Man dies following workplace incident at Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax
Published Saturday, July 6, 2019 3:55PM ADT
Last Updated Monday, July 8, 2019 11:07PM ADT
A man who was injured at the Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax last Tuesday has died as a result of his injuries.
Trevor O’Neil died Friday night in hospital. O'Neil worked for MacKinnon and Olding, a marine industrial contractor based in Dartmouth, and the company confirmed his death in a statement.
The 40-year-old was sent to hospital with life-threatening injuries after he was struck in the head by a piece of pressurized metal while servicing a piece of equipment.
Halifax Regional Police and the Nova Scotia Department of Labour are investigating the incident. Irving Shipbuilding says it is also investigating.
“We would certainly look at whether there is any criminal element or aspects to the investigation,” said Halifax Regional Police Const. John MacLeod. “Otherwise, it will lie with the Department of Labour.”
The Department of Labour says it has issued a stop-work order on the equipment involved in the incident and the surrounding work area.
However, the department wouldn’t release any other information, including where exactly the incident happened, or what sort of equipment the man was working on.
“We have no further information to share at this time,” said a labour official in an emailed statement. “We are respectfully declining your request for an interview, as our investigation is ongoing.”
The company did say officials were on site Wednesday to provide emotional support for workers.
The president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour says workers are injured or killed on the job far too often.
“Roughly, there’s about 1,000 workers that get killed on the job here in Canada, so any time we hear this stuff, it give us pause,” said Danny Cavanaugh. “We hope the individual that was hurt gets a speedy recovery and it doesn’t turn into another workplace death in the province.”
Officials say there was a moment of silence at the shipyard Saturday morning that all employees observed.
A GoFundMe campaign has been started and has raised over $12,000 in two days.
The money raised will go directly to O’Neil’s mother and family.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Natasha Pace