Workers exposed to fall of 7.9 metres

Home construction company fined nearly $17,000

Parbh Homes of Surrey, B.C. has been fined $16,710.


This firm's work site was a two-storey house under construction. WorkSafeBC inspected the site and observed two workers on the 7:12 sloped roof installing roof sheathing. One worker was wearing a fall protection harness but was not secured to a lifeline. The other worker was not using a personal fall protection system. No other form of fall protection was in place, exposing the workers to a fall risk of 6.25 metres (20.5 feet).


WorkSafeBC observed two additional workers installing an overhang to a gable end wall on the roof without the benefit of fall protection systems. No other form of fall protection was in place, exposing these workers to a fall risk of up to 7.9 metres (26 feet).


WorkSafeBC determined that none of the workers on site had received adequate fall protection training.


The firm failed to ensure fall protection was used, a high-risk violation. The firm also failed to provide its workers with the information, instruction, training, and supervision necessary to ensure their health and safety. These were both repeated violations. 


Source: WorkSafeBC