Manitoba

Man electrocuted near Bloodvein, Manitoba

A 37-year-old man died after being electrocuted near the community of Bloodvein in eastern Manitoba.
Bloodvein is located about 300 kilometres north of Winnipeg, on the eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg. (Google Maps)

A 37-year-old man died after being electrocuted near the community of Bloodvein First Nation in eastern Manitoba.

It happened just before 11 p.m. Wednesday, according to a spokesperson with Bloodvein First Nation Construction Inc.

The man was operating a piece of heavy duty equipment as part of the construction of a new road between Bloodvein and Berens River when there was some kind of arcing from a power line.

The machinery didn't actually come into contact with the wires but the arc was enough to cause the equipment to stall. The man got out to see why and when he went to get back into the machine, he grabbed the door handle and was electrocuted, the construction company spokesperson said.

He said the company has never had a fatality before and they are devastated because everyone on the crew is like family.

Officials with the province's workplace safety and health department are investigating the incident, since it happened on a First Nation.

Bloodvein is located about 300 kilometres north of Winnipeg, on the eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg.

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