CALGARY – A 35-year-old man was crushed to death between construction machinery and a concrete barrier Friday afternoon in Calgary.
EMS were called to a construction site near Rosehill Drive and 10 Street N.W. at about 1:11 p.m.
The man had been cutting pipe at the work site.
“He was backed into by a backhoe and subsequently pinned,” said Alberta Jobs Skills Training and Labour spokesperson Christine Wronko. “He was pinned in between the piping he was cutting and the backhoe.”
EMS said the man was unconscious and had been removed before paramedics arrived.
“Paramedics immediately put forth advanced life support resuscitation efforts, but due to the significant injuries sustained, the male was declared deceased on scene a short time after,” said a statement from EMS.
Nearby resident Patricia Duquette came running outside when she heard the worker scream.
“There was a great deal of effort to revive the man for quite a long time and they didn’t succeed. It’s hard to witness anyway, but as a co-worker I think that would be traumatic,” said Duquette.
No other injuries were reported in the incident.
Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety department is investigating.
The City of Calgary said the project site (Rosemont Drainage Improvement Project) was under the control of a city contractor.
“At this time, we would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the victim,” the city said in a statement.
As for the project details, information on the Rosemont Drainage Improvement project can be found on the city’s project website here.