Crane Accidents

Worker Electrocuted in Vancouver Industrial Accident

12/23/08

Canada 

A worker suffered serious burns Tuesday afternoon after the boom on the back of a flatbed truck touched a high-voltage power line in downtown Vancouver.

Worker Electrocuted in Vancouver Industrial AccidentThe man was delivering drywall to a construction site in an alley south of Alberni Street, between Burrard and Bute Streets.

The truck’s boom “appears to have struck or come in contact with a power line” shortly after 2 p.m., said Scott McCloy, director of communications for WorkSafeBC.

“There was an electrocution of the worker. The worker was taken to Vancouver General Hospital,” McCloy said.

The man is an employee with Pacific West Systems Supply Ltd. in Langley. His name and age are not being released.

Battalion Chief Doug Steele of the Vancouver Fire Department said the worker had serious burns to his lower body.

WorkSafeBC is investigating the cause of the accident.

“Working downtown for any crane operator is a very dangerous enterprise because of the proximity of power lines everywhere,” McCloy said.

Cranes should be operated at a minimum distance of three metres away from a power line, he said.

“We will be checking to determine what happened here, so that we can prevent that from happening in future,” he said.

About 900 BC Hydro customers in the area are without power due to the accident, according to the company’s website.

Crews were expected to restore electricity by 7 p.m. PT on Tuesday

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