WSCC Service Updates

WSCC’s Iqaluit and Yellowknife office are closed to in-person services. WSCC employees continue to work remotely. Call 1 (800) 661-0792 to be directed to a service provider. To report a serious workplace incident, visit WSCC Connect.

Hazard Alerts

Based on incidences that occur in the North, WSCC publishes Hazard Alerts to remind workers (on and off the job) of hazards we face. The alerts explain the danger and offer clear instruction on how to minimize risk of injury. We release hazard alerts to help prevent similar incidence.


Failure to secure a vehicle from accidental movement, particularly when it is being worked on, can result in injury or death.

On a summer’s morning in June, a worker with a power saw was cutting a 1” x 8” piece of wood that was located over their head at an awkward angle. Once the worker succeeded in cutting off a 12” piece of the wood, it fell and they immediately reached… more

Because of the hazards of working with powered equipment, the first choice is to de-energize and lockout the equipment before performing any work. De-energizing and locking out prevents the release of energy that could cause injury or death. Locks… more

Failure to securely block heavy equipment in the elevated position, before working under it, may result in serious injury or death. Unsecured equipment may trap the worker between the equipment and equipment frame, or the ground.

A worker, wearing safety glasses, is underneath a car changing the oil. Dirt falls from underneath the car onto the worker’s face. Dirt gets underneath the safety glasses and into his eyes.

A worker, wearing safety glasses, is underneath a car changing the oil. Dirt falls from underneath the car onto the worker’s face. Dirt gets underneath the safety glasses and into his eyes. Sometimes just wearing eye protection is not enough. It… more

All workers in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut who work at heights of 3 metres or more, without standard guardrails, must wear CSA approved fall protection equipment. 

While renovating an older building, two workers were putting drywall on a ceiling, working from stepladders. They stopped for a break. One worker came down to chat with other co-workers. The other worker, a carpenter for four years, decided to stay… more

Smoke from a forest or dump fire can affect the surrounding community. It may contain a mixture of chemicals and fine particles that endanger human health. The types and amount of particles and chemicals in the smoke varies depending on what is… more

A Heavy Equipment Operator and the excavator they were operating to remove gravel from an old quarry site slid into the water-filled excavation. It is important to assess site conditions, including proper slope or grade as excavations can cause the… more

On January 20, 2016 a worker exited a pickup truck with his hands full, and slipped and fell on the snowy icy ground, breaking his wrist and arm. The worker was wearing safety boots that were not rated for cold weather. Traction aids were not worn.… more

A Heavy Equipment Operator clearing snow to build an ice road had to make an emergency exit from the machine when it broke through the ice. The operator was outside of the area tested for safe ice thickness. The operator was able to escape. Work… more

A young worker was using a meat-cutting machine in a deli when he heard a noise behind him. He turned around to see where the noise was coming from. The worker lost his focus and cut his finger on the machine blade. The young worker reported the… more

A worker was carrying a 5-gallon gas can and began to feel pain in their back. The worker continued to work for the remainder of the shift and felt the pain grow progressively worse the next day. The worker sought medical attention and was diagnosed… more

While operating a pneumatic nail gun on a construction site, a worker died from a penetrating skull injury.

Needle stick injuries are far too common in the health care field. These types of injuries happen when needles accidentally puncture the skin.

Failure to remove accumulated ice and snow from buildings and structures can result in a serious or fatal injury to a worker or passerby from falling ice or snow.

On February 4, 2015, the Regional Boiler/Gas Inspector of the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) conducted an annual inspection of pressure vessels at a mine process plant. The inspection revealed signs of corrosion between metal… more

As winter retreats and temperatures rise, there are more individuals working on roofs to remove snow. For some, this means working without the necessary fall protection. This poses a significant risk to individuals because serious or fatal injuries… more

A build-up of pressure inside the tank of a sewage pumper truck caused tank latches to fail and the tank door to swing open, striking the operator.

Each year people get injured or killed through accidental contact with vehicles or mobile equipment in the workplace. Policing authorities investigate these events on a case-by-case basis. In the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, the safety… more

There is a high incidence rate of heavy equipment such as dump trucks, back hoes, front-end loaders, and water trucks interfering or colliding with power line poles, damaging them and creating an extreme hazard to anyone in the vicinity.

Employees who work alone or in isolation face an increased risk of confrontation and violence. Even incidents without physical confrontation, can cause stress and be emotionally traumatic for a worker. Working alone presents additional risks… more

While clearing brush and trees from a power line right of way, a worker cut down a tree causing it to fall onto an energized overhead power line. When the power line fell to the ground, an electrical current passed to another worker near the work… more