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Outdoor industrial accident seriously injures man in Halifax

Worker's leg cut open, says witness


(Canadian OH&S News) — A worker was seriously injured in an industrial accident in the Fairview area of Halifax early in the afternoon of Dec. 7.

The Halifax Regional Police (HRP) and emergency services responded to reports of a workplace accident at the side of a Fairview street, according to local Global News videographer and editor Cory McGraw, who tweeted about the first responders’ arrival at the scene as it happened.

“Police say a man suffered serious, but not life-threatening, injuries in [the] industrial accident,” wrote McGraw. He added that another worker at the site had “heard a scream and ran out to see [the] co-worker with [his] leg cut open.”

Occupational health and safety officers from the Nova Scotia Department of Labour also attended the scene of the accident, McGraw said. An ambulance transported the victim to a hospital.

The Department of Labour confirmed in a Dec. 8 press statement that its oh&s officers had been on the site “to secure the scene and begin to gather facts surrounding the incident,” the statement read. “The investigation is ongoing.”

No other details were available at the time.

The HRP declined to comment to COHSN about the incident, as the investigation had passed to the Labour Department.

Local media reports stated that the accident had occurred on Adelaide Avenue in Fairview and that police had been called to the site at about 12:30 p.m. that day.