September 12, 2012
Worker jumps from the burning bucket of a crane
A construction worker suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital after he jumped from the burning bucket of a crane in Surrey B.C. last week.
“The worker was in the bucket of a boom crane with a saw cutting a concrete BC Hydro pole,” said WorkSafeBC spokesperson Megan Johnston.
“He was up in the bucket about 16 feet, removing the poll in sections, and the saw ran out of gas. When it was being refilled, some of the fuel fell into the bucket and ignited as the sawing resumed. The worker jumped from the bucket to escape the flames.”
The incident happened in the early afternoon on Sept 11 in the area of 3A Ave and 171st St. in Surrey.
The 29-year-old man is employed by RS Line Construction, which is contracted by BC Hydro to remove the electrical poles.
The worker was taken to hospital with a broken wrist and other non-life-threatening injuries.
WorkSafeBC is investigating.
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