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Edmonton tunnelling projects running again after workplace death

OHS was called in to investigate after a worker was found dead at a south Edmonton work site on Nov. 1, 2016. Craig Ryan/ Global News

The City of Edmonton has resumed work on drainage tunnelling projects after a stop-work order was put in place following a workplace death at a site in the city’s southwest in early November.

The City voluntarily shut down machine tunnelling activities at all city-run sites after a 44-year-old man was found dead at a site at 14260 Ellerslie Rd. on Nov. 1.

While operations are up and running at most sites, Holly Budd with the City of Edmonton said the site on Ellerslie Road remains under a stop-work order put in place by the province.

A spokesperson with Alberta Labour said the stop-work order will remain in place until a conveyor machine on the work site is certified safe by an engineer.

“When that happens and OHS is satisfied the work site is safe for workers, the order will be lifted,” Lauren Welsh said in a statement to Global News.

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The day after the incident, city manager Linda Cochrane said the man died while the crew was working below ground.

A spokesperson for Occupational Health and Safety said the man was part of a tunnelling crew and he died when he was pinned between the wall of the tunnel and a conveyor belt.

The victim’s identity was not released. No one else was injured in the accident but crisis support was provided to the victim’s family and other city employees.

Budd said the city and provincial investigations into what happened at the site on Ellerslie Road are ongoing.

READ MORE: OHS investigates after worker dies at south Edmonton work site

About 90 employees were reassigned to other work while the stop-work order was in place.

A request for comment from OHS was not returned by the time this story was published.

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