Labourer Injured by Broken Board

Safety Alert Type: 
BC Southern Interior
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Harlow Creek Contracting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A labourer was helping adjust the walls of a metal building being constructed – the workers were pushing metal sheets into place by pushing / prying with a 2” x 6” x 16’ hemlock board.

The board was bowed from the action of the workers pushing on it. The board broke into two pieces (at the location of spike knot running across the surface of the board), and one of the pieces sprang back and struck the labourer on the left, front of head.

A qualified Occupational Level One First Aid attendant attended to the labourer on site. The wound was bleeding profusely, so the attendant applied pressure to the wound through and absorbent pad and had the labourer driven to Arrow Lakes hospital to receive further medical treatment. The labourer received 15 staples to close the wound, and the worker did not return to work – the incident is recorded as a lost-time incident.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1. Persons should use engineered / recommended tools only to push / pry objects into place. Ensure that the tools are maintained, inspected, and tested before using them.
2. Personnel should be instructed in all safe work practices related to their job before the job begins.

File attachments
2007-11-01 Labourer Injured by Broken Board.pdf
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