A worker was taken to hospital Thursday afternoon with critical injuries after being electrocuted while on the job at the under-construction Amazon Canada warehouse at the southern edge of Edmonton.
Alberta Health Services said EMS responded just after 12:30 p.m. to the work site in Leduc County. The facility is located at the Border Business Park in Nisku (1440 – 39 Ave.), directly south of Edmonton’s city limit at 41 Avenue SW.
Paramedics took a 25-year-old man to hospital in critical, life-threatening condition, AHS said. He suffered “electric shock-related injuries,” according to Alberta’s Labour and Immigration press secretary Brittany Baltimore.
Occupational Health and Safety is investigating, she said, but a stop-work order had not been issued. Baltimore said the man worked for A. Circuit Electric Ltd.
One of the principal partners for Dawson Wallace, the general contractor company for the project, said the worker was a subcontractor but did not provide any other details.
In a statement, Ross McCrimmon, construction manager with Dawson Wallace, said the worker was treated on site and was in hospital on Friday.
“His family was contacted and advised of the situation. The incident is currently under investigation and Dawson Wallace is working with the appropriate authorities. Our thoughts are with the worker and his family,” McCrimmon said.
No other information about what happened was available.
The developer of the site, ONE Properties, said in a statement it is aware of the incident and “our thoughts are with the worker and his family.”
Amazon’s one-million-square-foot fulfillment centre in Leduc County is supposed to open this spring and employ 600 people.
Once complete, the massive building, which is projected to cost $120 million to build, will be the size of 21 football fields.