Man's body found near MacKay Bridge prompts workplace accident investigation

The death of a man, 44, whose body was found near the MacKay Bridge on the Africville side on Monday morning is being investigated as a workplace accident, the Department of Labour has confirmed.

Officers were called to a report of a body below the MacKay Bridge near Africville Road Monday morning

An RCMP dive team was in the Bedford Basin Tuesday searching the waters around the eastern end of the Ceres container pier. (CBC)

The death of a 44-year-old man whose body was found near the MacKay Bridge on the Africville side on Monday morning is being investigated as a workplace accident, the Department of Labour has confirmed.

The provincial department is releasing little information about the incident except to say a stop-work order was issued to Scotiascapes Landscaping Inc., for the job site located at 6245 Africville Rd. The department would not confirm what the man was doing at the time.

Halifax Regional Police say the man is from Ellershouse, north of Mount Uniacke.

A spokesperson for Halifax Harbour Bridges says the man was not a bridge employee, nor was he associated with the bridge commission. (CBC)

An RCMP dive team was in the Bedford Basin Tuesday searching the waters around the eastern end of the Ceres container pier, not far from where the man's body was discovered on Monday. 

Crews have been working for months to extend the length of the container pier by dumping stone into the basin.

Officers were called to a report of a body below the MacKay Bridge in the area of Africville Road at 9:50 a.m. Monday.

"We believe the workplace incident occurred at a workplace kind of north of Africville Park off of Africville Road. So, he wasn't working on the bridge or anything, he was on land when we believe the incident occurred," said Const. Carol McIsaac.

With the help of Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency, police recovered the body, which was sent to the medical examiner's office.

The search is near where a body was discovered on Monday near the MacKay Bridge. (CBC)

Police say the investigation was turned over to the Department of Labour.

Alison MacDonald, speaking for Halifax Harbour Bridges, said the man was not a bridge employee, nor was he associated with the bridge commission.

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