My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, co-workers and yes, the company. To my knowledge, no information has been released on the cause of this tragic workplace accident. I hear a lot of talk about fall protection and guard rails etc. At 61, I would assume that this worker was well versed in his job and the safety requirements under the NL OH & S Act and Regulations and his company. As someone who works in construction, I can tell you that most workers are informed and instructed in safe work practices. This is a tragedy no doubt but I'll reserve the right to place blame when all the details have been investigated. The sad truth is that accidents do happen and quite often, its the result of a short cut taken or someone trying to save time at a job. I agree, weather could have played a role in this situation. Workers rush in poor weather conditions to get in out of the cold and wet. This is a reality we face in NL 80% of the year. The sad part is that a man nearing retirement is now dead and a family is left to mourn. This will also change the life of every person who worked with him. No one will be the same. How unfortunate that someone had to die to make his co-workers and the other contractors on site re-evaluate how they work. Work safe people. At the end of the day, work is only a job and the only real thing that matters is going home to your family.
Posted: 10/26/2012 8:54:04 PM
is that the only railing that is required on a seven story building under construction in this province 2 by 4 nailed together if it is health and safety should be held accountable
Posted: 10/26/2012 5:36:31 PM
Concerned Citizen :
Many thought go to the family of the victim.
However being an employer in the construction industry I have to say you guys are really jumping the gun here you need to know all circumstances before you blaim anyone for what happened.
Posted: 10/26/2012 4:41:21 PM
Was he not wearing a harness?
Posted: 10/26/2012 11:32:14 AM
The company's Occupational Health and Safety failed this man. Worked should have been delayed/stopped until conditions improved even if it took a day or two longer. And it is clear that this man was not properly secured to a harness of some kind.
Where was the government oversight on these regulations?
Posted: 10/26/2012 11:17:07 AM
Once again we have to hear of a worker being killed. Once again WHSCC will investigate, and once again if the company is found to be at fault the company will get a fine that no mater the size will not bring back someone's father, husband,brother, uncle, and friend. We as a society should not take " get the work done or else". Enough of people dying on the job for no other reason but greed. My prayers go out to the man's family.
Posted: 10/26/2012 11:04:48 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with the gentleman's family and friends, with the terrible weather yesterday nobody should have been out there not alone without the proper safety equipment
Posted: 10/26/2012 10:56:49 AM
Yes b'y :
This has not left my mind yet today.
Truely sad. However everyone including 'Carogers' and 'Jack' noone of us knows what happened there yet. Insted of bitching and linching lets gireive investigate and see what happend. Get to the root cause, implement corrective actions
Posted: 10/26/2012 10:45:38 AM
Yes the man fell but it seems everyone is automatically assuming it was wind and rain. It could have easily been faulty equipment, an error in judgement. Not to say this isn't tragic but to autmatically blame the employer, want charges to be laid, multi million $ lawsuit. How about we find out what REALLY happened first before we make comments on actions and lawsuits.
Posted: 10/26/2012 9:51:33 AM
Jocko on the rocko :
My condolences to the family. No one deserves to go to work in the morning and not come home in the evening due to a horrible accident like this. We don't know the cause and just to blame anyone or anything right now is just not right.
With regards to fall arrrest and it's implamentation? Having worked on a few very large projects in the past where Fall arrest was mandatory and you could lose your job if caught not hooked up, I saw more than a few not hooked in and a few get fired yet the message still doesn't get across. Not saying that this is what happened here but way to many men assume they don't need to be hooked in or it's and hindrance. Why do we need to hook up? I get tangled in it? This is foolishness? These are a few of the comments made by workers about fall arrest systems and their use.
In the end it's there for your protection and it could mean the difference of you going home to your family in the evening.
Posted: 10/26/2012 9:26:46 AM
Very sorry to hear about this loss, But everyone should know you have a right to refuse unsafe work. Work place accidents happen but you have a choice to refuse it.
Posted: 10/26/2012 9:12:30 AM
Sorry to hear about him. My thoughts and prayers go out to this man's family and coworker. Wonder, why it is continue work during heavy rain and strong windy. I think it is wrong to continue work due poor weather.
Posted: 10/26/2012 8:12:09 AM
Since the construction work was done in less than ideal weather conditions with heavy rain and strong winds, I hope the company will face Criminal Negligence Causing Death charges and hit with a multi million dollar civil suit to go with it.
Shame on the contractor for forcing employees to work in windy conditions.
Posted: 10/26/2012 7:40:31 AM
Thsi is terrible will the company now implement fall arrest procedures. we have had more fall from height accidents this year since then I recall any other year. OHS regulations on fall protection was introduced and employers are not ensuring its being used. Its uncomfortable and hard to get used to but better than leaving your family too suddenly.
Posted: 10/26/2012 7:02:22 AM
Yes b'y :
Everyone deserves to go home the same way they arrived at work in the morning. My thoughts and prayers go out to this mans family and coworkers.