FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A WorkSafeBC investigation found multiple high-risk violations after a worker fell through an uncovered opening within the work zone at the Site C Dam.

Aecon-Flatiron-Dragados-EBC Partnership was fined $528,631.72 on March 17th as a result of the investigation.

According to WorkSafeBC, multiple holes on the formwork shoring deck had been cut to accommodate future shoring tower components. The worker was wearing a fall protection harness but was not connected to a lifeline when the fall occurred.

The agency also found a ladder that workers were using to access work areas that did not have guardrails set up.

WorkSafeBC decided the firm’s fall protection plan was only verbally communicated to workers. It did not provide specific instructions on what fall protection system to use when accessing work areas.

The investigation revealed nobody in a supervisory role was watching the workers to ensure they were completing the task according to plan.

The agency found the firm failed to cover, guard or identify floor openings, and failed to ensure workers had a safe means of access and egress to and from each working level.

Lastly, the firm failed to provide workers with information, instruction, training, and supervision to ensure worker health and safety, which is a repeat violation according to WorkSafeBC.