OHS Canada Magazine


Man, 25, dies in accident on highway construction site

Fatality occurred on Saskatchewan highway

(Canadian OH&S News) — A 25-year-old construction worker died in an incident at a highway worksite near the village of Eyebrow, Sask. on Feb. 13.

Details about what happened have been minimal, but the victim has been identified as Jesse Michael Hoehn, who lived in the town of Davidson.

A brief press release from the RCMP’s Moose Jaw detachment stated that police were notified of the accident at about 1:30 p.m. that day. Officers were immediately dispatched to the worksite on Highway 42, between Eyebrow and Keeler.

The victim, the release said, “died as a result of injuries sustained in the workplace incident. Occupational health and safety personnel and Moose Jaw RCMP continue to investigate.”

Jennifer Veri, a communications consultant with the provincial Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, confirmed to COHSN that oh&s authorities were reviewing the incident, but could not say anything specific about it.

“What we can confirm is that a worker did die in a workplace incident on Highway 42,” said Veri.

Local media reports have stated that Hoehn was operating a loader and helping to stockpile gravel at the time of the incident. He had reportedly been working for his current employer for about a year.

Hoehn was a graduate of Davidson High School, according to his Facebook page. His online obituary stated that he left behind his parents, a sister, a brother-in-law and twin nephews.

A funeral for Hoehn is scheduled for Feb. 18 at 2 p.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Davidson. In Hoehn’s memory, the town is accepting donations to Threads of Life, a nationwide charity organization that assists families of victims of workplace fatalities.

Davidson is located roughly halfway between Regina and Saskatoon. Eyebrow is about 84 kilometres northwest of Moose Jaw.