Hydro One supervisor charged in death of employee
By Chad Ingram
The supervisor of the young Hydro One employee who was killed on the job in Haliburton County earlier this year will appear in court in Lindsay at the end of November.
On Thursday, March 21, the OPP were called to the scene of an accident involving forestry work near Coleman Road. One Hydro One employee, a 25-year-old man from Sydenham, Ont., was transported to hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. Three other employees of the utility were treated for injuries, and released.
The Ministry of Labour conducted an investigation and, according to the ministry, in September, charges were laid against an individual as a supervisor and employee under two sections of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Those charges are for failing to take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker, contrary to S.27(3)(c) of the act, and for failing to work in a manner that did not endanger other workers, contrary to s.28(2)(b) of the act.
The Echo sought comment from Hydro One.
“Respectfully, we cannot comment on the matter as it is before the courts,” reads a statement sent in an email by communications staff.
The individual’s first court date is set for Nov. 28 in the Ontario Court of Justice in Lindsay.