October 2, 2013
Vancouver crane operator electrocuted
WorkSafe B.C. is investigating an incident today where a crane operator was electrocuted when his truck touched a live wire at a construction site in Vancouver.
“A worker was operating a truck-mounted mobile crane (Hiab), delivering wall panels to a residential construction site at 2921 East 29th Avenue in Vancouver this morning when the crane contacted a 7.5 KV powerline and the worker was electrocuted,” said WorksafeBC spokesperson Megan Johnston.
“WorkSafeBC Fatal and Serious Incident investigators are on scene interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence.”
The incident happened at about 10:20 am this morning. WorksafeBC can’t confirm an employer name or the name and age of the crane operator at this time.
Vancouver Fire department captain Gabe Roder said fire and rescue services also attended the scene. Roder confirmed that the crane operator was killed in the incident.
WorksafeBC investigators are currently on the scene.
“They will be determining whether there were any compliance issues and looking at what other workplace factors may have contributed to the tragic incident: for example, work planning, supervision, training, and condition and maintenance of equipment,” said Johnston.
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