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Worker medevaced following fall at Yellowknife construction site

A construction worker was medevaced to Edmonton after suffering a head injury at a construction site in Yellowknife last week.

According to the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC), the worker was not using fall protection when they fell over three meters while working on a residential/commercial site.

In a hazard alert issued Monday afternoon, the WSCC claims the worker struck their head and shoulder on a concrete pad after falling from the second floor.

After being transported to hospital, the worker was medevaced to Edmonton for further assessment. Their status remains unknown at this time.

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“The WSCC cautions Northerners to always ensure they use all proper personal protective equipment that is necessary for the task they are performing, and that is in good working order,” read a statement issued Monday.

“Falls from heights are preventable. Employers and workers share the responsibility of ensuring their workplace remains a safe environment for all.”

The WSCC says you can prevent falls by:

  • Planning and implementing a fall protection plan
  • Ensuring workers receive proper training on the use of all personal protective equipment
  • Ensuring all personal protective equipment is in good working order
  • Making sure you securely cover all floor openings
  • Maintaining a good housekeeping program
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