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WorkSafeBC fines Site C contractor $528,000

Worker injured after 40-foot fall
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Unit 2 penstock installation, March 2021.

Update:

BC Hydro says corrective actions have been taken after a Site C worker fell more than 40 feet during construction last fall.

The incident took place in November when the worker fell through a hole in a formwork shoring deck while working on the generating station.

The worker was taken to hospital with undisclosed injuries, and WorkSafe BC fined the AFDE Partnership $528,631.72 in March following an investigation of the incident.

"We take all safety incidents very seriously and we are committed to ensuring our contractors have the proper safety projects and procedures in place," said Site C spokesman Dave Conway.

"AFDE has fully complied with all WorkSafeBC orders for this incident. They have also implemented several additional corrective actions, including improved fall protection plans and coming up with alternative methods for this type of work in the future."

Conway said AFDE is responsible for paying the WorkSafe penalty, and that "there is no impact to the project budget."


Original story: 

A Site C contractor has been fined more than $500,000 after a worker fell 40 feet and was injured during construction.

The fine was issued to the AFDE Partnership on March 17 following a work site inspection after the accident, according to WorkSafeBC. 

The investigation found the  orker was wearing a fall protection harness but was not connected to a lifeline when they fell through a hole in a formwork shoring deck. The extent of the worker's injuries were not disclosed. 

“WorkSafeBC observed that the hole the worker fell through was one of multiple uncovered, unguarded openings in shoring decks within the work zone,” reads a report from WorkSafe.  “WorkSafeBC also observed a ladder that workers used to access work areas that placed them above erected guardrail sections.”

WorkSafe said its investigation found the company failed to provide a written fall protection plan and give workers the necessary training and supervision to ensure their health and safety. WorkSafe said it determined a fall protection plan had only been communicated verbally and did not include specific instructions on what fall protection system to use while accessing work areas.

"The firm failed to ensure fall protection was used, to have a written fall protection plan in place, and to ensure workers were instructed in the fall protection system to be used in their work area," WorkSafe reported. "The firm also failed to ensure floor openings were covered or guarded and identified, and to ensure there was a safe means of access and egress to each working level."

There was no evidence that anyone in a supervisory role checked on the workers to ensure work was being completed as planned, WorkSafe said.

"These were all high-risk violations," WorkSafe said.

The contractor was fined $528,631.72.


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