Assisting another employer’s worker doesn’t create duty to report accident: Court (Legal View)

B.C. Hydro not legally required to report accident that injured a contractor
By Jeffrey Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/12/2014

B.C. Hydro was not required to report an accident that injured a contractor working on its power lines, an arbitrator has ruled, even though company employees rushed to the scene to help the injured man.

In the fall of 2009, B.C. Hydro granted a contract to replace components of its overhead electrical distribution system near Fernie, B.C., to Arrow, a power line construction and maintenance firm. As the prime independent contractor, Arrow was responsible under provincial legislation for the protection and safety of all workers performing the work. There were no B.C. Hydro workers on the project.

On Nov. 26, 2009, an Arrow power line technician came into contact with an energized part of the overhead electrical distribution system and suffered electrical burns. A co-worker tried to call for assistance on his cellphone but was unsuccessful. He then used his radio.