The investigation continues into the workplace death of a Carberry man who was killed when a large metal structure fell on him.
RCMP investigates sudden deaths and continue to be involved in this investigation, although Workplace Safety and Health has taken the reins.
“I think they’re primarly taking the lead at this stage,” said Blue Hills RCMP Staff Sgt. Mike Zens.
Carberry RCMP was sent to a metal fabrication shop in the RM of North Cypress on May 23 around 11:30 a.m.
The initial report was that a man was working in the shop when the material he was working on collapsed.
Investigators have since determined that a 22-year-old employee of Fusion Design and Fabrication Ltd. (also known as Gabler Welding) was lifting a large metal structure with a hoist when a hook broke and the structure fell on him.
Zens said he believes that the structure may have been a steel catwalk of “substantial weight” being made for a grain elevator.
The Workplace Safety and Health Division of Manitoba Family Services and Labour continues to investigate, a provincial spokesman said.
A stop work order was put in place until “certain identified issues” have been addressed and remains in effect, the spokesman said.
Those issues weren’t specified and there’s no word yet about how long the investigation will take.
Workplace Safety and Health officers investigate serious incidents in the workplace, including deaths and the failure of certain equipment such as hoists. Results of an investigation can include the issuing of stop work orders, improvement orders and administrative penalties that range from $1,000 to $5,000.
Findings of an investigation may also be sent to Manitoba Justice to determine whether charges are warranted under the Workplace Safety and Health Act or the Criminal Code.
Fines under the Workplace Safety and Health Act range from not more than $250,000 for a first offence to not more than $500,000 for a second or subsequent offence.
A man who knew the deceased has identified him as Dale Jerome, who was laid to rest at the Carberry Plains Cemetery on Tuesday.
Family members haven’t responded to requests for an interview.
An official for Fusion Design and Fabrication wasn’t available for comment.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 2, 2012