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WorkSafeBC (Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia), Notice of Incidents for all industry sectors.

Notices of Incidents - All Sectors
  • Hand seriously injured when cutting shingles
    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.

  • Hardhat cracked, injuries sustained when pipe wrench fell off tank
    Injury Type : Head, neck, and shoulder 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.

  • Lone worker assaulted during robbery attempt on night shift
    Injury Type : Concussion, facial injuries, strained neck
    Core Activity : Convenience store
    Location : Vancouver Island
    ID Number : 2010154960442
    Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

    A lone worker on the night shift at a 24-hour convenience store was physically assaulted during an attempted robbery (single robber). The worker was able to activate the emergency response system, which resulted in police response.

  • Gas leak occurred during coil tubing operations
    Injury Type : Close call
    Core Activity : Coil tubing operations
    Location : Northern BC
    ID Number : 2011144250029
    Date of Incident : 2011-Jan

    During gas well servicing operations, a coil tubing unit was pulling the coil tubing (a continuous string of steel pipe) out of a pressurized well. A kinked section of pipe was exposed and gas was observed leaking from the kinked section. The blowout preventer was closed and shortly after, the shear rams were closed, which stopped the leaking gas. No workers were injured.

  • Worker's face struck by nail from nail gun without shroud
    Injury Type : Injury to eye area
    Core Activity : Preparation for siding installation
    Location : Lower Mainland
    ID Number : 2010156730503
    Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

    A worker was installing strapping for siding when a nail from the worker's nail gun ricocheted and struck the worker in the eye area. The worker was not wearing safety glasses and the air nailer was not equipped with a shroud.

  • Young worker burned in gas explosion and flash fire
    Injury Type : Serious burns
    Core Activity : Gas well testing
    Location : Northern BC
    ID Number : 2011144250028
    Date of Incident : 2011-Jan

    A gas explosion and flash fire occurred while workers were purging a gas well testing incinerator with propane. This was being done in preparation for starting up the unit. A young worker sustained burns.

  • Concussion, facial injuries when rim exploded as tire was being inflated
    Injury Type : Mild concussion, facial lacerations and bruising
    Core Activity : Landscaping
    Location : Lower Mainland
    ID Number : 2010122700333
    Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

    A worker was inflating the rubber tire of a wheelbarrow when the rim exploded.


  • Injury Type : Shoulder injury, bruises, contusions (1 worker); bruises and contusions (2 workers)
    Core Activity : Well servicing
    Location : Northern BC
    ID Number : 2011165800007
    Date of Incident : 2011-Jan

    Three workers were being transported, from the worksite to a camp, in a "body job" truck equipped with a sleeper unit. The operator and one worker occupied the two seats in the cab; the other two workers were in the sleeper unit. The truck failed to negotiate a corner and entered a ditch.

  • Farm worker died when bicycle struck by motor vehicle
    Injury Type : Fatal
    Core Activity : Vegetable farming
    Location : Lower Mainland
    ID Number : 2010128680176
    Date of Incident : 2008-Aug

    A farm worker was travelling from a farm residence to the farming operation by bicycle when he was struck by a passing motor vehicle. The worker later died of his injuries.


  • Injury Type : Crush injury to fingertip
    Core Activity : Heavy equipment or machinery rentals
    Location : Northern BC
    ID Number : 2011165800004
    Date of Incident : 2011-Jan

    While assisting the operator of a mobile crane, a worker positioned his hand on the outrigger of the mobile crane. During the retraction of the outrigger, one of the worker's fingers was caught in a pinch point.

  • Leg fractured when grinding stone on handheld grinder shattered
    Injury Type : Fractured leg, bruises
    Core Activity : Bridge building
    Location : Vancouver Island
    ID Number : 2010158920224
    Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

    A worker changed the grinding stone on a handheld 5-inch grinder and proceeded to remove some excess concrete. The grinding wheel shattered and flying pieces struck the worker. The grinding wheel was rated at 6,000 rpm and the grinder at 10,000 rpm.

  • Driver crushed when delivery truck unexpectedly rolled forward
    Injury Type : Fatal
    Core Activity : Parcel delivery
    Location : Central Interior
    ID Number : 2010160850346
    Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

    A worker (delivery driver) delivering parcels parked on the side of the road in front of a residence. The worker was crushed when the delivery truck unexpectedly rolled forward and pinned him against a pickup truck parked in front of the delivery truck. He later died of his injuries.

  • 3 workers possibly exposed to asbestos during renovations
    Injury Type : Possible exposure to asbestos (3 workers)
    Core Activity : Renovating
    Location : Lower Mainland
    ID Number : 2010165930156
    Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

    Workers who were not wearing respirators or other protective equipment were removing building materials (flooring, drywall, roofing) from a wooden structure. The hazardous materials survey conducted after the work was nearly completed found that one of the materials removed contained asbestos.

  • Worker burned when roofing primer accumulated and ignited
    Injury Type : Serious burns
    Core Activity : Low slope roofing
    Location : Lower Mainland
    ID Number : 2010157560393
    Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

    Flammable vapours from a roofing primer accumulated in a hoarding enclosure and ignited when a torch was lit nearby. One of two workers in the area was engulfed in flames and had to run through the flames to safety.

  • Contusion injury to head while connecting sand pumper to farm tractor
    Injury Type : Head contusion
    Core Activity : Cranberry field work
    Location : Lower Mainland
    ID Number : 2010158910218
    Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

    A worker was connecting a sand pumper (a trailer-mounted machine for dispensing large volumes of sand) to a farm tractor via a hitch system consisting of three linkage arms. The worker was struck on the head by the upper linkage arm while connecting one of the two lower linkage arms.

  • Transformer fuse blew when aluminum ladder contacted residential service wires
    Injury Type : Close call
    Core Activity : Window and gutter cleaning
    Location : Lower Mainland
    ID Number : 2010112010110
    Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

    As a worker was cleaning gutters at a private residence, an aluminum ladder contacted 120-volt service wires. The fuse of the transformer supplying power to the service wires blew.

  • Worker died after falling down stairs, landing on concrete
    Injury Type : Fatal
    Core Activity : Car wash or auto detailing
    Location : Central Interior
    ID Number : 2010155980306
    Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

    A worker fell down a flight of 16 stairs and landed on the concrete below. The worker later succumbed to the injuries.

  • Broken ribs, internal injuries in fall through skylight to concrete
    Injury Type : Broken ribs, internal injuries
    Core Activity : Masonry
    Location : Lower Mainland
    ID Number : 2010157530422
    Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

    A worker stepped onto a tarped skylight, believing it was a stack of bricks, and fell through the skylight to the concrete floor 11 feet below.

  • Electric shock when screwdriver contacted 120-volt conductor
    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.

  • Hand crushed when caught between head of drill and table
    Injury Type : Crush injuries to hand
    Core Activity : Drilling
    Location : Lower Mainland
    ID Number : 2010154890286
    Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

    A worker was assisting the operator of a drilling rig and was using a wrench to break the drill steel. The worker's hand became caught between the head of the drill and the table.

  • Crab fishing vessel sunk when deck flooded
    Injury Type : Close call
    Core Activity : Crab fishing
    Location : Northern BC
    ID Number : 2010139050068
    Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

    A crab fishing vessel had just retrieved the last trap on board and made a porthand turn. During the turn, a series of large waves spilled onto the deck, laying the vessel over. Gear on the deck slid and blocked the scuppers, preventing the water from exiting the deck. Water then began to flood through the open galley door. The three crew members were able to depart in a life vessel before the crab fishing vessel sunk.

  • Head, shoulder injured in fall from stepladder while stocking shelves
    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.

  • Finger fracturedwhen caught in belt conveyor
    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.

  • Fractures, head injured when wood ejected from edger
    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

  • 2 workers exposed to carbon monoxide from gas-fired heater
    Injury Type : Dizziness, disorientation (2 workers)
    Core Activity : Industrial catering
    Location : Lower Mainland
    ID Number : 2010090822276
    Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

    Two workers were exposed to carbon monoxide emitted by a gas-fired "booster heater" used to maintain dishwasher water temperatures.

  • Worker died after falling down a flight of stairs
    Injury Type : Fatal
    Core Activity : Hotel
    Location : Vancouver Island
    ID Number : 2010116090092
    Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

    A worker fell down a flight of stairs and later died from the injuries.

  • Top blew off 400-barrel tank when filling process caused pressure
    Injury Type : Close call
    Core Activity : Oil or gas field servicing
    Location : Northern BC
    ID Number : 2011158820019
    Date of Incident : 2011-Jan

    Workers were filling a 400-barrel tank with hydrocarbon fluids (condensates) when the filling process caused a buildup of pressure in the tank. This overpressuring of the tank resulted in the top of the tank blowing off. No workers were injured.

  • Skull, shoulder, wrist fractured in fall while attaching membrane to roof
    Injury Type : Fractured skull, shoulder, wrist
    Core Activity : Steep slope roofing
    Location : Northern BC
    ID Number : 2010116110248
    Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

    A worker was preparing roof sheathing for the shingles by nailing on an ice and water shielding membrane at the edge of the roof. The worker was kneeling on the membrane when the nails released. The worker slid off the roof and fell to grade (9 feet, 10 inches).

  • Midsection bruised when pinned by tracked carrier
    Injury Type : Bruised midsection
    Core Activity : Water well, foundational, or directional drilling
    Location : Lower Mainland
    ID Number : 2010165810343
    Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

    A worker was pinned against the back of a trailer wall by a tracked carrier. The worker had started the ignition of the carrier while standing in front of the machine. The carrier climbed the chocks and pinned the worker before finally stalling out. A nearby co-worker assisted immediately.

  • 3 workers held hostage during robbery at fast food restaurant
    Injury Type : Violence in the workplace (3 workers)
    Core Activity : Fast food outlet
    Location : Northern BC
    ID Number : 2010111080148
    Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

    Three workers were held hostage during a robbery.

  • Logging truck rolled over off the side of a resource road
    Injury Type : Close call
    Core Activity : Log hauling
    Location : Central Interior
    ID Number : 2010160530274
    Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

    An empty logging truck went off the side of a resource road and rolled over onto its roof.

  • Faller struck by butt of log bucked off felled tree
    Injury Type : Close call
    Core Activity : Manual falling
    Location : Vancouver Island
    ID Number : 2010158930336
    Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

    A faller's leg was struck by a short portion (long butt) of a log that he had bucked off a felled tree.

  • Abdominal injuries in fall from second storey onto rocks
    Injury Type : Abdominal injuries
    Core Activity : Pressure washing
    Location : Lower Mainland
    ID Number : 2010156730474
    Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

    A worker was pressure washing on a 2-storey roof. He unhooked his fall protection system to move his lifeline, stepped on a rain runner (piece of metal which channels water from the downspout to the gutter to protect the roof shingle), and slipped off the roof. The worker fell about 18 feet and landed on large rocks

  • Worker exposed to H2S from vent line of tank truck
    Injury Type : Exposure to H2S gas
    Core Activity : Oilfield hauling
    Location : Northern BC
    ID Number : 2010124490162
    Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

    A worker operating a tank truck (large oilfield truck and trailer used to haul oilfield fluids) opened a vent line attached to the trailer of the unit. The opening of the vent line resulted in the worker being directly exposed to a release of sour vapours (H2S gas) venting from the tank. The worker experienced nausea and dizziness and was transported to hospital for treatment.

  • Driver died when loaded chip truck crashed on highway
    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.

  • Back injured when worker slipped on ice at client's home
    Injury Type : Back injury
    Core Activity : Community health services
    Location : Vancouver Island
    ID Number : 2010163500154
    Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

    A worker was leaving a client's home during evening hours and slipped on ice.

  • Hand seriously injured when feller buncher tipped over
    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.

  • Worker died when concrete wall form fell over
    Injury Type : Fatal
    Core Activity : Concrete formwork
    Location : Lower Mainland
    ID Number : 2010117080327
    Date of Incident : 2010-Dec

    A wall form (gang form) fell over onto a worker.

  • Finger lacerated by steel strapping on shrink-wrapped pallet
    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.

  • Back injured when wooden stair stringer broke
    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.

  • Crush injury, fractures, internal injuries when pickup truck rolled over into ditch
    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.

  • Unfired explosives found during construction in former rock quarry
    Injury Type : Close call
    Core Activity : Construction
    Location : Vancouver Island
    ID Number : 2010161740472
    Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

    While working on a construction project in an old rock quarry, a blasting crew exposed some undetonated explosives believed to be from the time the quarry was developed. Primed explosives were destroyed by the blaster of record. The next day the blasting crew discovered a loose detonator and two sticks of explosives. The site was shut down, and WorkSafeBC attended to assist the blaster of record with safe work procedures to clear the site of unfired explosives before work resumed.

  • Hand lacerated by blade of running chop saw
    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.

  • Hip injured in fall from roof while fall protection was arresting
    Injury Type : Hip injuries
    Core Activity : Shingle roofing
    Location : Northern BC
    ID Number : 2010146890196
    Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

    A worker was applying shingles to a 4/12 pitch roof when he slipped and fell 18 feet to grade. The worker was using a personal fall protection system at the time of the accident, but he struck the ground as the system was arresting.

  • Discharge hose fell to ground when device from which it was suspended failed
    Injury Type : Close call
    Core Activity : Lifting discharge pipe for drill rig
    Location : Central Interior
    ID Number : 2010126770155
    Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

    A well drilling rig was to be moved to a new location. Workers were lifting a discharge hose weighing about 400 pounds. The discharge hose was suspended by a cable-style whip-check device. The cable on this device failed where it is clamped together and the discharge hose fell to the ground, narrowly missing two workers.

  • Hand bruised when caught in drilling machine hold-down clamp
    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.

  • Truck axle fell into river when bridge collapsed
    Injury Type : Close call
    Core Activity : Log hauling
    Location : Vancouver Island
    ID Number : 2010157620246
    Date of Incident : 2010-Oct

    A bridge collapsed as a loaded highway logging truck was crossing. The rear axle fell about 12 feet to the river below. The driver, who was wearing a seat belt, was uninjured.

  • Hand injured when forklift mast dropped suddenly
    Injury Type : Crush injuries to hand, amputated fingertips
    Core Activity : Forklift operation
    Location : Lower Mainland
    ID Number : 2010163730263
    Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

    While a forklift was operating, its mast became jammed in the elevated position. When the operator attempted to release the mast, it suddenly became free and dropped onto the worker's hand.

  • Worker stuck by needle while suturing wound
    Injury Type : Needlestick injury
    Core Activity : Medical clinic
    Location : Lower Mainland
    ID Number : 2010165700142
    Date of Incident : 2010-Sep

    A worker was suturing a wound. As the worker unclipped the suture from the needle driver, the needle poked one of the worker's fingers. The patient had a bloodborne disease.

  • Log transporters collide head-on on resource road
    Injury Type : Close call
    Core Activity : Log hauling
    Location : Central Interior
    ID Number : 2010034450392
    Date of Incident : 2010-Nov

    A loaded log transporter entered a resource road from a spur, after calling "27.5 kilometres down." The loaded transporter collided head-on with a returning empty log transporter, at 26.25 km of the resource road. Both drivers were wearing seat belts and neither driver was injured.

 

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