No charges laid in workplace death

No charges will be laid after an investigation into the workplace death of a 46-year-old eastern P.E.I. man.

No charges will be laid after an investigation into the workplace death of a 46-year-old eastern P.E.I. man.

The man was struck by a sanitation truck on February 8. He was employed by GreenIsle Environmental which is owned by Superior Sanitation. The accident happened on the business property in Charlottetown.

The Occupational Health and Safety division of the Workers Compensation Board's findings were inconclusive about the direct cause of the incident.  

The five-month investigation included inspections of the workplace, interviews with workers and employers, collaboration with the Charlottetown City Police and a review of international industry standards, according to a WCB release.  

After consulting the Crown Prosecutor, the WCB Director of Occupational Health and Safety Bill Reid said no charges would be laid under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.  

"One of our primary concerns in an investigation is to find ways to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future," said Reid.

"Our investigation revealed a number of opportunities to improve health and safety at this workplace, and we will be working closely with the employer to ensure the safety of workers."  

In a release, Nancy Guptill, chair of the WCB, extended condolences on behalf of the board.  

"The pain of losing a loved one to a workplace injury is something that none of us should have to endure," she stated.   

The fatality marked the first time since October 2008 that someone on P.E.I. died in an industrial incident.