Near miss at Janeway

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Pipe falls into blood collection area

There was a near miss at the Janeway children's hospital Thursday for a three-year-old after a serious construction mishap.

A copper-type pipe three feet in length and about two inches in diameter fell through a hole in a construction area into the Janeway blood collection site, confirmed Steve Dodge, vice-president of people and information services.

There was a near miss at the Janeway children's hospital Thursday for a three-year-old after a serious construction mishap.

A copper-type pipe three feet in length and about two inches in diameter fell through a hole in a construction area into the Janeway blood collection site, confirmed Steve Dodge, vice-president of people and information services.

The toddler was in the blood collection area at the time with one or more of her parents and possibly another family member, Dodge said.

The incident happened around 9:20 a.m.

Eastern Health is conducting an internal investigation, but has also called in occupational health and safety to investigate. A stop work order was issued by the provincial agency, Dodge said.

"We are taking the incident as serious. We would consider a near miss a type of incident that could have resulted in injury to either the patient, their family or staff in the blood collection area," he said.

The work wasn't supposed to be done at all during that time of day, Dodge said.

He said from the preliminary investigation, it appears the piping was being fitted in an area where holes were drilled between floors for its installation.

"There was a direction that work - because this was sensitive work being done in a sensitive area - that the work was only to be done during the night when the areas were unoccupied. Unfortunately what appears to have happened is that contrary to that, the work was unfortunately being done at that time (9:20 a.m.)," Dodge said.

Dodge said the directive concerning the construction area was "very, very clear" because it is near clinical sites.

"Obviously you don't shut down everything, but anything adjacent we do an analysis from a safety point of view and determine when it is appropriate and when it is not appropriate to do the work," he said.

"What appears to have happened is work was being done during a time where the contractor and the subcontractor were clearly directed not to conduct that work."

He said he believe the contractors are doing their own investigation.

Dodge said Redwood Construction is the contractor and Air Tite is the subcontractor.

Calls were made to both Redwood and Air-Tite Sheet Metal Ltd., but no one was available to comment.

Eastern Health officials have spoken to the family affected by the near miss.

Dodge said he could only imagine they were shaken.

"We are concerned. We are taking it very seriously," he said.

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Organizations: Air-Tite Sheet Metal

Geographic location: Eastern Health

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  • NewfieinNC
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    Regardless of what time the work was being done, there should have been some type of barrier put up around the construction area. Even if the work was done at night, construction usually equals a lot of dust and dirt, and you can't have that in a clinical site either.

  • NewfieinNC
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    Regardless of what time the work was being done, there should have been some type of barrier put up around the construction area. Even if the work was done at night, construction usually equals a lot of dust and dirt, and you can't have that in a clinical site either.