Thursday, July 17, 2008

Crane death was preventable, report finds

read article: Vancouver Sun
A 22-year-old man who was crushed to death while operating a crane on the Canada Line had only 20 to 90 minutes of training on the machine, says a scathing WorkSafeBC inspection report.

The report on ironworker Andrew Slobodian's death was issued Wednesday to employer RSL Joint Venture and InTransitBC, the company created to design and construct the rapid transit line between Vancouver and Richmond.

The report contains a long list of health and safety violations it says contributed to Slobodian's death.

'[Slobodian] was an apprentice ironworker with little practical or theoretical knowledge of crane operations,' it says.

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