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String of Electrocutions Highlight Need for Increased Safety Measures

September 24, 2019

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of four individuals who were killed or critically injured during a string of electrocutions that occurred in Ontario recently”, says James Barry, Executive Chairman of the IBEW CCO.

The Electrical Safety Authority states that the deaths and injuries, which occurred within a 24-hour period last week, were the result of individuals coming into contact with overhead electrical wires.

One worker died when a drill-boom made contact with an overhead wire. The second incident involved one death and one critical injury when two self-employed individuals were trimming hedges on an elevated platform and made contact with a power line. The third instance of a worker being electrocuted occurred when a tower crane hit an overhead power line.

“This is a stark reminder of the dangers of working near electricity and clearly shows there is a need for more to be done to keep workers safe,” said Barry.

“We will continue to advocate for high training standards in the construction sector and work with the government to find ways to create safer workplaces and prevent any more unnecessary deaths and injuries,” added Barry.

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