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.
Statistics from WorkSafeBC show that, between 2005 and 2012, more than 3,720 health care workers suffered injuries because of violence at work. That figure is particularly alarming when you consider that, during the same period of time, 241 workers in law enforcement were injured.