Stadium staff witnessed miscues

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VANCOUVER - B.C. Place Stadium staff witnessed VANOC workers and contractors disobeying basic safety rules, according to the dome’s Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee.

Various VANOC miscues reported by stadium staff are contained in meeting minutes, which were obtained via Freedom of Information. Items include: drilling concrete without dust abatement/vacuum systems; driving a gas-powered golf cart without emission controls inside the stadium; two workers in a lift built for one; and four people in a two-person cart, one riding on the hood of the cart and the other dangling off the back.

The minutes also said a VANOC person slipped and fell on bird droppings at the east airlock, but did not indicate injuries or the date.

The minutes do not mention snowboarder Kevin Sansalone’s injury during a Jan. 18 opening ceremony rehearsal. A WorkSafeBC officer met with VANOC but did not write an inspection order after Sansalone broke his ribs and collarbone jumping through the Olympic rings. Johnny Lyall eventually performed the stunt to start the Feb. 12 opening ceremony.


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