The Ministry of Labour is investigating the fatality of a Hydro One worker in the County of Haliburton.

Haliburton Highlands OPP confirmed the death of a 25-year-old Sydenham man March 21. Const. Amanda Gilbert said police, fire and EMS workers responded to the scene after reports of an industrial accident on Coleman Lake Road in Dysart et al at approximately 10:25 a.m.

The man was transported by EMS to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased, Gilbert said. She added the Ministry of Labour has been notified and is investigating.

Hydro One responded on its Facebook page.

“It is with heavy hearts that we confirm one of our employees passed away from injuries sustained on the job,” the company said in a March 21 Facebook post. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our employee and, above all else, our thoughts and condolences are with the family, friends and colleagues.”

The ministry investigates all workplace fatalities to try to determine the cause and to identify preventative actions, according to the provincial government website. If prosecution for any violations found under the Occupational Health and Safety Act is warranted, charges will be laid within one year of the date of the offence

“There is nothing more important to us than the safety of our employees,” Hydro One said. “We fully support the Ministry of Labour in its investigation into the incident.”

The Ministry will not provide specific details about its investigation while its ongoing, according to the government website. If charges are laid, details will also be kept until prosecution is complete.


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