A construction worker in Vancouver, Canada has reportedly been injured by a falling beam at a building site recently. At the time the workers were installing a piece of equipment when the beam fell, apparently from quite a high height. The following excerpt from an article on GlobalNews.ca explains what happened:
Workers were installing a piece of equipment, possibly a window, about 16 to 20 floors up, when it appears the beam fell.
Richards Street was shut down between Georgia Street and Robson Street in Vancouver while emergency crews responded.
WorkSafeBC says the worker is in critical condition.
One of the greatest concerns when it comes to the hazard of falling objects on construction sites is that it is often an uncontrollable and unpredictable risks on a construction site. Another a major concern is the risk to the public, there are many instances where objects can fall or fly off a construction site and injure a worker or passer-by.
Building materials, tools and equipment present the most common falling hazards wherever work from a height is being undertaken. Another common source of injury and death by falling objects is when loads that are being lifted are not properly secured and they slip or break loose, fall to the ground, normally at a speed, injuring, crushing or killing a worker/workers beneath.
Falling objects can be managed and controlled so that workers are not debilitated or even killed by an injury by taking care at each stage of construction that hazards are being managed.
One of the ways that we can prevent objects from falling from one level to another is to have a secured physical barrier installed.
Undoubtedly one of the worst construction hazards of this year was the case of the construction worker at a warehouse in Kewdale. The man was crushed by falling beam and died.
The following excerpt from an article on Perthnow.com.au explains more:
A MAN who was crushed by a falling steel beam at a Kewdale factory this morning has died.
Emergency services were called to the Fero Group warehouse on Chisholm Crescent at about 10.30am.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services sent two appliances to help rescue the man, who was believed to be in his 40s.
He was then rushed to Royal Perth Hospital by St John Ambulance in a serious condition but later died.
A police spokeswoman confirmed his death.
Coronial investigation officers, in liaison with Worksafe, will now prepare a report for the Coroner.
Read more at: http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/man-crushed-by-falling-steel-beam-at-kewdale-factory-fero-group-warehouse-has-died/story-fnhocxo3-1227070655403?nk=a18c0c8b1f25ed364079ab0d65f92c07
Hazards such as falling objects are just one of the many possible risks that construction workers are faced with. In order to educate workers about all the common hazards presented by construction work, employers have to provide workers with the appropriate training, both general construction induction training known as The White Card Course and site specific training.
The good news is now that potential employees in the construction sector can complete the White Card course which is mandatory general construction induction training, online with minimal interruption to their regular schedules, from their own home or office. All that’s needed is a computer, an internet connection and a printer.