Firm fined more than $500K after worker falls 40 feet

Posted May 13, 2021

Recently a construction partnership was fined $528,631.72 after a worker was injured at a construction site in Peace River, B.C.  The firm’s worksite was a hydroelectric dam under construction in the district.

The incident occurred when a worker was injured after falling around 40 ft. (12.2 meters) from a formwork shoring deck.

To accommodate the installation of future shoring tower components, holes had been cut out in the deck.  While on the site, the worker – who had been wearing fall protection but was not connected to a lifeline – fell through one of the holes while walking along the deck.

You can read the full details posted in the most recent article from the Canadian Occupational Safety newsletter by clicking HERE.

This article highlights the importance of not only having the correct safety equipment/measures in place but having them in place and wearing/using them correctly.