Pits & Quarries
“Hidden hazard” cited for quarry death
January 12, 2023 By CTV News
The inquest into a workplace death at an Oro-Medonte, Ont. quarry wrapped Tuesday with an engineering consultant’s witness testimony about the “hidden hazard” that resulted in Michael Pridham’s death.
Pridham died in the hospital on Dec. 21, 2018, from injuries he sustained after a rock crusher pinned the 35-year-old Barrie, Ont. man. The machine, which was more than 30 years old, didn’t have an operations manual, so instead, the workers relied on experience to dismantle it for transport to an auction.
Witnesses testified the team followed safety protocols, including protective gear, a site walkthrough, and a risk assessment.
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