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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — WorkSafeBC is currently investigating an incident that left a worker seriously injured about 40 kilometres out on the Jedney road.

On Dec. 1, a worker for Continental Pipeline & Facility Ltd. was pinned between the tracks and the frame of a Komatsu D65 PX dozer while trying to exit the dozer, according to a WorkSafe BC inspection report delivered on Tuesday.

Prior to this injury, the worker was driving the dozer to help with snubbing operations.

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The worker, while driving the dozer on the 20 per cent grade of right of way, had backed up enough to slack the tethering strap that was connected to both the dozer and the tanker/combo truck once the tanker truck came to a stop, so that a worker employed by the tanker truck firm could unhook the shackle.

As the tanker truck firm’s worker was unhooking it, they looked up to see the dozer driving towards them at a high rate of speed, and narrowly escaped being pinned between the dozer and tanker truck. The tanker truck was also pushed five feet ahead, and received damage to the butterfly valve at the rear of the tanker truck.

According to Kurt Lock, Vice President of Operations with Continental, the worker has been released from hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. However, he could not comment on the situation further while WorkSafeBC investigates it.

WorkSafeBC’s report says that when Continental was asked to provide the plans/procedures for snubbing operations, the employer could not produce them. The HSE manager also told Occupational Safety Officer’s Wade Marling that the employer did not develop a written plan for the snubbing operations taking place at the worksite where the incident occurred.

The report also found there was failure to identify the work activities or circumstances that have caused significant risk of injury to a worker, and the risks that should have been identified and did not implement safe work procedures for the activity that created a hazard.

When asked, WorkSafeBC says a job safety analysis was provided for steep slopes, but none were provided with specific procedures for the snubbing operations; the JSAs provided had some basic information, but did not clearly identify the risks of injury for the snubbing operations.

Following the investigation, WorkSafeBC has issued three orders to Continental to develop written plans and safety procedures. “Based on the above safety violations, it is clear that: This employer has failed to ensure the health & safety of all the workers involved in the snubbing operations,” the report states.

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