Overview

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) issues notices after a fatality, to help industry prevent similar incidents. Industry notices are an educational resource. They don’t identify violations of OHS legislation or lay blame on work site parties.

  • Agriculture and forestry

    Incident Notice 2016-06

    Type: Struck / Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A worker lost control of an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) the worker was operating and was ejected from the unit, striking the workers head resulting in fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Assess hazards when conditions change and use control measures to eliminate or control the identified hazards.
    • Ensure the use of helmets when operating ATVs.
    • Ensure emergency response plans are established.
    • Prior to operating any equipment, ensure the operator reads and understands the operators' manual.
    • Ensure the operator read and follow the manufacturer's recommended safety procedures including wearing protective head gear.
    • Ensure equipment is maintained to perform the function for which it was designed or intended.

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    Incident Notice 2016-16

    Type: Crush / Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A worker was in the process of transferring a load of oats from the grain truck into a silo when the worker was pinned between the frame and the box of the truck. The worker suffered fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Before work begins, assess the work site to identify existing or potential hazards.
    • Workers must not place themselves in the 'line of fire' of potential hazardous energy.
    • If working alone, ensure a working alone policy is in place and followed by workers.
    • Work areas around powered mobile equipment must be checked for any potential dangers to workers before moving equipment at any time.

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    Incident Notice 2016-18

    Type: Struck by Equipment / Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A worker was in the process of priming a diesel-powered water transfer pump when the hose detached under pressure, striking the worker and causing fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Before work begins, assess the work site to identify existing or potential hazards.
    • Workers must not place themselves in the ‘line of fire’ of potential hazardous energy.
    • Ensure equipment is installed and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications.

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    Incident Notice 2016-19

    Type: Fall / Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    Work was being conducted in an underground drainage tunnel. A worker was injured when the conveyor equipment moved, pinning the worker between the equipment and the wall of the tunnel resulting in fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Before work begins, assess the work site to identify existing or potential hazards.
    • Ensure safeguards are provided if a worker may accidentally, or through the work process, come into contact with moving parts of equipment.
    • Workers must not place themselves in the ‘line of fire’ of potential hazardous energy.
    • Assess hazards when conditions change and take the necessary control measures to eliminate or control the identified hazards.
    • Ensure that all safety and lock out devices are engaged.

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    Incident Notice 2015-12

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    Two workers were using a boom-supported aerial device to perform maintenance on a large tank which contained corrosive liquid. During the work process, the tire of the boom-supported aerial device contacted a pipe associated with the tank causing a release of the corrosive liquid. The workers were exposed which resulted in one worker’s death.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Identify existing and potential hazards before work begins
    • Consider using spotters when using mobile equipment around high hazard areas
    • Ensure powered mobile equipment is maintained and operating according to manufacturer specifications

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    Incident Notice 2014-06

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A worker was working alone, falling trees. The worker partially cut a tree near the base, and then climbed the tree to cut off the top. While the worker was near the tree top, the tree shifted, broke at the partial cut, and fell. The worker sustained fatal injuries in the fall to the ground.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Develop a Working Alone policy.
    • Develop safe work procedures for falling trees.
    • Utilize appropriate cutting methods, including correct notch and undercut methods.

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    Incident Notice 2014-32

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A worker was securing equipment to a flatbed trailer, while another worker was operating a feller-buncher harvesting timber nearby.  A piece of tree debris from the harvesting operation struck the worker securing equipment, causing fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Assess and control hazards associated with tree felling operations
    • Ensure workers are not within range of a powered mobile equipment and at a distance of not less than twice the height of the tallest tree away from the immediate area in which felling is taking place
    • If a self-propelled mechanized feller is operating, ensure workers remain at least the minimum distance prescribed by the manufacturer of the feller away from the immediate area in which felling is taking place

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  • Business and professional services

    Incident Notice 2016-07

    Type: Struck by Object / Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A worker was welding on a wheel assembly (tire and rim) to repair a leak, when the tire came off the rim and struck the worker causing fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Assess hazards when conditions change and use control measures to eliminate or control the identified hazards.
    • Workers must not place themselves in the 'line of fire' of potential hazardous energy.
    • If working alone, ensure a working alone policy is in place and followed by workers.
    • Ensure emergency response plans are established.

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    Incident Notice 2014-13

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    Two workers were in the process of changing the brakes on a company vehicle when the vehicle tipped to one side and fell off the jacks the vehicle was on. One worker sustained fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Use appropriate equipment for tasks.
    • Immobilize equipment to prevent accidental movement.
    • Only engage in work that you are trained and required to perform.

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    Incident Notice 2014-14

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A worker was doing maintenance work underneath a commercial vehicle when the vehicle rolled back, trapping the worker and causing fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Equipment must be secured against unintentional movement.
    • Always assess the existing and potential hazards asses at the work site.
    • Identified hazards are controlled and eliminated.
    • Workers affected by the hazards are informed of the hazards and methods used to control or eliminate them.

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  • Construction and construction trades

    Incident Notice 2016-03

    Type: Fall / Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A worker was near the edge of a flat roof preparing to lower equipment and material to the ground. The worker fell approximately 10 metres resulting in fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • If a control zone is feasible to protect workers on a flat roof, ensure the control zone distance is clearly identifiable to workers by a raised warning system.
    • Guardrails are the best protection but if they cannot be used, develop a fall protection plan when a worker may fall three metres or more.
    • Assess hazards when conditions change and use the control measures to eliminate or control the identified hazards.

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    Incident Notice 2016-04

    Type: Fall / Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A worker was welding a new petroleum storage tank. The worker fell approximately 18 metres from the scaffold, resulting in fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Review fall protection plans to ensure appropriate equipment is selected.
    • Assess hazards when conditions change and take the necessary control measures to eliminate or control the identified hazards.
    • Ensure workers are familiar with site emergency response plans.

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    Incident Notice 2016-05

    Type: Struck by object / Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    Workers were replacing a waterline in an excavation. The bucket detached from the hydraulic excavator striking the worker in the excavation resulting in fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Employers are responsible to ensure that operators of powered mobile equipment are competent to operate powered mobile equipment.
    • Ensure powered mobile equipment is maintained and operating according to manufacturer’s specifications.
    • Work areas around powered mobile equipment must be checked for any potential dangers to workers before moving equipment at any time.

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    Incident Notice 2016-08

    Type: Crush / Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A tower crane crew were dismantling a tower crane with the assistance of a mobile crane rental company. While attempting to remove the apex section of the tower crane, the suspended apex swung from its mounting position and struck and crushed a worker. The worker sustained fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Assess hazards when conditions change and take the necessary control measures to eliminate or control the identified hazards.

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    Incident Notice 2016-10

    Type: Exposure / Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A security guard was working the night shift monitoring video surveillance of the building from an office location. Worker was found the next morning in the security office deceased due to carbon monoxide exposure.

    Safety Reminders:

    • If a worker is working alone, ensure there is an effective and regular communication system between the worker and the employer or employer’s designate.
    • Follow the equipment manufacturer’s service and maintenance instructions.
    • Ensure engineering control mechanisms are fully operational and maintained according to manufacturer’s specifications.

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    Incident Notice 2016-11

    Type: Fall / Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    Worker fell approximately 7.6 metres from a scaffold, sustaining fatal head and neck injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Assess hazards when conditions change and take the necessary control measures to eliminate or control the identified hazards.
    • Workers working above a vertical distance of 3 metres require a fall protection system where guardrails cannot be used.
    • Review fall protection plans to ensure appropriate equipment is selected.
    • Assemble scaffold in accordance with manufacturer specifications.

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    Incident Notice 2016-14

    Type: Crush / Fatality (two workers)

    Incident Summary:

    During a road construction project, a piece of heavy equipment rolled over and fatally injured two workers.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Assess hazards when conditions change and take the necessary control measures to eliminate or control the identified hazards.
    • Consider the speed of the moving vehicles and the duties and work location of workers relative to vehicles and powered mobile equipment.
    • Ensure powered mobile equipment is maintained and operating according to manufacturer’s specifications.

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    Incident Notice 2016-20

    Type: Fall / Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A worker was installing siding on a new residential construction project. The worker fell four metres from a pump jack scaffold resulting in fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Before work begins, assess the work site to identify existing or potential hazards.
    • Workers working above a vertical distance of three metres require a fall protection system.
    • Review fall protection plans to ensure appropriate equipment is selected.
    • Ensure equipment is installed and maintained in accordance with the manufacturers specifications.

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    Incident Notice 2015-02

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A truck driver was attempting to unload the contents of their dump truck. While the box of the dump truck was elevated, the operator was positioned at the tailgate. The gate inadvertently opened and the contents buried the truck driver. Co-workers uncovered the unresponsive operator, administered first aid and called 911. The truck driver was taken to hospital and succumbed to injuries a few days later.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Workers must not place themselves in the ‘Line of Fire’ of potential hazardous energy
    • Assess hazards when conditions change and take the necessary control measures to eliminate or control the identified hazards
    • Be familiar with safe work procedures for equipment and unloading materials
    • Ensure workers are familiar with site emergency response plans

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    Incident Notice 2015-03

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A worker was in a 4.27 metre deep trench completing a sewer line hook up when the wall of the trench collapsed burying the worker. The worker sustained fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • If workers must access an excavation, ensure walls are secured by shoring, engineered stabilization methods, or cut back to protect the workers from soil cave-ins
    • Ensure the leading edge of any spoil piles are at least 1 metre away from the edge of the excavation
    • For trenches that are more than 1.5 metres deep, ensure that workers have a safe point of entering and exiting that is not more than 8 metres away

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    Incident Notice 2015-04

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    Using an overhead crane a worker suspended a heavy load using rigging attached to the load’s lifting lug. The worker positioned their body under the suspended load to perform maintenance work. The lifting lug failed, causing the load to fall, striking the worker. The worker sustained fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Ensure equipment is installed and maintained in accordance with the manufacturers specifications
    • When workers are required to rig loads, ensure workers are competent to assess the weight of the load, the rigging limitations, and the integrity of the lifting equipment
    • Whenever possible, perform maintenance work without suspending the equipment
    • Thoroughly inspect rigging prior to use

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    Incident Notice 2015-07

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A welder was performing welding activities on the roof of a building under construction. During the course of the worker's duties, the welder removed his fall protection equipment. Shortly thereafter the worker fell from the roof top sustaining fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Workers working above a vertical distance of 3 meters require a fall protection system.
    • Develop a fall protection plan when a worker may fall 3 meters or more, if not protected by guardrails.
    • If a control zone is feasible to protect workers on a flat roof, ensure the control zone distance is clearly identifiable to workers by a raised warning system.

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    Incident Notice 2015-08

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A worker was cutting a precast concrete cylinder using a portable gas-powered saw. The precast concrete cylinder was positioned near the counterweight of an excavator. The operator of the excavator rotated inadvertently pinching the worker against the concrete cylinder. The worker sustained significant injuries and died on scene.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Work areas around powered mobile equipment must be checked for any potential dangers to workers before moving equipment at any time
    • Workers must be alerted to any proposed movement of powered mobile equipment to ensure that they are out of danger areas posed by the equipment
    • Employers are responsible to ensure that operators of powered mobile equipment are competent to operate powered mobile equipment

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    Incident Notice 2015-11

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    An installation worker was installing a permanent guardrail system on an operating tower unit. During the construction process, a component of the workers personal fall protection system became entangled in the tower unit’s moving machinery. The worker was pulled into the moving machinery. The worker died from the injuries sustained.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Assess all hazardous energy sources before machinery or equipment is serviced or repaired
    • Ensure that all safety and lock out devices are engaged
    • Follow equipment manufacturers service and maintenance instructions

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    Incident Notice 2014-07

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    Two mobile equipment operators were operating track hoe excavators on a berm of material that was sitting on a sheet of ice. One of the excavators broke through the ice and sank into the water below with the operator inside. The operator did not survive.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Carefully assess all existing and potential hazards.
    • Follow established best practices for working on ice.

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    Incident Notice 2014-09

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    Workers were troubleshooting an electrical distribution system to determine the location of a ground fault. In doing so, the workers removed transformer cover panels. During testing, one of the workers made contact with an energized component and was fatally electrocuted.

    Safety Reminders for Industry:

    • Ensure proper lock out/tag out procedures are implemented and followed
    • Maintain communication to all workers involved in a task
    • Eliminate access to exposed energized parts
    • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment for the task

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    Incident Notice 2014-20

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    Two workers were working on a recently installed ventilation system. One worker was examining the ventilation system on the roof. During the examination, the ventilation unit fell onto the worker causing fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Equipment is restrained or protected from being dislodged or moved to eliminate the potential danger to workers.
    • Before the work begins, assess the work site to identify existing or potential hazards
    • Identified potential or existing hazards are eliminated or controlled.
    • Ventilation systems must be designed, installed and maintained with established engineering principles.

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    Incident Notice 2014-24

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A worker, while working alone, was using a vertical fixed ladder to access a second story roof to service a heating unit. The worker was later found deceased on the ground near the base of the ladder.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Fixed ladders installed on or after April 30, 2004 meet the requirements of the PIP Standard STF5501, Fixed Ladders and Cages (Feb. 2002), published by the Construction Industry Institute
    • Effective communication systems are in place for working alone which include regular contact at intervals appropriate to the nature of the hazard.

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    Incident Notice 2014-26

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    Two workers (one a temporary worker from a staffing agency) were removing a section of cinderblock wall to install a bay door. The workers removed two vertical columns of cinderblocks and a row of blocks near the perimeter of the door opening, leaving a free-standing 3m x 4m section of wall reinforced with rebar. The workers cut the rebar supports near the base of the wall section. While one worker was cleaning up block debris, the wall collapsed onto the worker causing fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Workers are aware of existing and potential hazards related to cinderblock wall demolition.
    • A competent worker designated by the employer is in charge of the demolition work at all times while work is in progress.
    • A wall or other part of the building or structure is not left unstable or in danger of collapsing unintentionally.
    • A professional engineer is consulted if demolition activities affect the structural integrity of a building.

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    Incident Notice 2014-27

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A worker was positioned on a ladder to install a fire proofing devices at new retail site. When a co-worker returned to the work area, the worker was discovered on the ground with serious injuries. Worker died in hospital with injuries sustained by falling.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Approximately 15% of workplace fatalities in Alberta are the result of falls.
    • A workers centerof balance is at the centre of the ladder at all times.
    • Three-point contact is maintained whenever the worker extends an arm beyond a side rail.
    • Portable ladders are secured against movement and are placed on a stable base.

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    Incident Notice 2014-28

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    Workers were using an excavator and a bulldozer to move large concrete blocks. While the bulldozer operator was securing a concrete block onto the ripper of the bulldozer, the excavator operator reversed the excavator towards the bulldozer. A track on the excavator hit the edge of the concrete block, pushing it towards the back end of bulldozer. The bulldozer operator was fatality crushed between the concrete block and the bulldozer.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Use a designated signal person or spotter
    • If a powered mobile equipment operator’s view of the equipment’s path of travel is obstructed, the powered mobile equipment has a warning device, automatic system, or method appropriate to the hazards of the work site to protect other workers from injury
    • Ensure workers are not within range of a moving load or powered mobile equipment
    • Effective communication is established and maintained between workers

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    Incident Notice 2014-29

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A worker was maintaining the hydraulics on a skid steer machine while the lift arms and bucket attachment were suspended. Hydraulic pressure was released, causing the lift arms and bucket attachment to fall. The worker was pinned between one of the lift arms and the frame of the skid steer, causing fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Manage all hazardous energy before machinery or equipment is serviced or repaired
    • Ensure that all safety and lock out devices are engaged
    • Follow equipment manufacturer service and maintenance instructions
    • Elevated parts being maintained are blocked or lowered to prevent accidental movement

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    Incident Notice 2014-30

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A worker was shoveling snow off a tin roof of a 2 story commercial building. The roof had a slight grade to it and when the worker neared an unguarded edge, the worker slipped and fell approximately 8.2 metres to the ground. The worker sustained fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Workers are protected from falling from temporary or permanent work areas when the vertical fall distance is 3 metres or more
    • Develop a fall protection plan when a worker may fall 3 metres or more and they are not protected by guardrails
    • Ensure workers are aware of potential hazards relating to roof grade and slippery surfaces

    Safety Resources:

  • Manufacturing, packaging and processing

    Incident Notice 2016-02

    Type: Fall / Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A worker accessed the top of a vessel with a scissor lift;  unclipped the harness and stepped out of the lift onto the vessel. The worker fell off the vessel 5.7 metres to the concrete floor sustaining critical injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Before work begins, assess the work site to identify existing or potential hazards.

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    Incident Notice 2016-12

    Type: Buried / Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    Three workers were buried beneath ground phosphate rock while trying to dislodge large rocks over a grate that feeds a chute onto an underground conveyor. One worker was fully buried, the other two workers were able to pull free and attempts were made to free the buried worker. The buried worker succumbed to their injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Assess hazards when conditions change and take the necessary control measures to eliminate or control the identified hazards.
    • Be familiar with safe work procedures for equipment and unloading materials.
    • Ensure the leading edge of any spoil piles are at least 1 metre away from the edge of the excavation.

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    Incident Notice 2014-03

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A worker was preparing to fill compressed breathing air cylinders at the designated cylinder filling area. A second worker was using a skid steer loader to transport the empty cylinders to the filling area. While reversing the skid steer loader near the cylinder filling area, the loader operator struck and drove over other worker causing fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Use a designated signal person or spotter
    • Visually inspect the area into which the equipment will move
    • Identify restricted access to areas around powered mobile equipment
    • Ensure powered mobile equipment has an adequate warning device where an operator’s view of the travel path is not clear
    • When possible use designated walkways that separate pedestrian traffic from areas where powered mobile equipment is operating

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    Incident Notice 2014-04

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A worker who was preforming clean up duties walked outside into the sawmill yard. At the same time, a second worker was in the sawmill yard driving a front-end loader in reverse. The worker was struck by the front-end loader and sustained fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • When possible use designated walkways that separate pedestrian traffic from areas where powered mobile equipment is operating.
    • Develop safe work procedures for pedestrians in traffic areas.
    • Pedestrian workers in traffic areas wear high visibility vests.
    • Assess and control all existing and potential hazards associated with pedestrians and powered mobile equipment traffic areas.

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    Incident Notice 2014-15

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A young worker was clearing gravel material with a shovel near the tail pulley area of a gravel crusher assembly when the worker got caught near the rotating conveyor shaft. The worker was pulled towards the conveyor, into the assembly and sustained fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Ensure ample training time and supervision for young and new workers
    • Assess hazards of rotating equipment or moving parts and implement controls to prevent workers from coming into contact with hazardous rotating equipment
    • Ensure proper guarding and safety switches are installed on machinery where required

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    Incident Notice 2014-17

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A worker was manually loading solid steel rod onto an outdoor cantilever steel storage rack. The rack collapsed onto the worker, causing crushing and impaling injuries. The worker passed away due to injuries the next day.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Assemble, install, maintain storage racking (pallet, cantilever, push-back, drive-in, deep-reach, portable, etc.) according to manufacturer’s specifications
    • Refer to storage rack manufacturers for user manuals, design guides, installation instructions, specifications, load charts, and product safety information
    • Do not cut, weld, or modify storage racks unless authorized by the manufacturer or a professionally certified engineer
    • Inspect storage racking for signs of damage

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    Incident Notice 2014-18

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    Workers were using a fork lift to move a grader cab enclosure. While the forklift was in operation, one of the workers was walking alongside the moving load. The grader cab enclosure fell off the forklift and landed on the worker causing fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Secure equipment and materials before lifting, moving or transporting.
    • Use appropriate equipment for lifting, lowering, pulling, carrying, handling or transporting heavy or awkward loads.
    • Identify and control existing and potential hazards before work begins.
    • Workers are not to be permitted within range of a moving load or any other part of powered mobile equipment if there is a danger to workers.
    • Operators of powered mobile equipment must not move a load or the equipment if a worker is exposed to the danger.

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    Incident Notice 2014-21

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    In an attempt to remove a blockage from a pipe system, workers were adding steam and water into the blocked line. A worker was later draining the pipe system when a sudden surge of water and steam was released onto the worker causing serious burns. The worker later died from the injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Ensure that all sources of hazardous energy release have been identified, isolated and secured.
    • Assess hazards when work site conditions change and take the necessary control measures to eliminate or control the identified hazards.
    • When a piping system containing a harmful substance under pressure is being serviced, work is not performed until the flow in the piping has been stopped or regulated to a safe level and the location where the work is carried out is isolated and secured.

    Safety Resources:

  • Mining and petroleum development

    Incident Notice 2016-01

    Type: Explosion / Fatality (two workers)

    Incident Summary:

    An explosion occurred inside a compressor building at an upgrading facility. The workers were changing out valves on a compressor when the explosion occurred. Two workers were fatally injured.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Assess all hazardous energy sources before machinery or equipment is serviced or repaired.
    • Assess hazards when conditions change and take the necessary control measures to eliminate or control the identified hazards.
    • Ensure emergency response plans are established.

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    Incident Notice 2016-09

    Type: Exposure / Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A worker entered a vessel that was under a nitrogen purge and was using a Supplied Air Breathing Apparatus (SABA). The worker went into distress immediately upon entering the vessel, resulting in a fatality.

    Safety Reminders:

    • A confined space means a restricted space which may become hazardous to a worker. If workers are required to enter a confined space, special precautions are required to protect them from a potentially injurious or lethal atmospheres (flammability, explosivity or toxicity), oxygen depletion or enrichment, or situations of possible entrapment.
    • Examples of confined spaces include: process vessels, tanks, silos, storage bins/units, vats, pipelines, sewers, boilers, and pits.
    • Ensure workers are familiar with the Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) Code of practice.
    • Ensure respirators are properly cleaned, stored and maintained.
    • Ensure workers have been fit tested and a positive seal check with the respirator.
    • Consideration should be given to using double action locks on all air line connections.

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    Incident Notice 2016-15

    Type: Fall / Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A group of workers was digging for clay. One worker was standing on the edge of an excavation made with a track hoe, the edge collapsed and a person fell into the excavation becoming partially buried. Two other workers entered the excavation to try and recover the partially buried person when a second collapse occurred. The first worker to fall was completely buried resulting in fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Before work begins, assess the work site to identify existing or potential hazards.
    • If workers must access an excavation, ensure walls are secured by shoring, engineered stabilization methods, or cut back to protect the workers from soil cave-ins.
    • For trenches that are more than 1.5 metres deep, ensure that workers have a safe point of entering and exiting that is not more than 8 metres away.

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    Incident Notice 2016-17

    Type: Helicopter Crash / Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    Contractors were in a helicopter conducting an environmental survey, when the helicopter lost power and crashed. The passenger in the front seat was fatally injured.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Ensure emergency response plans are established.

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    Incident Notice 2015-01

    Type: Explosion / Fatality (two workers)

    Incident Summary:

    An explosion occurred inside a compressor building at an upgrading facility. The workers were changing out valves on a compressor when the explosion occurred. Two workers were fatally injured.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Assess all hazardous energy sources before machinery or equipment is serviced or repaired.
    • Assess hazards when conditions change and take the necessary control measures to eliminate or control the identified hazards.
    • Ensure emergency response plans are established.

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    Incident Notice 2015-15

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    While a worker was unloading emulsion fluid from a tanker truck into a slop tank, the worker became entangled in the power take off (PTO). The worker was fatally injured.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Identify all the existing and potential hazards at the worksite and implement the appropriate control measures for those identified hazards.
    • Ensure safeguards are provided if a worker may accidentally, or through the work process, come into contact with moving parts of equipment.
    • If a worker is working alone, ensure there is an effective and regular communication system between the worker, and the employer or employers designate.

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    Incident Notice 2014-01

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    Workers were in the process of loading a rig tank onto a flat deck truck using the truck’s winch. A worker was standing on the deck of the truck near the winch cable. While attached to the winch cable, the tank moved, causing the winch cable to pull taut. The worker was struck by the winch cable and sustained fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Workers are trained to safely load and unload equipment.
    • Take all reasonable steps to ensure equipment is restrained to prevent accidental movement.
    • Assess and control the hazards associated with winching operations.
    • Workers affected by identified hazards are informed of the hazards and the methods used to control or eliminate them.

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    Incident Notice 2014-02

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    During a night shift, a worker identified a leak on a pipeline while it was being hydro tested. The worker parked their truck and followed the water trail by foot back to the source of the leak. The leak undercut the ground around a pipeline creating a sink hole. As the worker approached the source of the leak the worker fell into the sink hole and subsequently died.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Maintain good communication/regular contact with workers who are working alone.
    • Carefully assess all existing and potential hazards.
    • Take engineering, administrative, personal protective equipment or a combination of these measures to eliminate or control the identified hazards.

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    Incident Notice 2014-10

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A large male black bear attacked a worker who was walking through a material laydown area. The bear dragged the worker into the bush while other workers tried to scare the bear away. The bear was shot by an RCMP officer. Both the bear and the worker were found deceased in the trees.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Assess hazards of working in areas of wildlife habitation and take the necessary controls to prevent wildlife and workers from interacting with each other.
    • Review wildlife management plans and wildlife land use guidelines and ensure that operations are in accordance with Alberta’s Fish & Wildlife policies.
    • Following human-wildlife conflict information on Alberta’s Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) website, report wildlife to a Fish & Wildlife office.

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    Incident Notice 2014-11

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A worker was performing field maintenance on a D9T dozer. The worker was positioned underneath the D9T dozer trying to lower the bottom guard to access an area that needed repair. The bottom guard came down onto the worker and the worker was fatally injured.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Take appropriate measures when working around suspended loads.
    • Equipment is maintained in accordance with the manufacturers specifications.
    • Existing or potential hazards are identified and controlled.

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    Incident Notice 2014-16

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A worker made contact with a return roller located under a conveyor used for gravel crushing operations. The contact resulted in the worker being pulled into the conveyor, receiving fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Assess hazards of moving parts of machinery and implement controls to prevent workers from coming into contact with hazardous moving parts
    • Install proper guarding and safety switches on all machinery where required
    • Shutdown and use lock out procedures when working near unguarded equipment
    • Create designated places to cross under moving conveyor belts
    • Ensure designated crossing places to cross under moving conveyor belts are being used

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    Incident Notice 2014-22

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    While working on a drilling rig floor, a worker was struck in the face when a metal plate came off the drilling rigs top drive. The metal plate fell more than 3 meters and caused fatal injuries when it struck the worker.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Equipment that may pose a hazard to workers if it is moved or dislodged is properly restrained.
    • Drilling rigs are inspected by a competent person before they are placed into service and every seventh day on which they are used for as long as they are in service.
    • Equipment used at a worksite is maintained in a condition that will not compromise the health or safety of workers using it.
    • Emergency response plan is current and practiced

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  • Provincial and municipal government, education and health services

    Incident Notice 2015-10

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    An inventory parts worker was preparing to transport a compressor to an offsite work site. The worker was fatally injured when the worker became pinned between the compressor and their vehicle.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Assess and control hazards associated with handling heavy loads
    • Secure loads so that they cannot shift and become a danger to workers
    • Assess hazards when conditions change and take the necessary control measures to eliminate or control the identified hazards

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    Incident Notice 2015-06

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A city police officer was fatally shot during the course of the officer's duties.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Identify all the existing and potential hazards at the worksite and implement the appropriate control measures for those identified hazards.
    • Develop safe work procedures when potential hazards are identified as having high severity consequences if the hazard isn’t eliminated or mitigated.

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    Incident Notice 2014-19

    Type: Fall

    Incident Summary:

    A worker was loading scaffolding and other materials onto the back of a one ton flatbed truck. Shortly after the final piece of material was placed at the front of the flatbed, the worker walked over the load, towards the rear of the flatbed. The worker fell approximately 1.6 metres from the back end of the truck bed to the ground and sustained fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders for Industry:

    • Assess the hazards associated with preparing mixed loads of materials. Ensure controls are implemented to reduce or eliminate the identified hazards.
    • Take all reasonable steps secure equipment and materials to prevent movement or dislodgement that may create a hazard to workers.

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  • Transportation, communication and utilities

    Incident Notice 2015-13

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A coach bus driver dropped off workers at an intersection on the worksite. As the bus moved forward to complete a left turn at the intersection, a worker crossing the road was struck and caught underneath the vehicle.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Vehicle traffic at a work site is dangerous to workers on foot or equipment; Ensure that the traffic is controlled to protect the workers
    • Consider the speed of the moving vehicles and the duties and work location of workers relative to vehicles and powered mobile equipment
    • Ensure workers on foot and exposed to the hazards of moving vehicles wear highly visible apparel that is clearly distinguishable.

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    Incident Notice 2014-08

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A worker delivered a load of materials with a tractor-trailer. During transport, the materials on a pallet inside the trailer shifted.  When the forklift operator was removing the load from the trailer, a worker approached the load and attempted to balance it. The materials fell off the pallet, pinning the worker between the load and the inside wall of the trailer. The worker died from the injuries that resulted from being pinned.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Maintain safe working distances from moving loads and at no times ride on a load.
    • Secure loads so that they cannot shift and become a danger to workers.
    • Assess hazards when conditions change and take the necessary control measures to eliminate or control the identified hazards.

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    Incident Notice 2014-23

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A worker was in the process of loading a passenger vehicle onto a tow truck when a passing vehicle rear ended the passenger vehicle and struck the worker. The worker sustained fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Control vehicle traffic dangerous to workers on foot
    • High visibility clothing is worn by workers exposed to traffic
    • Use warning signs, barriers, lane control devices, flashing lights, flares, pilot vehicles, remote/automatic traffic control systems, designated persons directing traffic or methods described in the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Canada when traffic on a public highway is dangerous to workers

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    Incident Notice 2014-25

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    Workers were undertaking sewer line up-grades using a pneumatic system. An issue arose regarding the operation of the system, and a worker entered the system area in an attempt to help correct the issue when a pneumatic ram released, striking the worker. The worker sustained fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Hazard assessments should address all real and potential hazards, have necessary controls identified and be reviewed with all workers before starting work.
    • Equipment is operated and adjusted in accordance with the equipment manufacturer specifications. Modified specifications are certified by a professional engineer.
    • Workers are familiar with the equipment specifications and they are readily available to the workers responsible for the work.

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    Incident Notice 2014-31

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A haul truck driver was in the process of pulling over on the side of a mine road when the haul truck ran over a half ton pickup truck that was close by. The driver of the half ton pickup truck was fatally crushed.

    Safety Reminders:

    • If a powered mobile equipment operator’s view of the equipment’s path of travel is obstructed, the powered mobile equipment has a warning device, automatic system, or method appropriate to the hazards of the work site to protect other workers from injury
    • Operators follow directions of traffic control or warning systems
    • All workers are stationed in continuous view of the operator or all other workers are removed from the area into which the equipment will move
    • When vehicle traffic at a work site is dangerous to workers on foot, in vehicles or on equipment, the traffic is controlled to protect them

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  • Wholesale and retail

    Incident Notice 2016-13

    Type: Fall / Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A worker was making change for a customer when he/she lost his/her balance and fell off a ramp onto the concrete floor. The worker struck his/her head on the floor and succumbed to the injuries the following day.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Ensure emergency response plans are established.
    • Ensure entry way and exits are clear of obstructions.
    • Assess the need for handrails on ramps.
    • Assess hazards when conditions change and take the necessary control measures to eliminate or control the identified hazards.

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    Incident Notice 2016-21

    Type: Crush / Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A worker placed jack stands under the rear of a vehicle chassis, and then lowered the chassis onto the stands. The worker then went underneath the chassis to complete their task. The chassis shifted and fell off the jack stands pinning the worker underneath resulting in fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Before work begins, assess the work site to identify existing or potential hazards.
    • Workers must not place themselves in the ‘Line of Fire’ of potential hazardous energy.
    • Ensure equipment is installed and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications.
    • Secure loads so that they cannot shift and become a danger to workers.
    • Only use approved equipment for specific jobs.

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    Incident Notice 2015-05

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A member of the public arrived at a gas station to fill a vehicle with gas. Upon completion of this, the individual drove off without paying. A worker of the gas station pursued the vehicle on foot. The worker was struck by the vehicle. The worker sustained fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Assess workplace violence hazards
    • Develop policies and procedures to minimize or eliminate workplace violence and potential danger to workers
    • Ensure emergency response plans are established
    • If working alone, ensure a working alone policy is in place and followed by workers

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    Incident Notice 2015-09

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A worker was working in the gas bar/convenience store when a misunderstanding with a customer occurred. There was a physical altercation in which the worker was struck by the customer and fell to the ground striking their head. The worker sustained a traumatic head injury and died in hospital.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Assess workplace violence hazards
    • Ensure workers are trained to recognize workplace violence
    • Ensure policies and procedures are developed to minimize or eliminate workplace violence
    • Ensure emergency preparedness and response plans are established

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    Incident Notice 2015-14

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A convenience store worker working the late shift alone was fatally injured after being shot during an armed robbery at the work site.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Identify all the existing and potential hazards at the worksite for each shift and implement the appropriate control measures for those identified hazards.
    • Involved the affected workers with the identified hazards and the implemented controls measures.
    • Any worker working alone is required to have regular communications with the employer or the employer’s representative.

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    Incident Notice 2014-05

    Type: Fatality and Serious Injury

    Incident Summary:

    A worker arrived at the place of employment for the worker's regular shift. The worker entered the building and began attacking the other workers at the workplace. Two workers were fatally injured and four workers sustained serious injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Assess workplace violence hazards
    • Workers are trained to recognize workplace violence
    • Policies and procedures are developed to minimize or eliminate workplace violence
    • Emergency preparedness and response plans are established

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    Incident Notice 2014-12

    Type: Fatality

    Incident Summary:

    A worker was undertaking repairs on a Commercial Bus used to transport workers on a work site. The vehicle was positioned on a ramp and the worker was beneath the vehicle at the time of the incident. While the worker was beneath the vehicle, the vehicle started to roll and the worker was caught in the undercarriage of the vehicle, sustaining fatal injuries.

    Safety Reminders:

    • Ensure that qualified personnel service and repair vehicles or equipment.
    • Ensure that hazard assessments and proper procedures to control hazards are in place before starting any work on vehicles or equipment.
    • Ensure that vehicles and equipment are properly secured against movement while being services or repaired.

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