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Two men inspecting a warehouse Understanding Safety Risks - Injuries
Two men inspecting a warehouse - Understanding Safety Risks - Injuries

Understanding Safety Risks: Injuries

Injuries

The number of injuries reported to us in a given year provides an important indicator of the impacts of the hazards inherent in regulated equipment. Together with industry, our goal is to minimize incidents and injuries.

Please note that Technical Safety BC receives its injury reports and descriptions from operators or first responders at the time of, or immediately following the incident. As such, injuries may develop after the initial reports were made and the long-term effects of an injury may not be known to us. In these cases, injuries are not reflected in our statistics.

Fatal injuries

Three gas-related incidents resulting in fatalities were investigated in 2020. Two of these incidents involved injuries caused by carbon monoxide exposure, and the third involved a fire where propane tank damage was found.

Major injuries

Of the closed investigations, 11 incidents were ranked as “major” in 2020. These included:

1. Two passenger ropeways incidents

In both incidents, passengers fell from chairlifts while attempting to offload, resulting in a fractured pelvis for one passenger, and a fractured vertebra for the other.

2. Two gas incidents related to propane 

One incident was an explosion involving propane gas, resulting in burns to the victim’s face and shoulders. The other incident involved an explosion and fire caused by a possible propane leak, resulting in burns on the victim.

3. One amusement device incident

In this incident, a rider sustained a fractured vertebra while on a bobsled.

4. One boiler, pressure vessel, and refrigeration incident

In this incident, high-temperature condensate sprayed from a veneer dryer onto a maintenance worker, which resulted in third-degree burns.

Injuries by Category (2016 - 2020)

To view a detailed breakdown of 2016 and 2017 data, see State of Safety 2019.

Injury Categories 

Fatal

An injury causing death.

Major

An injury where residual effects are likely to significantly affect long-term quality of life.

Moderate

An injury where residual effects are unlikely to significantly affect long-term quality of life. E.g., temporary loss of consciousness, fractures, concussions.

Minor

An injury where there are typically no residual effects and recovery is expected. E.g., bruises, cuts, minor disorientation (confusion).

Insignificant

An injury where there are typically no residual effects and full recovery is expected. E.g., temporary pain and discomfort.

Injuries by Technology in 2020