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Canadian Man Killed in Electrical Accident When Boom Contacts Power Line

LYNDHURST, ONTARIO CANADA – An excavating company has been issued a series of orders following a fatal workplace accident in Lyndhurst, Ontario.

On the afternoon of May 18, an employee of Brockville, Ontario-based Ken Miller Excavating was assisting boom trucks that were delivering concrete sections for storm sewers when the accident occurred, says Ministry of Labour (MoL) spokesman Bruce Skeaff. “The boom of one of the trucks came into contact with overhead live wires and this worker was electrocuted,” Skeaff says. “The circumstances of how this transpired, we don’t know, and that’s what we’re investigating.”

The worker, Jamie Lascelle, was taken to Kingston General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Skeaff says that Ken Miller Excavating was issued a series of orders requiring the company to provide documents related to: its health and safety policy and program, procedures specific to work in close proximity to electrical conductors, its emergency plan, safety training of workers and workplace safety procedures. A stop work order was also issued on a piece of equipment, a 10-tonne off-loader, and the machine is to be inspected to determine whether it can handle its rated capacity, Skeaff confirms.

The MoL also issued three orders to another company, Kingston-based Anchor Concrete Products Ltd, requiring documents related to training and its health and safety policy and program. Furthermore, both Ken Miller Excavating and Anchor Concrete Products were ordered to provide a written report of the circumstances of the occurrence to the ministry and any applicable union by May 20.

Neither company could be reached for comment by press time.

The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) in Mississauga, Ontario says that fatal accidents involving equipment contacting overhead power lines is not uncommon in the province. “Fatalities involving power lines account for 50 per cent of all electrocutions in Ontario in the past eight years,” the safety authority says in safety alert issued last May.

Story Via OHS Canada

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