Contractor given safe work order

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Investigation of Janeway near miss continues

The provincial government is still investigating a construction incident at the Janeway children's hospital, but has ordered the company involved to use safe work practices.

There was a near miss for a three-year-old at the Janeway after a serious construction mishap the morning of June 10.

The provincial government is still investigating a construction incident at the Janeway children's hospital, but has ordered the company involved to use safe work practices.

There was a near miss for a three-year-old at the Janeway after a serious construction mishap the morning of June 10.

A three-foot length of copper pipe, about two inches in diameter, fell through a hole in a construction area into the Janeway blood collection site.

The toddler was in the area at the time with family members.

According to the Department of Government Services, the safe work practices order handed the contracter includes "no cutting holes or passing material between floor levels without verification no one is underneath and the area is secured to prevent persons from entering."

Government Services oversees the Occupational Health and Safety Division, which is investigating.

According to Eastern Health, construction work has not resumed in that specific area. The stop work order issued by the department of Government Services remains in place until the department makes the decision to lift it.

"As a result of its internal investigation, Eastern Health is satisfied that corrective measures have been taken by the general and sub-contactors to ensure that Eastern Health's previously stated contract guidelines will now be followed, and that this kind of incident should be prevented from happening again," the health authority said in a statement.

Steve Dodge, Eastern Health's vice-president of people and information services, told The Telegram in June the work wasn't supposed to be done at all during the day.

The piping was being fitted in an area where holes were drilled between floors for its installation.

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

bsweet@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Government Services, Occupational Health and Safety Division, The Telegram

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  • Eugene
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    To Jimmy, Tom, and Frank (or any other Tom, Richard or Harry): By luck the child was in another area of the room where the pipe dropped. Because it was a room with public access no work was supposed to be conducted during business hours - period. Rule broken, potential risk to the welfare of children; imho Government Services should be removing this contractor from the job, cancelling their contract and paying them nothing. Safety inspectors with the contractor are not doing their job, the contractor should be losing their contact. End of discussion.

  • Greg
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    I agree with B, banking on the fact there was no one in the vicinity is not what most peopl would consider being proactive. If an inspector is acting in a unprofessional manner there are mechanisms in place to address that. (Everyone has a boss). I have worked for many company's, and would disagree that safety is taking up all of your time..... Poor planning and execution is what's causing you grief.

  • Frank
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    B from NL.....your question has no basis and lacks common sense, as nobody was injured. Hello...it didn't happen! Purely hypothetical at best. Do you spend your entire time living what if's ?

  • B
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Jimmy and Tom: What if the three year old was hit in the head by this pipe? Would you be saying the same things? These rules exist because contractors cannot regulate themselves. They are the ones driving the costs up while trying to do the work on the cheap.

  • Jimmy Mac
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    OHS regulations are bordering on the ridiculous. It has gotten to the point that it strangles efficiency in getting a job done and drives cost through the roof. Even the so called safety inspectors go around with this God attitude and seem to intentionally use their authority to intimidate work sites.

  • M
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    I agree with B. His question is definitely valid. It would be nice if all contractors (and people in general) could live by the honour system and look out for others. However, some contractors may be more concerned with cutting corners and finishing the job quickly and easily. br br I agree that the accident isn't necessarily a close call but this event is far from nothing and should definitely be used as a learning experience.

  • BDS
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    The issue here is not to discuss if someone was hurt or not. Proper protocol was not followed and that is the bottom line.

  • Tom
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    This story has been made to sound like a close call occured when nothing really happened. The NTV news showed camera footage of the room where the pipe landed and it was a big room. The equipment still being used in the room was on the other side of the place, and the hole that was cut where the pipe fell was by a sink all the way across the room from where anybody was standing. Not really a big deal. Someone was cutting pipe, a small cut of the pipe fell through the hole and hit the floor. No one was even close to this. Something over nothing.