Proper signage and barriers are important to maintaining safe construction sites. Such safety measures are meant to protect workers and bystanders in the area. When a construction site accident results in injury, the proper use of signage may be called into question during a workplace or WorkSafeBC investigation into the exact cause of the accident.
When investigating workplace accidents in British Columbia, WorkSafeBC normally requests the findings of the employer's internal investigation if one was conducted. However, after a fatal explosion at a B.C. sawmill in 2012, the agency decided not to follow that procedure.
Though workplace accidents can be avoided by taking proactive steps to meet safety requirements, some types of employment are inherently more hazardous than others. First responders, for example, enter dangerous work environments on a daily basis, confronting a high risk of physical and mental injury.