Firefighters responded to a fire at a construction business. After approximately one hour, when the fire was almost extinguished, an explosion occurred within a metal shipping container that was located next to a burning structure. Flying debris from the explosion struck one of the fire captains, who sustained fatal injuries.

Purpose of this report

The purpose of this online incident investigation report is to identify the causes and contributing factors of this incident to help prevent similar incidents and to support preventive actions by industry and WorkSafeBC. This online version is not the official WorkSafeBC report. It has been edited to remove personal identifying information and to focus on the main causes and underlying factors contributing to this incident.

 

Notice of Incident information

Number: 2011116120216 Outcome: Fatal
Core activity: Firefighting Region: Interior
Date of incident: December 2011

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