The accident occurred on July 28 at a site about 1.5 kilometres north of Athabasca. The 51-year-old worker was an employee of Contract Crushing Ltd. The prime contractor was Bilsky Contracting.
The occupational health and safety division of Alberta Human Services is investigating the incident, but they did issue a stop-use order on the crusher.
This particular fatality came just nine days after a remarkably similar incident in which a 15-year-old construction worker was fatally injured after he became entangled in a conveyor at a gravel crushing site near Drumheller. Due to his young age, that death has brought calls for much stricter rules regarding adolescent workers.
In the meantime, Alberta safety officials have recommended that those working around conveyors take the following precautions:
- Do not wear any clothing that is loose or torn;
- Remove all materials around and under the conveyor when operating;
- Keep clear of all moving parts during operation. Never jump or climb onto a conveyor while it is operating.
- Always be sure the conveyor is turned off and locked out when performing maintenance or service, or to clear a jam.
- In an emergency situation, activate the emergency stop and follow lock-out procedures.