The Maritime Steel plant in Pictou County. ((CBC))

Labour officials and police are investigating after a 59-year-old Trenton, N.S., man died at a foundry in Pictou County on Tuesday.

Lloyd Keith Fancy was killed while working at a loading dock at Maritime Steel and Foundries Ltd. in New Glasgow at about 6:30 p.m. Department of Labour officials said it appeared Fancy was struck with a container being loaded onto a truck.

No foul play is suspected, police said.

Immediately after the accident, the Labour Department shut down the hydraulic loading dock, ordered that lights be installed in the outdoor area and requested maintenance records for the dock.

The foundry is owned by the family of industrialist R.B. Cameron and makes steel and manganese castings for the railway, mining, construction and other industries. The company, which employs about 75 people, has had workplace deaths before.

Maritime Steel was convicted on two charges under the provincial Occupational Health and Safety Act in 1993, after a fatal injury in 1992. The company was fined $3,000 after the conviction.

Another worker was killed in 2000, when he was struck in the head by a steel girder. The company was fined $3,600.

Investigators with the police department's major crime unit and the Labour Department were on the scene until late Tuesday night.