Incident Notice 2014-26

Incident Notice 2014-26

Type: Fatality

Industry: Demolition/Staffing agencies

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.

Safety Resources:

This incident notice is provided for information purposes only to notify industry of an occupational health and safety incident.  It has been issued as an educational resource with the goal of preventing similar incidents. The information contained in this notice is based upon preliminary information that has not been confirmed through investigation.  This notice should not be interpreted as identifying any contraventions of OHS legislation or as laying blame against any party.

Modified: 2015-06-03
PID: 15182

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