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Ministry investigating following death of Sudbury construction worker

Worker was offloading utility pole when he was killed
An employee of R.M. Bélanger Ltd. died following an incident at Forest Ridge Golf Course, located in the Sudbury community of Chelmsford, on Sept. 17. (Supplied photo)

The Ministry of Labour is investigating the death of a construction worker following an incident at a Sudbury golf course on Sept. 17.

A 58-year-old employee of R.M. Bélanger Ltd. died after he was struck by a hydro pole while offloading it from the bed of a tractor-trailer, according to ministry spokesperson Janet Deline.

The incident took place at 1:55 p.m. at Forest Ridge Golf Course in Chelmsford, an outlying community of Greater Sudbury.

The worker was transported to hospital and was subsequently pronounced dead, Deline said in an email.

Ministry of Labour inspectors and an engineer attended the scene, and as a result, six orders were issued to R.M. Bélanger Ltd.

These relate to operating manuals for equipment; the inspection of equipment by a competent worker; and providing information, instruction and supervision to a worker.

Stop-work orders are in effect until the issues detailed in these orders have been addressed.

R.M. Bélanger Ltd. – which operates as Bélanger Construction – is a Chelmsford-based construction company that has been in operation for more than 50 years.

The company specializes in institutional, commercial and industrial construction projects.