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Man dies after workplace incident at Irving’s Halifax Shipyard

Man dies after workplace incident at Irving’s Halifax Shipyard
Man dies after workplace incident at Irving’s Halifax Shipyard

A 43-year-old man died Monday after being struck by a piece of equipment at the Halifax shipyard.

Irving Shipbuilding spokesman Mel Schori confirmed the death but did not provide details about what happened. On Wednesday, Schori said the man who died was Jamie Knight.

“As we work to coordinate support for Jamie’s family, our thoughts and condolences are with them, his colleagues and friends. We remain focused on providing the resources and support needed during this difficult time, including bereavement counseling and providing leave to any employee who needs time away,” Schori said in a statement.

“Safety is and remains Irving Shipbuilding’s highest priority. We are working closely with the ongoing investigation into this tragic accident, which is being conducted by the Nova Scotia Department of Labour, while also conducting our own internal investigation.”

Department of Labor spokeswoman Monica MacLean said a stop-work order has been issued and an investigation into safe operating procedures for snow removal is underway. She said the equipment involved in the incident is undergoing a mechanical evaluation.

Unifor spokesperson Jennifer Murray said the union is working with the Department of Labor, the police department and Irving as the investigation continues.

Halifax Regional Police said in a news release Tuesday morning that officers were called to the scene around 11:40 a.m. Monday. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

It was said that the police’s integrated criminal investigation department is cooperating with the Ministry of Labor, but that the investigation is still in its early stages.

On February 8, the department issued two stop-work orders at the shipyard that were “related to the grinding of lead paint on board a vessel.”

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