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Worker dies after electric shock at warehouse construction site in Nisku

A worker at an Amazon warehouse construction site south of Edmonton died early Wednesday after being electrocuted on the job last week.

Occupational Health and Safety is continuing to investigate the incident

A worker at the construction site for a new Amazon site south of Edmonton died after an electrical shock last week. Occupational Health and Safety is investigating the incident. (Nathan Gross/CBC)

A worker at an Amazon warehouse construction site south of Edmonton died early Wednesday after suffering an electric shock on the job last week.

Colton Quast, a 25-year-old construction worker, died in hospital from injuries sustained after suffering an electrical shock on Feb. 13, a spokesperson for Dawson Wallace Construction Ltd. confirmed.

The incident occurred at an Amazon warehouse under construction south of Edmonton in Leduc County. Dawson Wallace is the prime contractor on this site.

"The investigation is ongoing and all parties continue to cooperate with the occupational health and safety authorities. This is devastating news and our hearts go out to Colton's family," said Ross McCrimmon, construction manager at Dawson Wallace, in an emailed statement.

Quast's mother said in a Facebook post that he died peacefully a week before his 26th birthday just before 1 a.m. on Wednesday with family, friends and his fiancée at his side. Condolences have poured in on Facebook for the family since then.

Occupational Health and Safety continues to investigate the event, Alberta Labour spokesperson Trent Bancarz said. 

Bancarz also said a stop-use order was issued to the work site for the electrical cabinet involved in the incident. He said the cabinet won't be used until it's examined by an engineer and deemed to be safe.

The $130-million Amazon warehouse in Leduc County near Nisku Spine Road and 41 Avenue SW is projected to open in the spring.

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