By law, an employer is required to notify the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Branch of a serious incident by the means of communication available. Serious Incident Alerts include descriptions of the actual serious incidents reported to WSH Branch and are provided to raise awareness and initiate preventative actions as appropriate.
The following five incidents occurred on Manitoba construction projects in September 2022:
- A skid steer inadvertently ran over a workers foot while driving away. Workers should always wear high-visibility safety apparel around powered mobile equipment and ensure they stand clear of moving machines. Review best practices with a toolbox talk.
- An air hose got tangled and worker made contact with nailer tip, which discharged a roof nail into their finger. When using air nailers, always be aware of the location of the nailer and the air hoses. Review best practices with our nail gun toolbox talk.
- A worker was walking down stairs that had a ramp to reach the bottom of the basement. The worker slipped in wet and muddy conditions, as the basement had recently been pumped out. They went to catch themselves, when their ankle got caught and injured. Ramps and stairs should always be clear of snow, ice, and mud accumulations. Review information on slips and trips.
- An excavation collapsed, causing an adjacent fence to fall into the excavation. Excavations must meet the minimum legislated requirements in regards to proper sloping/shoring for stabilization. For more info, watch our virtual toolbox talk or review Part 26.15 of the Workplace Safety and Health Regulation.
- A fire was observed at a construction site. Every jobsite must have the proper means to conduct the initial attack on a fire. Our toolbox talk on fire safety and extinguishers has more information.
To view previous serious incident reports, click here.
If you have concerns about the potential for a similar incident occurring on YOUR jobsite, speak to a CSAM safety advisor. Call 204-775-3171 in Winnipeg or 204-728-3456 in Brandon.