Aggregate stockpile fatality
By Andy Bateman
April 6, 2010 – A fatal accident last week is a tragic reminder of the importance of proper stockpile
The Ottawa Citizen reported that a 26-year-old man was killed
in an industrial accident near Manotick. “Firefighters, police and paramedics
were called to Green Valley Environmental Services at 6107 1st Line Rd. at
about 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
"We got information that there was a man
operating machinery when rocks fell on to him. He was declared deceased when we
arrived," said Ottawa
paramedic spokesman J.P. Trottier.
Emergency personnel could be seen taking pictures of
the scene — a gravel pile estimated by emergency officials at about 12 metres
high with an (orange) excavator about half that height beside it partially
covered in gravel.
Police said the man was working on the excavator and
loading a dump truck when the accident happened. Police said he was (scooping)
excavating gravel from the bottom of the pile when the top portion of the pile
fell on to him. The man died when the cab of the excavator was "completely
crushed," said Trottier.
Firefighters were able to pull the excavator out from under the gravel
about two and a half hours after the accident and used extrication equipment to
retrieve the body.”