No one goes to work expecting to be hurt. However, the possibility of a workplace injury occurring is present for anyone, and so safeguards to minimize the risk should be in place. In recent local news, an unusual work-related accident occurred in metropolitan Vancouver that is now under investigation by authorities.
A small park in the Fraser Heights neighbourhood was the scene of a workplace injury on the morning of July 29, 2016. While tending to the grass at Glenwood Park, a male city worker operating a riding mower crashed into a small pond at the south end of the park. The operator ended up trapped in the water underneath the machine.
Witnesses to the accident, including a co-worker and various bystanders, rushed to his aid and were able to free him from underneath the equipment. CPR was administered by one of the witnesses until paramedics arrived on the scene. The man was transported to hospital with serious injuries and in critical condition.
The use of machinery adds an extra element of risk to any job site. Because of the increased level of danger, work sites need to be safe, equipment has to be in good working order and proper training for the use of the equipment must be implemented in order to reduce the chance of a workplace injury. Should the investigation of this accident reveal any of these areas were lacking, there may be grounds for legal action. Those who have been injured on the job can seek the assistance of a legal representative who deals with labour and employment law in Vancouver and the rest of British Columbia to help determine which course of action is the best option.
Source: CBC News British Columbia, “Worker in critical condition after being trapped under lawn mower in Surrey park pond“, Chad Pawson, July 29, 2016