More safety investigators urged after electrocution
13 workplace deaths in Nova Scotia this year
The head of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour is renewing his call for specially trained safety investigators and prosecutors to deal with workplace safety after a 39-year-old worker was electrocuted on the job.
Rick Clarke, the president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour, said the most recent death marks the 13th workplace fatality in the province this year. It follows another incident earlier this month when a 48-year-old roofer fell to his death while working in Halifax.
"I am very down right now because I have heard of another fatality," Clarke said Tuesday.
Halifax Regional Police said a 39-year-old man from Williamswood died on Tuesday while working on an electrical panel at a building on Chain Lake Drive, in the Bayers Lake Business Park.
Officials with the provincial Department of Labour and Advanced Education are looking into his death.
Clarke, who works with people who have lost loved ones on the job, said he still clearly remembers an incident many years ago when a fellow worker died at the shipyard.
"There's scars that are carried forever," he told CBC News.
"It is heart wrenching when you hear the family's side of it, on what it was when my mother, my father, my husband, wife, or my brother or sister never came home from work."
Clarke said safety education must be improved and workers need a better understanding of safety on the job.
He said health and safety education in schools could leave to future workers and bosses with a stronger culture of workplace safety.
"A family should never have that fear of a worker not coming home and a worker should never have that fear that they are never going to be leaving that workplace," Clarke said.
There were 32 workplace deaths in Nova Scotia last year.