October 7, 2013
Workers injured at two Greater Vancouver job sites
Worksafe BC is investigating two separate incidents in which a man fell from a three story structure under construction in Vancouver and another was electrocuted at a site in Burnaby.
“A worker at a commercial construction site at 2008 Rosser Ave, Burnaby, came into contact with a 480-volt electrical current,” said WorksafeBC spokesperson Megan Johnston. “The worker was employed by Fenix Energy Solutions, which was contracted to do geothermal work for this Appia Developments project.”
The incident happened on Sept. 26 at about 10 a.m. at a construction site near Lougheed Highway and Willingdon Avenue.
Johnston said the worker was taken to hospital and was reported to be in serious condition. WorkSafeBC officers attended the scene to determine if any compliance issues may have contributed to this incident.
The Appia Developments project, which is named the Solo District for South of Lougheed, involves the construction of four residential towers, as well as about 100,000 square feet of shops and 400,000 square feet of office space over six acres.
The second incident also occurred on Sept. 26 at about 2 p.m. at 598 East Kent Ave., near the south end of Fraser Street in Vancouver.
“A worker, employed by West Harbour Electric, was working on the roof of a 3-storey building when the worker fell from the roof edge to a concrete surface at grade,” said Johnston. “The worker, who was not wearing fall protection, was taken to hospital and received medical attention.”
It was reported that the worker received minor injuries.
WorkSafeBC officers attended the scene to determine what if any compliance issues may have contributed to this incident.
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