Posts Tagged ‘farm’

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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Boy Killed on Farm In Sri Lanka by Electrical Wire

December 1, 2010 1 comment

WELIMADA, SRI LANKA – A farmer was taken into custody after a 12-year-old boy was killed when he tread onto to an exposed current wire that had been placed to discourage animals from attacking the crops, police said today.”It is illegal to place such electricity in an open area, and the suspect in this case has been very careless which eventually grabbed a life”, one senior policeman said.

The victim has been identified as Sanjeewa Kumara from Welimada.

The suspect was due to be produced before the Welimada Magistrate later today.

Welimada police are conducting further investigations.

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2 NJ Men Killed, 1 Injured in Electrical Accident with Combine

October 13, 2010 Leave a comment

UPPER PITTSGROVE TWP, NEW JERSEY — Two men were killed  Tuesday afternoon when a piece of farm equipment came in contact with a power line, authorities said.

A third man was also injured in the incident which took place in a farm field.

State Police Sgt. Julian Castellanos said the accident happened when a chute on a combine the men were operating struck high-tension electrical wires and the combine caught fire.

The accident took place about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Hitchner Farm on Jefferson Road.

Castellanos said one of the men was pronounced dead at the scene. A second man died at South Jersey Healthcare-Elmer Hospital.

A third man was flown from the scene to Crozer Chester Medical Center in Chester, Pa. His condition was not immediately available, but one official said his injuries were not considered life-threatening.

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