Nova Scotia’s Department of Labour has confirmed that it is now investigating a workplace fatality after a body was recovered under the MacKay Bridge on Monday.
The incident is said to have occurred at 6245 Africville Rd. in Halifax, and the department says that a stop work order has been issued at the site as occupational health and safety officers investigate.
The address is listed as the Fairview Cove Sequestration Facility, a location for the disposal of pyritic slate, according to the Port of Halifax.
Nova Scotia’s Department of Labour has since informed Global News that the stop work order was issued at Scotiascapes Landscaping.
“We were saddened to learn of this unfortunate incident and our thoughts are with the individual and his family,” the Port of Halifax said in a statement.
“The individual involved was not an employee of the Halifax Port Authority. We are doing everything we can to support the work of the Nova Scotia Department of Labour. This is an ongoing investigation, accordingly we will respectfully limit commenting any further.”
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Halifax Regional Police said they responded to the area of Africville Road at approximately 9:50 a.m., after receiving a call about a body.
The man’s body was recovered from the water with the assistance of Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency before being turned over to the province’s Medical Examiner Service.
The Department of Labour declined to provide more information as the investigation is ongoing.