Hoist operator injured on construction site
A construction hoist operator narrowly escaped serious injury after moving into a restricted area of a construction elevator without authorization to do so.
The individual had moved on top of the construction elevator car during servicing to provide radio communication to the crane operator and first aid attendant. Though another elevating devices mechanic operating the hoist did ensure there were no hazards in place before moving the elevator up, he was not aware of the presence of the other worker until he heard a scream to stop the hoist, which he did. The individual was caught between a mast brace and a handrail and had struck his head on a stationary brace, injuring his jaw and teeth.
It is likely the individual did not understand the risks of moving into restricted areas.
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Did you know:
- Construction hoist operators must have a certificates of qualification before they can work on a construction site.
- The two certificates of qualification offered by Technical Safety BC are: Personnel hoist and construction elevator operator and Car switch and construction use elevator operator.
- It is the contractor’s responsibility to ensure that all workers onsite are trained and qualified to perform regulated work.