Sunday death likely a workplace accident

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

A man fell from the roof of a Slave Lake apartment building on Sunday, December 15 between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.

The man was pronounced dead on the scene, says RCMP Sgt. Don Racette. He was a 31 year old male, not from the Slave Lake area. He was working construction on the roof.

“It’s not suspicious,” says Racette. “It appears to me it was a workplace incident.”

A resident of the apartment complex tells The Leader a wire safety rail is torn down where the man fell. She didn’t see him fall, but says, “I saw them (the EMTS) put a rubber sheet over him. I knew then that he was gone.”

Slave Lake RCMP and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) are investigating the death. They are not releasing the dead man’s name.

OHS is taking the lead on the investigation. The team travelled out from Edmonton on Monday, December 16.

There were 134 workplace-related deaths in Alberta 2017 and 142 in 2016, says the OHS “2017 Workplace Injury, Disease and Fatality Statistics” annual report. Occupation diseases made up over half of the deaths and workplace incidents made up 27.7 per cent. By sector, agriculture and forestry had the highest fatality rate with construction second.

The Slave Lake apartment building where a worker fell to his death on Sunday, December 15. Not the side where it happened.

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