January 17, 2019

These summaries of selected work-related incidents recently reported to WorkSafeBC may help you to prevent similar incidents.

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PRIMARY RESOURCES

Injury Type: Close call

Core Activity: Oil or gas drilling / Oil or gas production

Location: Northern B.C.

Date of Incident: 2018-Dec

ID Number: 2019177910001

While a drilling rig crew was switching from drilling to completions equipment, well control was lost, resulting in a large release of natural gas and associated well-bore fluids. No injuries occurred.

Injury Type: Fractured leg

Core Activity: Cable or hi-lead logging

Location: Northern B.C.

Date of Incident: 2018-Dec

ID Number: 2018174590021

A worker at a grapple yarding operation was spotting (guiding) a log. The grapple yarder inadvertently picked up two logs, one of which was an unseen log buried under snow. The unseen log, which was longer than the other log, struck the worker in the leg. The worker was airlifted to hospital by helicopter.

Injury Type: Close call

Core Activity: Integrated forest management

Location: Interior B.C.

Date of Incident: 2018-Nov

ID Number: 2018166950043

A feller-buncher was falling trees adjacent to a 25 kV power line. The top of a tree being cut broke off and contacted the power line, knocking it off three power poles.

MANUFACTURING

Injury Type: Multiple injuries

Core Activity: Sawmill

Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.

Date of Incident: 2019-Jan

ID Number: 2019154970003

A worker was struck by a packaged load of lumber at the outfeed of a package press.

Injury Type: Injury to arm

Core Activity: Meat cutting, packing, processing, or canning

Location: Lower Mainland

Date of Incident: 2019-Jan

ID Number: 2019155500001

A worker was operating a ride-on pallet jack. Upon acceleration while turning, the worker's arm struck a storage racking guard.

Injury Type: Lower body fracture

Core Activity: Machine shop

Location: Lower Mainland

Date of Incident: 2019-Jan

ID Number: 2019145570001

A worker was setting up a job on a work bench. The worker turned and tripped in front of the work bench, fell against a metal bar protruding from the bench, and then struck the floor.

Injury Type: Close call

Core Activity: Pressed wood product manufacture

Location: Northern B.C.

Date of Incident: 2018-Dec

ID Number: 2018174590022

A deflagration occurred in the dryer outfeed conveyor at a wood pellet manufacturing plant. Staff were evacuated and emergency personnel responded. No injuries or property damage occurred.

Injury Type: Injuries to hand and arm

Core Activity: Wooden component manufacture

Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.

Date of Incident: 2018-Dec

ID Number: 2018161290032

While operating a chop saw at a shake/cedar products plant, a worker reached into a running waste conveyor and the worker's hand and arm were caught and pulled into the roller.

Injury Type: Head lacerations

Core Activity: Wooden truss manufacture

Location: Lower Mainland

Date of Incident: 2018-Dec

ID Number: 2018155400035

A worker was loading trusses from a forklift onto a semi-trailer, and used the forklift as a step to access the trailer and adjust the load. While stepping back onto the forklift, the worker slipped and fell to the ground.

Injury Type: Fractured leg and foot, bruising

Core Activity: Manufacture, or manufacture and installation of structural metal products

Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.

Date of Incident: 2018-Dec

ID Number: 2018188270004

While a worker was un-banding a stacked load of steel joists, the load shifted and one of the steel joists fell over, striking the worker.

Injury Type: Undetermined injuries

Core Activity: Stone or marble cutting, dressing, shaping, or lettering, or stone or marble product manufacture

Location: Lower Mainland

Date of Incident: 2018-Dec

ID Number: 2018186450005

While handling a stone slab (about 400 pounds), a young worker was unable to support the weight. The slab fell and struck the worker.

Injury Type: Exposure to chlorine dioxide (3 workers)

Core Activity: Pulp and paper mill

Location: B.C.

Date of Incident: 2018-Dec

ID Number: 2018140970017

A chlorine dioxide line broke at a pulp mill bleach plant, and three workers were exposed.

CONSTRUCTION

Injury Type: Puncture wound, suspected head injury

Core Activity: Steep slope roofing

Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.

Date of Incident: 2018-Dec

ID Number: 2018171900043

A worker was warming up the frosty surface of a 3:12 roof with a propane torch. The worker fell about 20 feet off the roof and into a nearby stairwell opening, contacting a protruding anchor bolt.

Injury Type: Puncture wound to leg

Core Activity: House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work

Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.

Date of Incident: 2018-Dec

ID Number: 2018154960064

While framing a gable end on a residential construction project, a worker operating a pneumatic nail gun inadvertently discharged a nail (3 1/4 inches) into his leg.

Injury Type: Head injury

Core Activity: Structural concrete forming / House or other wood frame contracting, construction or renovation work

Location: Lower Mainland

Date of Incident: 2018-Dec

ID Number: 2018166710026

A worker on a straight aluminum ladder fell about 6 feet to the concrete slab below.

Injury Type: Lower body fractures

Core Activity: Drywalling or acoustic board installation / Industrial, commercial, institutional or highrise residential contracting or construction

Location: Lower Mainland

Date of Incident: 2018-Dec

ID Number: 2018165370045

A worker inspecting the walls of a site prior to insulation being applied went under a barrier and fell through a duct opening.

Injury Type: Electric shock

Core Activity: Electrical work

Location: Lower Mainland

Date of Incident: 2018-Dec

ID Number: 2018186400003

A young worker removing wire from the conduit of a disconnected light fixture received an electric shock from a 347-volt single-phase feed.

Injury Type: Injury to back, bruising (1 worker)

Core Activity: Painting or wallpapering

Location: Lower Mainland

Date of Incident: 2018-Dec

ID Number: 2018139860122

A worker was halfway up a 12-foot ladder, painting an outside wall near a garage door. Another worker opened the garage door, and a recreational vehicle that was in for repair backed out and struck the ladder. The first worker fell to grade.

Injury Type: Puncture wound to leg

Core Activity: Steep slope roofing

Location: Lower Mainland

Date of Incident: 2018-Nov

ID Number: 2018171890061

While installing asphalt shingles on a four-storey apartment building, a worker inadvertently discharged a roofing nail (1 1/4 inches) from a pneumatic nail gun into his leg.

TRANSPORTATION AND WAREHOUSING

Injury Type: Suspected fractures to hand and wrist

Core Activity: Ferry service

Location: Lower Mainland

Date of Incident: 2018-Dec

ID Number: 2018145570055

During a wind storm, a worker was moving a 16-foot aluminum work boat from a davit to a concrete gangway. A surge of water lifted the boat and crushed the worker's hand between the boat and the railing.

Injury Type: Amputation injuries to fingers

Core Activity: Warehouse operation

Location: Lower Mainland

Date of Incident: 2018-Dec

ID Number: 2018166700018

A worker was replacing a conveyance chain onto a drive sprocket when the worker's gloved hand was pulled into the in-running chain return.

TRADE

Injury Type: Suspected lower body fracture

Core Activity: Electrical, plumbing or heating supplies, or packaged building supplies, hardware, or other metal product wholesale

Location: Interior B.C.

Date of Incident: 2018-Dec

ID Number: 2018181900001

While climbing a metal racking system to obtain an item, a worker fell 10 feet to the concrete floor.

Injury Type: Fractured vertebra

Core Activity: Large retail store

Location: Interior B.C.

Date of Incident: 2018-Dec

ID Number: 2018178260017

While retrieving product from the top shelf of a storage rack, a worker fell about 8 feet to the concrete floor.

PUBLIC SECTOR

Injury Type: Close call

Core Activity: Swimming pool / Local government and related operations

Location: Lower Mainland

Date of Incident: 2019-Jan

ID Number: 2019093690006

Two workers were replacing a 150-pound compressed gas chlorine cylinder for a community centre swimming pool water disinfection system. After the cylinder change, the chlorine room sensor/monitor indicated a chlorine leak. The valves on two chlorine cylinders were closed, the chlorine gas concentration in the room (monitored remotely) stabilized at 5 ppm, and emergency services were called. The community centre was evacuated of workers and members of the public. No injuries were reported.

SERVICE SECTOR

Injury Type: Close call

Core Activity: Tree services (not directly related to the forestry industry)

Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.

Date of Incident: 2019-Jan

ID Number: 2019182170001

A worker lost control of an arbutus tree while falling it near overhead high-voltage distribution lines. The tree then fell across the 25 kV lines, causing 6 spans of lines to be affected. No injuries occurred.

Injury Type: Fractured vertebrae, sprained wrist

Core Activity: Tree services (not directly related to the forestry industry)

Location: Lower Mainland

Date of Incident: 2019-Jan

ID Number: 2019184470001

A worker was using a climbing rope system anchored in a notched V of a tree section 30-feet high. As the worker descended, the climbing rope came free of the anchor point. The worker fell about 20 feet to grade.

Injury Type: Head injury, multiple fractures

Core Activity: Independent or private primary or secondary school

Location: Lower Mainland

Date of Incident: 2018-Dec

ID Number: 2018181890030

On a windy day, a worker was found lying on the ground in a parking lot, behind an ATV the worker had been driving. The worker's helmet was fractured by a top of tree, found beside the worker.

Injury Type: Fatal

Core Activity: Tree services (not directly related to the forestry industry)

Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C.

Date of Incident: 2018-Dec

ID Number: 2018117640015

A worker had completed falling cuts on a dead hemlock tree (18 inches in diameter) at 47 feet above grade and directed the ground workers to pull on the rope that was tied to the 20-foot top section of the tree. The entire tree broke at the roots and fell onto a cement driveway. The worker sustained fatal injuries.

Injury Type: Lacerated hand, injury to leg (1 worker); Soft tissue injuries (1 worker)

Core Activity: Motion picture, commercial, or television production

Location: Lower Mainland

Date of Incident: 2018-Dec

ID Number: 2018177470027

As a worker was offloading a camera equipment cart (about 850 pounds) from the tailgate of a truck, the cart tipped over toward a second worker standing nearby. The first worker pushed the second worker out of the way of the falling cart, and the cart fell against the first worker.

Injury Type: Fatal

Core Activity: Outdoor sport tour

Location: Interior B.C.

Date of Incident: 2018-Dec

ID Number: 2018160850030

A sole proprietor was doing snowmobile guide work with guests in a remote area. The guide departed from the group to a different area, and lost control of the snowmobile. The snowmobile rolled over into a creek/drainage gully, trapping the guide under the snowmobile.

Injury Type: Exposure to carbon monoxide (11 workers)

Core Activity: Consulting engineering, geological, geophysical, or geochemical consulting, or construction management consulting / Architectural drafting or design

Location: Lower Mainland

Date of Incident: 2018-Dec

ID Number: 2018175380092

A worker was observed slumped over a desk. Emergency services attended and detected high levels of carbon monoxide. All occupants of the building were evacuated.

Injury Type: Temporary loss of consciousness, undetermined injuries to head and neck

Core Activity: Commercial laundry or linen, uniforms, or diaper supply

Location: Lower Mainland

Date of Incident: 2018-Dec

ID Number: 2018167090013

While retrieving commercial linen from a work table, a worker was struck by an overhead load of linen that was unexpectedly dropped onto the table. As the worker fell, the worker struck the table and the floor.

Injury Type: Lower body fracture, contusions

Core Activity: Window, gutter, or awning cleaning

Location: Lower Mainland

Date of Incident: 2018-Nov

ID Number: 2018181420074

A young worker fell 8 to 15 feet to a concrete driveway while climbing up the roof of a house.

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