Overhead Hazard: Falling Icicles

Safety Alert Type: 
Worksites
Location: 
Comox Lake (Courtenay, BC)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2010-11-27
Company Name: 
Vanagrove Forest Contracting
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Crews heard a loud unfamiliar type of ‘crash’ sound that appeared to be located approximately one hundred meters distant from them, in the direction they were travelling. They decided to investigate and approached the site cautiously. 

Sheets of icicles were noted to be hanging from the rock bluffs in the area. As it was a sunny and warm day the icicle sheets were melting, causing them to fall randomly and splinter on the ground adjacent to the bottom of the bluffs, producing the loud ‘crash’ sound.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Be aware of the danger of ice falling from rock bluffs. This tends to occur on days when the weather conditions would melt the ice but could be a danger at other times. Work away from the danger area until it has been assessed safe to work there.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information, please email: Gord Gibbs at Vanagrovefc@gmail.com

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