Heavy lifting results in dislocated kneecap

Safety Alert Type: 
Klanawa Main Line Road, approx. 80km south of Port Alberni, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Surespan Construction Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Two workers were moving a heavy 3 foot trash pump from a forested area near their bridge construction site. The pump was located in a hollow below the road elevation (which was approximately 3 to 4 feet lower).

Both workers had repositioned the pump and themselves for the final manual lift to the road. During the lift, Worker #1 lifted his side of the pump up, his knee cap dislocated from its normal position to the lateral side of the knee (the outer area of his leg).

The First Aid Attendant - who was working onsite - was summoned immediately and began treatment, as per the company's Emergency Response Plan Serious Injury Procedure. The injured worker was placed on a spine board and transferred via the company’s Emergency Transport Vehicle.

Another worker contacted the BC Ambulance Service via the company satellite phone and asked the ambulance to meet the company ETV en route. The injured worker was then transferred by ambulance to the hospital in Port Alberni, where he received further medical treatment.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• If a load is too heavy to lift, use the appropriate hoisting equipment and rigging to move a load to a desired location. Follow applicable safe work practices and safe job procedures.

• Always follow the safe work practice for manual lifting and carrying. Ensure all personnel on site understand appropriate lifting techniques and when to ask for help or use equipment to lift loads.

• Ensure all workers - including subcontractors on site - know the location of the satellite phone and how to use it in the event of an emergency.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Angela Bester, Manager of Health & Safety, Surespan Construction Ltd. 604-998-1133 ext. 1018  angie@surespan.com


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