WorkSafeBC Imposes Penalties in Canada Line Crane Operator Fatality
WorkSafeBC (British Columbia) has imposed administrative penalties totaling $315,343.71 against two firms involved in construction of the Canada Line rapid transit route associated with the death of a crane operator killed while working on the North Arm Bridge connecting the Vancouver and Richmond sections of the line.
Here’s What Happen
In 2008 the crane operator was using a small carry-deck crane as part of the ironworker crew installing bike path components onto the Vancouver side of the North Arm Bridge. When he attempted to move a load of hardware from the front deck of the crane to the bike path below by swinging it over the bridge guide-way, the crane tipped over on the driver’s side. The crane operator tried to exit the rear of the crane, but was pinched between the crane and the guide-way’s parapet wall and was killed instantly. (workersxzcompxzkit)
WorkSafeBC’s Investigation Conclusions
Four underlying factors contributed to the incident:
1. Insufficient supervision of the work
2. Load weights were not clearly presented
3. No effective system to measure operating radius
4. Insufficient training and experience of the operator
1. $233,535.58 imposed on the deceased worker’s employer and the joint- venture capitalist.
2. $81,808.13 imposed on the prime contractor of the Canada Line project.
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