Fatal Bay Roberts industrial accident remains under investigation
Funerals for victims held Oct. 10
The work site where two men tragically lost their lives in Bay Roberts on Oct. 6 remains unchanged.
Along the side of the town’s municipal building, stacks of unused shingles sit on a wooden pallet between the offices of the mayor and chief executive officer.
The stacks have been there for the better part of a week after an industrial accident claimed the lives of two workers, aged 33 and 36, and injured a third.
The matter is under investigation by officials with Occupational Health and Safety.
The Compass spoke with a communications representative for Occupational Health and Safety, but the group would not be conducting interviews until the investigation had concluded.
On Friday (Oct. 10), the town offices were closed out of respect for the deceased and to attend their funerals.
A sense of sadness has permeated through Conception Bay North since the tragic accident.
The victims were first cousins as their mothers are sisters. The third victim was released from hospital late last week. He was the brother of one of the deceased.
Just after 3 p.m. on Oct. 6, RCMP was called to the scene of an industrial accident.
Working for Spaniard’s Bay’s Dun Rite Roofing Ltd., the victims were clueing up once it started to rain. They were using a special ladder with a mechanical wench for lifting shingles to the roof.
The engine removed, the group began the process of lowering the ladder when the aluminum instrument somehow came in contact with electricity.
The scene after the electricity hit has been described as chaotic. Town employees were among the first responders, calling paramedics and the fire department to the scene.
They were offered counseling last week.
The incident has been described as a freak accident, with the perfect alignment of circumstances for tragedy.
The father of one of the men was on site and tried to resuscitate his son. The pair had young families.
Dun Rite is a well-known company in the region and are known as experienced roofers.
Caution tape lines the back of the council building in Bay Roberts where a fatal industrial accident took place early last week.