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2 Men Killed in Electrical Accident in Edmonton, Canada

December 3, 2010 Leave a comment

EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA – The sudden deaths of two men who were electrocuted on a farm near Ellerslie Road and Meridian Street is highlighting a gap in coverage under Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The men were found dead by police and paramedics responding to a 911 call around 3:45 a.m. Thursday. It appears they were electrocuted when a portable auger touched an overhead power line.

Police initially said the deaths would be investigated by Alberta Occupational Health and Safety. Investigators from the OHS went to the scene, but left after determing the men were working on a farm.  Provincial regulations don’t apply because in Alberta, most operations directly or indirectly related to farming and ranching are exempt.

There’s been a lot of talk in Alberta about extending Occupational Health and Safety regulations to farms but no action has been taken. Farming and ranching are also exempt from the Workers’ Compensation Act and WCB coverage for disability and insurance is not mandatory for farm and ranch workers.

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2 Farmers in AR Killed by High Voltage Power Line In Electrical Accident

October 25, 2010 Leave a comment

POCAHONTAS, ARKANSAS – Two Region 8 farmers were killed Friday after they accidentally moved a grain auger into a high line. According to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Michael Thatch, 45, and Victor Throesch, 47, were killed in the accident.

Officials with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office say both men were moving the auger by hand when the incident happened. Thatch died at the scene. Throesch was taken to The MED in Memphis, where he later died.

The incident happened approximately three miles west of Maynard.

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