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United Steelworkers says electrician killed by rigging at Agrium’s Vanscoy, Saskatchewan mine

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A Saskatchewan electrician who died at an Agrium potash mine was struck by a metal rigging device that fell six storeys, according the United Steelworkers Local 7552.

VANSCOY, Sask.

A Saskatchewan electrician who died at an Agrium potash mine was struck by a metal rigging device that fell six storeys, according the United Steelworkers Local 7552.

Edward Artic, 59, died at the work site on Tuesday, May 11, after being struck in the head by a metal object above ground at the mine site.

He had worked at the Vanscoy area mine for more than a decade. Artic is the seventh worker killed at the site, west of Saskatoon, since mining began in 1968 and the first since 1984.

The death sparked a province- wide ban on the type of lifting being performed at the mine. The Saskatchewan Mining Branch’s Saskatoon Mining Branch wrote a contravention order against the procedure that was being used.

No further hoisting was to be done unless the load could be fully secured.

“Our hearts go out to Edward’s family and friends,” said Kelly Reynolds, the union’s safety co-ordinator at the above ground operations.

Artic was a father of two adult children and had 35 years of experience on industrial worksites.

“Edward trained many apprentices over the years. He was respected for his skills and knowledge,” added Reynolds.

There have been 53 fatalities in the 52-year history of potash mining in Saskatchewan.

DCN NEWS SERVICES

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