Man suffers minor injuries after work site accident
By Greg McNeil
Cape Breton Post
Sat., May 16, 2009
Sydney - One man was transported to hospital with suspected minor injuries
following a work site accident at the Harbourside Industrial Park.
Breton Regional Police were called to the scene Friday around 12:30 p.m.
and quickly completed their investigation. According to Sgt. Max Sehl, a
man fell from a mechanical lift located at a new building at the Inglis
Street site in Sydney. "He was just working on the side wall inside that
building about half way up so probably no more than 8-10 feet off the
When the man fell from the lift, he landed on a gravel surface.
"There is a gate cage around those platforms and he never had the gate
closed," Sehl suspected. "They were working on the wall, doing some
welding to the side of the wall or something and he must have took one
step a little too far," said the regional police officer.
Sehl said it is
standard practice for police to stop work at the site once such calls come
in. "In a case like this what we did was rope off the area that was
involved and the piece of machinery involved and then the crew can go back
to work in the other areas. You could see that it wasn't anything to do
with the equipment . . . so they didn't have to worry about any faults
with the similar equipment being used."
The police investigation of the
case has been completed. The file is now in the hands of Nova Scotia
Labour and Workforce Development.
Karen Stone, director of communications
at the provincial department, confirmed an individual did fall from a
mechanical lift and an investigator is looking into the matter.
As of late
Friday afternoon, a spokesperson for the Cape Breton District Health
Authority said the man was in hospital in good condition