Prepared by: WCB Prevention Division, Internet Services/Publications

This update contains details from selected "Notice of Accidents" (NOA)
received by the Prevention Division of the WCB. It is intended to
provide employers and workers with timely information about the
type of accidents occurring in their industry.

This information may help you prevent similar accidents in your
workplace.

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Thank-you for making the "Notice of Accidents" pilot for the construction
industry a success. As many of you have requested, we are now expanding
this pilot to include accidents reported for all industry sectors.

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PRIMARY RESOURCES
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Injury Type : 3 workers injured, including leg abrasion and neck and shoulder pain
Core Activity : Logging camp
Location : Northern BC
ID Number : 0127
Date of Accident : 2002-Apr

Three workers were injured when a propane explosion destroyed a 150-man logging camp, including buildings, trailers, vehicles, and equipment.

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MANUFACTURING
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Injury Type : Laceration to the back of the head
Core Activity : Meat products manufacturing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 0126
Date of Accident : 2002-Apr

A worker stepped into a moving ham rack, which runs on a monorail system. The worker fell backwards, hitting his head on a scale platform.

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Injury Type : Broken arm
Core Activity : Brick and block manufacturing
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 0130
Date of Accident : 2002-Apr

A worker was using a fixed ladder to leave the bottom of a sand pit. When he was approximately 10 feet up the ladder, he lost his grip and fell to the bottom of the pit.

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Injury Type : One worker had arm amputated at biceps, head lacerations, and possible skull fracture; three other workers may have been exposed to bloodborne pathogens
Core Activity : Galvanizing electroplating
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 0121
Date of Accident : 2002-Apr

A pendant-controlled bridge crane was being used to load a long (approx. 56 feet) steel beam onto a truck for transport. The beam moved inadvertently, striking the worker and amputating his arm. Three workers who rendered first aid may have been exposed to bloodborne pathogens. One of these workers also passed out and hit his head.

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Injury Type : Partial separation of one shoulder, bruising to side of body
Core Activity : Shipbuilding and repair
Location : Vancouver Island South
ID Number : 0128
Date of Accident : 2002-Apr

A worker was dismantling scaffolding and removing rope lashing and guardrails on the 15-foot level of scaffolding erected around a ship. When the engineered scaffold deck he stepped on dislodged and overturned, the worker fell, bounced off the decking at the 10-foot level, and landed on the ground level.

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CONSTRUCTION
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Injury Type : Bruising/Strain to head, neck, back, hips, arm
Core Activity : Construction, renovation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 0123
Date of Accident : 2002-Apr

A makeshift platform collapsed when a worker stepped onto it. The worker fell 5 feet to a sloped roof, then fell an additional 10 feet into a stairwell below.

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Injury Type : Collapsed lung, multiple rib fractures, bilateral clavicle fractures, spleen injury
Core Activity : Tunnelling
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 0119
Date of Accident : 2002-Mar

A worker was pinned between two mining rail cars while hooking the two cars together.

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Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Road maintenance
Location : Central Interior
ID Number : 0120
Date of Accident : 2002-Apr

While clearing debris from the side of the highway, a loader and operator were swept into the lake by a mudslide.

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Injury Type : Lacerations to forehead and face, torn muscle in lower back and thigh, bruised heel
Core Activity : Microwave tower installation
Location : Lower Mainland
ID Number : 0118
Date of Accident : 2002-Apr

The horizontal steel member to which a worker had attached his fall protection lanyard was dislodged during the dismantling of a microwave communication tower. Both the steel member and the worker fell approximately 15 feet to the ground.

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SERVICE SECTOR
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Injury Type : Fatal
Core Activity : Fundraising/Charitable organization
Location : South Okanagan / Kootenay
ID Number : 0125
Date of Accident : 2002-Feb

A worker driving on a highway died when the vehicle went out of control, slid across the highway and down an embankment, and landed on the driver's side.

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For fall protection requirements, see Part 11 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation:
http://www.healthandsafetycentre.org/fwd/a34.htm

For information on preventing exposure to bloodborne pathogens, see the WCB publication "HIV/AIDS, and Hepatitis B and C: Preventing Exposure at Work":
http://www.healthandsafetycentre.org/fwd/a35.htm

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