Fa­tal Bay Roberts in­dus­trial ac­ci­dent re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Fu­ner­als for vic­tims held Oct. 10

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

Cau­tion tape lines the back of the coun­cil build­ing in Bay Roberts where a fa­tal in­dus­trial ac­ci­dent took place early last week.

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