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Worker killed at road construction site

Richard Gilbert

A construction worker was hit by a vehicle and killed at a road construction site in St. Albert, Alberta last week.

A 25-year old male was working as a pavement tester,” said Brookes Merritt, Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) spokesperson. “As the worker was testing the new pavement, he was backed over by a company pick-up truck. He was taken to the hospital in St. Albert, but succumbed to his injuries. ”

The incident happened on Oct. 9 at about 4 p.m. and the man was employed by O’Hanlon Paving Ltd.

The company is working on a road resurfacing project at the Akins Drive and Hebert Road intersection.

Members of the road crew were moving equipment and vehicles to different locations, when the man was hit by a pickup truck driven by a co-worker.

“On behalf of St. Albert City Council, I pass my thoughts and prayers to the young man’s family and friends,” said Nolan Crouse, mayor of the municipality.

The man was transported to Sturgeon Hospital in St. Albert and treated for his injuries.

However, he died shortly after the incident at 5 p.m.

The name of the victim has not been released to the public out of respect for the family’s wishes.

An investigation to determine the cause of the incident is being undertaken by City of St. Albert staff, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the contractor and Alberta OH&S.

“There is a stop use order on the pick-up truck and the RCMP has shut down the street, during the investigation,” said Merritt.

An RCMP collision re-constructionist was called to the scene to assist in the investigation.

Alberta OH&S officers were also at the scene to conduct a separate investigation.

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