WorkSafeBC investigating Kelowna crane collapse

WORKSAFEBC announced on Thursday that it is conducting an investigation into the tower crane collapse that occurred on July 12 in Kelowna.
WorkSafeBc said that a catastrophic failure occurred while workers dismantled a tower crane at a construction site located at 1471 St. Paul Street. During the dismantling process, the top of the crane collapsed and struck neighbouring buildings. As a result, five people were fatally injured, including four workers and a person unrelated to the construction site. One additional worker was injured.
As the regulator for occupational health and safety in B.C., WorkSafeBC said it is mandated by legislation to investigate serious workplace incidents, including those that resulted in the death or serious injury of a worker. An investigation may also result in enforcement action under the Workers Compensation Act.
Owners, prime contractors, and employers are ultimately responsible for the safety of workers at their worksites. It is WorkSafeBC’s role to enforce occupational health and safety requirements in the Workers Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.
During the investigation, WorkSafeBC will be working with subject-matter experts and engineers to examine the crane components, sequence of events, and work procedures that took place during the dismantling process. This will be done to identify the cause of the incident and contributing factors that led to this terrible tragedy. WorkSafeBC investigators will also examine all relevant documentation and other evidence, as well as conduct witness interviews.
At this time, the incident scene continues to be managed by the Kelowna RCMP. WorkSafeBC investigators are currently working with RCMP and subject-matter experts to do the following:
* Examine the incident site, including equipment involved.
* Interview workers, managers and other witnesses with relevant information on the incident.
* Collect relevant documents, such as equipment operating manuals, written procedures and training records.
* Collect other relevant evidence, such as video and photographs.
* Conduct tests on materials or equipment.
The evidence and information collected will be analyzed to:
* Determine a sequence of events.
* Examine significant events for unsafe acts and conditions.
* Explore the contributing factors that made the unsafe act or condition possible.
* Identify any health and safety deficiencies.
At the conclusion of a WorkSafeBC investigation, an incident investigation report is prepared. The primary purpose of a WorkSafeBC incident investigation report is to identify the cause of the incident, including any contributing factors, so that similar incidents can be prevented from happening in the future.
In addition to the investigation, WorkSafeBC’s Claims and Rehabilitation Services group has specialized teams mobilized to respond to this incident. These teams will provide support to affected workers, employers, and family members of the deceased. All related claims will be managed quickly, consistently and with a focus on the individual needs of those affected by this tragic event.


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