repaired. The worker lost control of the motorcycle and crashed. No other vehicle was involved.
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<a name="2010114050205"></a>Injury Type : Scrapes, bruises

Core Activity : Tree services

Location : Central Interior

ID Number : 2010114050205

Date of Incident : 2010-Jul


A utility company hired a subcontractor to remove beetle-killed trees adjacent to energized high-voltage power lines. A young worker climbed a 14-inch diameter tree (about 65 feet tall) to cut limbs between that tree and a smaller tree growing close to it, because the two trees were limb tied. After removing the connecting limbs and the top of the smaller tree, the worker started to descend the tree. At about 39 feet above the ground, the worker felt movement in the tree as the tree began to uproot. The tree then fell over downslope into an adjacent energized high-voltage (25-kV) power line.
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<a name="2010165880322"></a>Injury Type : Burns

Core Activity : Vineyard operations

Location : Central Interior

ID Number : 2010165880322

Date of Incident : 2010-Jul


A seasonal agricultural worker (a young worker) was preparing a meal using a propane oven in a travel trailer provided by the vineyard owner. The worker's butane camp stove sitting on top of the propane cooktop exploded.
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<a name="2010154970304"></a>Injury Type : Mild concussion, lacerations, soft-tissue injuries

Core Activity : Painting

Location : Vancouver Island

ID Number : 2010154970304

Date of Incident : 2010-Jul


A young worker was on a ladder, painting fascia. The unsecured ladder slipped out on the loose gravel. The worker fell about 10 feet to hard, compacted soil.
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<a name="2010140970236"></a>Injury Type : Serious burns

Core Activity : Vacuum truck operation

Location : Northern BC

ID Number : 2010140970236

Date of Incident : 2010-Jul


A young worker was vacuuming out a multicone hopper at a wood products plant. Hot ash that was bridged above the access hatch dislodged, exited the hatch, and contacted the worker, who was standing on an adjacent catwalk.
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<a name="2010116120178"></a>Injury Type : Serious burns

Core Activity : Auto sales and service

Location : Central Interior

ID Number : 2010116120178

Date of Incident : 2010-Jul


A young worker was using a plasma cutter to cut the top off a 45-gallon metal drum containing windshield washer concentrate. The drum exploded, burning the worker.
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<a name="2010157380266"></a>Injury Type : Serious electrical burns

Core Activity : Construction

Location : Central Interior

ID Number : 2010157380266

Date of Incident : 2010-Jul


A neutral line had to be raised to accommodate a hopper which was to be placed underneath it to pour cement. Instead of waiting for the utility company to raise the line, a young worker climbed onto the jib of crane, tied a rope onto a high-voltage (19.9-kV) power line, and attempted to lift the neutral line higher by cinching the two lines. As he did so, the power arced. The worker was electrocuted, then fell about 30 feet from the crane jib to the ground and a further 6 feet over an embankment.
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<a name="2010116120176"></a>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.
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<a name="2010113210093"></a>Injury Type : Broken ribs, punctured lung

Core Activity : Digging holes for utility poles

Location : Central Interior

ID Number : 2010113210093

Date of Incident : 2010-Jul


A young worker was transporting three sheets of plywood (30 inches by 48 inches) on the back rack of an all-terrain vehicle. As the ATV was travelling up a steep slope, it rolled over.
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<a name="2010162000267"></a>Injury Type : Fractured ankle

Core Activity : Exterior painting

Location : Lower Mainland

ID Number : 2010162000267

Date of Incident : 2010-Jul


A ladder had been set up on a porch roof for exterior painting. A young worker was on the porch roof holding the ladder for the worker doing the painting. When the ladder slid from its position, the young worker fell just over 14 feet to a concrete sidewalk. The worker on the ladder fell a short distance onto the porch roof but was not injured.
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<a name="2010124490104"></a>Injury Type : Smoke inhalation, undetermined injuries (1 worker); smoke inhalation (8 workers)

Core Activity : Electric utilities

Location : Northern BC

ID Number : 2010124490104

Date of Incident : 2010-Jul


Workers were conducting preventive maintenance on one of the turbines at a power generation facility. When the crew tried to re-start the generator, an explosion occurred in the unit's exciter (secondary generator used to start the main power generator). Nine workers, including one young worker, were treated for gas inhalation.
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<a name="2010034450220"></a>Injury Type : Multiple injuries (6 workers)

Core Activity : Tree planting

Location : Central Interior

ID Number : 2010034450220

Date of Incident : 2010-Jun


Six workers, including four young workers, were travelling in crew cab truck with a loaded fibreglass insulated seedling transport. The driver reached for the radio microphone and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle left the road, rolling over completely before coming to rest on the wheels. All workers riding in the vehicle were belted.
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<a name="2010112850179"></a>Injury Type : Fractured vertebrae (1 worker); injuries including concussion, lacerations, and soft-tissue injuries (6 young workers)

Core Activity : Tree planting

Location : Central Interior

ID Number : 2010112850179

Date of Incident : 2010-Jun


6 young workers (ages 15 to 24)
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Workers (tree planters) were being transported to the jobsite from camp when their vehicle rolled over while negotiating a curve in the road. Six of the workers were young workers.
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<a name="2010166920087"></a>Injury Type : Lacerated leg

Core Activity : Site excavation

Location : Lower Mainland

ID Number : 2010166920087

Date of Incident : 2010-Jun


A young worker approached an excavator, from the operator's blind side, while the machine was tracking backwards. The worker tried to avoid the machine but contacted the excavator's track.
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<a name="2010116120150"></a>Injury Type : Burns to leg

Core Activity : Geothermal pump installation

Location : Central Interior

ID Number : 2010116120150

Date of Incident : 2010-Jun


Workers were adding methyl hydrate (used as antifreeze) to water in the geothermal pump system of a new residential home to ready it for service. There was an explosion. A fire erupted, resulting in burns to one of the workers (a young worker).
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<a name="2010117640400"></a>Injury Type : Cuts and abrasions

Core Activity : Concrete fence manufacture

Location : Vancouver Island

ID Number : 2010117640400

Date of Incident : 2010-Jun


Workers were cleaning under slip forms designed and used to cast concrete fence panels. A forklift with a makeshift widener added to the forks was being used to lift the slip form panel from the narrow end. The operator (a young worker) exited the forklift, leaving the load suspended 6 to 8 inches. The panel slipped from the forks and struck the operator, pushing him into the adjacent panel.
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<a name="2010114050174"></a>Injury Type : Abdominal injuries

Core Activity : Home improvement centre

Location : Central Interior

ID Number : 2010114050174

Date of Incident : 2010-Jun


A new and young worker was directed to cut 16-inch squares from sheets (4x8) of 1/4-inch plywood using a table saw. The worker stacked the sheets of plywood 3 deep and began to cut them. A kickback occurred, which ejected the plywood into the worker.
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<a name="2010163210131"></a>Injury Type : Crush injuries to fingers

Core Activity : Pizza restaurant

Location : Lower Mainland

ID Number : 2010163210131

Date of Incident : 2010-Jun


A young worker's fingers were crushed as he operated a dough press.
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<a name="2010154970230"></a>Injury Type : Broken foot bones

Core Activity : Forklift operation

Location : Vancouver Island

ID Number : 2010154970230

Date of Incident : 2010-May


A forklift made a sharp left turn and struck a young worker. The worker was knocked to the ground and the forklift's rear tire then rolled onto the worker's leg.
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<a name="2010113830101"></a>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.
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<a name="2010104270084"></a>Injury Type : Fatal

Core Activity : Loading and unloading goods

Location : Lower Mainland

ID Number : 2010104270084

Date of Incident : 2010-May


The driver of a tractor-trailer unit pulled away from the check-in point into a container yard. A young worker who was positioned between the rear trailer wheels was fatally injured.
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<a name="2010157410085"></a>Injury Type : Close call

Core Activity : Demolition of building interior

Location : Lower Mainland

ID Number : 2010157410085

Date of Incident : 2010-Apr


A young worker was demolishing a section of wood-framed interior wall using a reciprocating saw. The saw cut into conduit containing a 220-volt/400-amp electrical service. The drywall had been previously removed.
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<a name="2010161970095"></a>Injury Type : Hand and arm injuries

Core Activity : Butcher shop

Location : Central Interior

ID Number : 2010161970095

Date of Incident : 2010-Apr


Two workers (one of them a young worker) were trying to clear a jam in the auger feed of a meat grinder when the hands of the young worker were drawn into the machine.

See a slide show about safeguarding for food manufacturing:

<a href="http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/SlideShows.asp?ReportID=35794">http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/SlideShows.asp?ReportID=35794</a>
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<a name="2010034450164"></a>Injury Type : Fractured hand

Core Activity : Rock scaling

Location : Central Interior

ID Number : 2010034450164

Date of Incident : 2010-Apr


A rock scaler (a young worker) was completing tight line scaling on a highway upgrade project. The rope dislodged an unnoticed rock, which struck the worker.
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<a name="2010154960167"></a>Injury Type : Lacerated arm

Core Activity : Tree services

Location : Vancouver Island

ID Number : 2010154960167

Date of Incident : 2010-Apr


An arborist (a young worker) was in an elevated work bucket, using a chainsaw to cut a tree limb. The limb struck the running saw. The saw came out of the worker's hand, lacerating his arm.
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<a name="2010145130111"></a>Injury Type : Concussion

Core Activity : Amusement park

Location : Lower Mainland

ID Number : 2010145130111

Date of Incident : 2010-Apr


A young worker (passenger) fell out of a golf cart when the driver made a sharp left-hand turn. The worker's head struck the pavement.
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<a name="2010154930155"></a>Injury Type : Sore arm, hand lacerations

Core Activity : Driving to worksite

Location : Lower Mainland

ID Number : 2010154930155

Date of Incident : 2010-Mar


Two work vehicles collided on a corner of a busy resource road. The driver of one of the vehicles, a young worker, sustained minor injuries.
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<a name="2010165830049"></a>Injury Type : Fracture and other injuries to arms

Core Activity : Marine services

Location : Lower Mainland

ID Number : 2010165830049

Date of Incident : 2010-Mar


A young worker was in the wheelhouse of a tugboat that was pulling a 54-foot-long pleasure craft off of a log boom. When a tow point on the pleasure craft failed, the tow rope snapped back through the open door of the wheelhouse and struck the worker.
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<a name="2010117670337"></a>Injury Type : Fractured leg (young worker); fractured ankle (young worker)

Core Activity : Framing

Location : Lower Mainland

ID Number : 2010117670337

Date of Incident : 2010-Mar


Two young workers were raising a 2x6 wood stud wall (8 feet high) to the vertical position when it fell back onto the deck.
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<a name="2010143950093"></a>Injury Type : Fatal

Core Activity : Travel to worksite

Location : Central Interior

ID Number : 2010143950093

Date of Incident : 2010-Mar


A young worker was driving a work vehicle to a worksite when the vehicle left the highway, overturned, and struck trees.
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<a name="2010165830027"></a>Injury Type : Fractured vertebrae

Core Activity : Warehouse operation

Location : Lower Mainland

ID Number : 2010165830027

Date of Incident : 2010-Mar


A young worker was on the top shelf of storage racking in a warehouse, moving boxes. The worker fell about 15 feet to the concrete floor.
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<a name="2010154960128"></a>Injury Type : Blow to head

Core Activity : Concrete pumping

Location : Vancouver Island

ID Number : 2010154960128

Date of Incident : 2010-Mar


During placement of concrete infill for a masonry block wall, the 2-inch-diameter rubber hose of the concrete line pump became plugged. After the pump was shut off, workers tried to unplug the blockage. Back pressure in the line released unexpectedly, causing the unrestrained end of the rubber hose to whip. The hose struck the head of a young worker, but the worker was wearing safety headgear and was not seriously injured.

See a slide show about a similar incident where the worker died:

<a href="http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/SlideShows.asp?reportid=35410">http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/SlideShows.asp?reportid=35410</a>
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<a name="2010165420049"></a>Injury Type : Fractured pelvis (1 worker); severely bruised back and chest, sprained ankle (1 worker); back strain (1 worker)

Core Activity : Demolition

Location : Lower Mainland

ID Number : 2010165420049

Date of Incident : 2010-Mar


Three workers (including two young workers) were demolishing an old, free-standing carport when it became unstable and collapsed onto two of the workers.
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<a name="2010161750053"></a>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.
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<a name="2010161480132"></a>Injury Type : Broken arm, internal injuries

Core Activity : Steep slope roofing

Location : Lower Mainland

ID Number : 2010161480132

Date of Incident : 2010-Mar


A young worker fell about 17 feet from the edge of a residential roof.
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<a name="2010120030082"></a>Injury Type : Fractured wrist and shoulder bone

Core Activity : Roofing

Location : Vancouver Island

ID Number : 2010120030082

Date of Incident : 2010-Mar


A young worker was installing a tarp on a roof. While working from an extension ladder, the worker fell to the ground (8 feet).
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<a name="2010157440077"></a>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.

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<a name="2010158880060"></a>Injury Type : Leg injuries

Core Activity : Security services

Location : Lower Mainland

ID Number : 2010158880060

Date of Incident : 2010-Feb


During an outdoor concert, the crowd surged forward when the performers came onto the stage. A crowd control barrier collapsed, injuring a security worker standing between the barrier and the stage.
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<a name="2010140970103"></a>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.

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<a name="2010166970015"></a>Injury Type : Burns to upper body (2 workers)

Core Activity : Installation of new meter base

Location : Lower Mainland

ID Number : 2010166970015

Date of Incident : 2010-Feb


Two workers were pulling electrical conductors into a 3-phase 600-volt splitter box, for the installation of a new meter base and switch. The neutral conductor contacted a live bus bar, producing an electric arc flash explosion that burned both workers (one of them a young worker).
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<a name="2010137290050"></a>Injury Type : Fractured spin

Core Activity : Ski hill operation

Location : Vancouver Island

ID Number : 2010137290050

Date of Incident : 2010-Feb


A young worker fell while snowboarding to the base of a ski hill at the end of the work shift.
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<a name="2010124710083"></a>Injury Type : Lacerated fingers

Core Activity : Framing

Location : Lower Mainland

ID Number : 2010124710083

Date of Incident : 2010-Feb


A young worker was cutting the end off a 2x4 when his fingers contacted the saw blade.

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<a name="2010165370042"></a>Injury Type : Amputated fingers

Core Activity : Framing

Location : Lower Mainland

ID Number : 2010165370042

Date of Incident : 2010-Feb


A young worker was cutting a 2x4 with a circular saw. The saw got caught and kicked back, contacting the worker's hand.
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<a name="2010154970069"></a>Injury Type : Electric shock

Core Activity : Tree services

Location : Vancouver Island

ID Number : 2010154970069

Date of Incident : 2010-Feb


A young worker was limbing a fir tree. A branch the worker cut off hung up. When the branch was freed, it contacted a 25-kV primary line and the worker received an electric shock.
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<a name="2010154850011"></a>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.
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<a name="2010128220015"></a>Injury Type : Lacerated leg

Core Activity : Warehouse operation

Location : Lower Mainland

ID Number : 2010128220015

Date of Incident : 2010-Jan


A young worker's leg became trapped under a moving motorized pallet jack (walkie/rider).
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<a name="2010163050009"></a>Injury Type : Stab wound

Core Activity : Alcohol or drug treatment facility

Location : Central Interior

ID Number : 2010163050009

Date of Incident : 2010-Jan


A resident stabbed a young worker in the neck with a kitchen knife.
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<a name="2010165880051"></a>Injury Type : Concussion, shoulder injury

Core Activity : Residential construction

Location : Central Interior

ID Number : 2010165880051

Date of Incident : 2010-Jan


A young worker was standing on the first-floor joists of a home under construction while a truck-mounted crane placed 4 bundles of plywood, each weighing about 700 kg, on the exposed joists. The final load being placed tipped over, causing the joists to fail. The worker and the delivered material fell 12 feet to the basement floor.
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<a name="2010111970047"></a>Injury Type : Inhalation of sulfur dioxide gas (2 workers)

Core Activity : Rail car repair and maintenance

Location : Central Interior

ID Number : 2010111970047

Date of Incident : 2010-Jan


Two workers (one of them a young worker) were exposed to sulfur dioxide gas on two separate occasions while repairing rail cars.
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<a name="2010113820040"></a>Injury Type : Facial injuries

Core Activity : Commercial construction

Location : Lower Mainland

ID Number : 2010113820040

Date of Incident : 2010-Jan


A boom truck was hoisting an 11-metre-long steel beam (weighing 3,562 kilograms) over a 3-metre-high chain-link fence. A young worker's tag line caught on the barbed wire atop the fence. The worker was attempting to pull his tag line free when a rigging sling broke and the end of the beam dropped to the ground, striking the worker.
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<a name="2010163210003"></a>Injury Type : Broken bones, fractured spine, concussion

Core Activity : Unloading goods

Location : Lower Mainland

ID Number : 2010163210003

Date of Incident : 2010-Jan


A young worker was unloading engineered lumber from a flatbed truck. The worker had loosened three of the four fibre belts used to secure the load. While working on the fourth belt, the worker was struck by a bundle of lumber that dislodged.
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