Number Of Accidents Raising Concerns About Workplace Safety In Province

July 16th, 2018

The CEO of the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Safety Council is concerned over recent workplace accidents that have happened in the last month or so.

Since May 28th, there have been four major incidents in the workplace, resulting in the deaths of two people. As well, a man died while working in Bay Roberts on Wednesday.

Chris Fifield died when he fell from a high-rise construction site in St. John’s at the end of May. A 41-year-old man died at a road construction site near Port Hope-Simpson, Labrador June 22nd.

In early June, a construction crane toppled over at Muskrat Falls and an explosion tore apart the Trimac building in Mount Pearl June 19 sending several workers to hospital.

It’s not clear if the death of a 64-year-old man on the roof of the Bay Roberts Mall Wednesday was work-related.

Jackie Manuel says if anything, the incidents illustrate failures in workplace safety systems. She says one fatality or one near-miss, is one too many.

Posted on July 16th, 2018