Safety questions raised after man dies loading cargo jet
Several departments investigating incident at Halifax Stanfield International Airport
Safety questions are being raised after a 58-year-old man with about 30 years experience died after being trapped by a hydraulic loader while loading freight at the Halifax Stanfield Airport early on Friday morning.
Bobby Horne, 58, died after he became trapped in one of the hydraulic loading machines used by Servisair, a third-party company contracted by Cargo Jet.
He worked on the ramps, loading cargo onto planes at the airport.
The investigation now rests with the federal Department of Labour, Servisair and the medical examiner.
Kathy MacDonnell is Horne’s cousin. She said due to her cousin’s decades of experience, she doubts that human error is to blame for his death.
"He definitely was the utmost about safety and about the standards. He's been there long and he always went to work loving his job and definitely he was about doing everything the right way," she said.
"Answers, everyone just wants answers, whatever the answers will be that's what you want."
MacDonnell said Horne was diabetic. An autopsy will look into whether that may have been a factor in his death.
She said if workplace safety is to blame, she’s looking for accountability so no one else suffers the same fate.
"Hopefully he didn't have any pain when he went. That’s my main thing," said MacDonnell.
Meanwhile at the head offices of Cargo Jet in Mississauga, Ont., vice-president Paulene Dhillon said she is still waiting to see reports from all agencies involved in the investigation.
"We do offer our condolences on behalf of Cargo Jet to the deceased's family. We are very saddened to hear about this tragic event," she said.
Horne is the 15th person to die on the job this year in this Nova Scotia. Since the Westray Mine disaster 21 years ago, 550 Nova Scotians have lost their lives in the workplace.
Horne was not married and did not have any children.