Fatal Incident Sparks Warning from WorkSafe
Prince George, B.C. – WorkSafe BC and the Coroners Service continue to investigate a work related death in Prince George which occurred on August 9th.According to a release from WorkSafe, a man was killed while working on a tractor in the Prince George area. WorkSafe reports the man was jump starting a tractor when it moved unexpectedly, pinning him under the rear wheels.
The man’s name has not been released.
This is the 3rd fatality involving equipment or vehicles rolling over workers in the past 10 months. The other two occurred in the Fraser Lake and Ladysmith areas, and in both cases, workers were doing maintenance work under vehicles.
WorkSafe says details of the August 9th fatality are not yet known, but has issued some safety information to prevent further tragedies:
- Doing work around the shop or office will have risks that are often overlooked. Stop, assess the risks and come up with a plan to do the work safely, even when doing routine tasks in these locations.
- Locking out all machinery including wheeled equipment is very important when performing maintenance. Follow the lock out procedures on the BC Forest Safety Council’s website if your company does not have any for particular pieces of equipment.
- Upset conditions create high risk situations that lead to many incidents. An upset condition is anything that is out of the ordinary for you or your operation; including sickness, stress, equipment breakdowns or unusual weather conditions.
The death of this man was the first of two work related fatalities in the Prince George area this month. Earlier this week, a woman, who was doing traffic control at a road construction project at West Austin Road and Highway 97, was struck and killed by a vehicle. Her name has not yet been released. WorkSafe, the RCMP and the Coroners Service continue to investigate that death.