Slip and fall on dock results in fractured ankle

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
Quatsino dryland sort (northern Vancouver Island)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2012-03-20
Company Name: 
Western Forest Products
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Worker was walking from main dock to second dock (see photos in attached pdf). The elevation of Dock B was approx. 12-14” lower than Dock A, and separated approximately 14” horizontally.

A piece of wet plywood was unsecured and laying unevenly on Dock B. As he stepped from Dock A to the plywood on Dock B, the worker’s feet slipped out from under him, causing him to fall, resulting in a fractured ankle.

Dock B was in a state of disrepair and although plans were in place to replace the structure, safe walk routes were not created for short term use while dock was still in service.

Learnings and Suggestions:

• Position of the two docks did not allow for a controlled step

• Wet conditions caused the wood to be slippery

• People became desensitized to the condition of the dock and didn’t realize it was slowly getting worse

• Poor housekeeping practices

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Don’t become complacent with deteriorating structures. Report concerns and modify the site to provide a safe work environment (ie. implement a “No Work Zone” or immediate repair/replacement)

• Risk Assessment – wood becomes slippery when wet. Plan appropriate route.

• Know how tide movement will affect dock position. Rising tide - docks come together; dropping tide - docks pull apart.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information, contact: Roger Briscoe: 250-956-5241 or Brad Baron: 250-284-6222 extension 1

File attachments
Slip and fall on dock results in fractured ankle.pdf
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