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Framer at South Surrey site was hurt trying to aid falling co-worker

WorkSafe BC officials have issued three orders to a Surrey-based framing company in connection with a Jan. 28 incident in which two workers fell from an under-construction townhome. - File
WorkSafe BC officials have issued three orders to a Surrey-based framing company in connection with a Jan. 28 incident in which two workers fell from an under-construction townhome.
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Two framers who fell from a South Surrey construction site last month – one of them suffering serious injuries – were not using fall-protection equipment, as required by WorkSafeBC.

The information is confirmed in an inspection report issued to Surrey-based Double SR Construction.

According to the report, the workers fell from the third storey of a townhouse near 160 Street and 32 Avenue Jan. 28 after a truss broke, causing one to stumble. The second worker fell 30 feet when he tried to grab and stabilize the first worker.

Neither was wearing personal fall-protection – although a fall-restraint system for one was seen nearby during the inspection that day – nor had they been trained in the equipment, the report states.

The report orders the employer to address the lack of training and fall-protection equipment “without further delay,” and to ensure a site-specific fall-protection plan is in place prior to working at elevations where a fall of 25 feet of more is possible.

An update on the workers’ condition was not available at press time.

 

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