A 24-year-old man from the RM of North Cypress is dead following a workplace accident near Alexander early Thursday morning.
Shortly after 2 a.m., Bluehills RCMP responded to an industrial fatality in the RM of Whitehead, approximately 10 kilometres northwest of Alexander.
"(He) was working a night shift when he became caught in an industrial machine," RCMP media spokeswoman Tara Seel said.
Local and area emergency medical services attended, however, the man was declared dead at the scene.
"It’s a tragic accident," Lynn Moffat said.
Moffat’s husband, Clint, owns Clint Moffat and Sons Ltd., the company the man was working for at the time of his death.
"The whole family including all of the workers, which is appropriately 50 now, are all stressed," she said.
"We are a family business and that means the employees are our family as well. Everyone is really upset. (He) was one of our own."
Moffat said it’s unclear exactly what happened, but that the worker, who had been with the company for approximately six months, was familiar with and trained in the procedures of running the crusher, which is commonly used at sand and gravel pits.
She also said the equipment didn’t fail.
Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health is investigating.
An official said the employee was running a telescoping radial stacking coveyor at the time of the incident.
The machine is designed to telescope and transport rock and sand on a conveyor belt.
There were three other workers on site.
The name of the deceased will not be released and police continue to investigate.
The investigation will determine "the cause, and identify if any contraventions of The Workplace Safety and Health Act and Regulations contributed to the incident occurring," the official said.
Based on those results, the government regulatory body could recommend Manitoba Justice pursue charges under the act.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 23, 2014