Questions persist following fatal accident in Bay Roberts

Feelings of sadness, shock and puzzlement continue to permeate throughout much of Conception Bay North following a workplace accident Monday afternoon that claimed the lives of two construction workers and injured a third.

Family member says workers did not come in contact with electrical wires

The Bay Roberts' accident scene Monday where 2 construction workers were killed and a third injured 2:01

Feelings of sadness, shock and puzzlement continue to permeate throughout much of Conception Bay North following a workplace accident Monday afternoon that claimed the lives of two construction workers and injured a third.

Two men are dead following a workplace accident in Bay Roberts on Monday afternoon. Police say roofing workers moving a ladder somehow came into contact with electricity. (CBC)

Employees with a family run company called Dun Rite Roofing Ltd., based in Spaniard's Bay, were shutting down a roofing project at the Cable Building in Bay Roberts Monday when something went terribly wrong.

Police say two men died and a third was injured after it appears they somehow came into contact with electricity.

The men were removing a specialized ladder from the building when the accident occurred. 

A family member told CBC News later in the evening that the ladder did not come into contact with overhead power lines, and described the incident as a "freak accident."

The family member described a scene of shock and chaos following the accident, with the father of one of the deceased men performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on his son.

Rainy weather at the time

Weather conditions at the time of the accident were misty and rainy.

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      The workers were very experienced roofers, and the company was well-known throughout the region.

      The Cable Building is a historic structure in the town, and is home to the town's administrative offices.

      Municipal employees were in their offices at the time of the accident, and many were first on the scene, said Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood.

      The two deceased men were cousins, and Wood described them as "great workers and, indeed, great individuals."

      The RCMP received a call at about 3 p.m.

      A news released said the workers were "believed to have been moving an aluminum ladder at the time of the incident."

      The ladder features a motorized lift that is used to hoist heavy bundles of shingles onto a roof. 

      The device was transported from the scene aboard a flatbed truck at around 7:30 p.m.

      The RCMP maintained a security perimeter all night, and officials with the occupational health and safety division are said to be leading the investigation.