Blog Post #100 – Wall Collapse Fatally Injures Worker

Blog Post #100 – Wall Collapse Fatally Injures Worker

Excerpt from the OH&S Canada Magazine

A 34-year-old worker was fatally injured on September 8, 2010 when a pre-fabricated concrete wall fell on him at a construction site near Halifax.

Chrissy Matheson, a spokesperson for Nova Scotia Labour and Workforce Development, says the accident occurred at about 11:30 am at the Burnside Industrial Park. The five-year employee of Tilt- Pro Contracting was working near the concrete wall, part of the future site of an Armour Transportation Systems (ATS) building, when a cement truck backed into the wall. The contact caused the wall to come down on the worker.

Constable Jeff Carr, a public information officer with the Halifax Regional Police, says the worker suffered “severe injuries to his lower extremities.” He was taken to hospital, where he later died.

Matheson says provincial investigators issued two verbal orders requiring the company to “have the vehicle involved in the accident inspected properly,” and to develop an internal incident report.

ATS spokesperson Tracey Tulloch says the company is also doing its own review.

Julie Trites, a communications advisor for Nova Scotia’s WCB, says board figures show that although there was only one fatality in the construction industry last year, there were more than 2,900 injuries. Of those, 762 injuries were serious enough to require time off the job.

My opinion

Here we see a company not in tune with the safety standards in the province of Nova Scotia. Mind you, Nova Scotia was quite lacking for health and safety standards, like her sister province, Alberta. Do you remember the Westray mining accident of 1992? This accident, even though it happened in Nova Scotia, it drove change all across Canada with Bill C45. At the time, Canada, as well as Nova Scotia, had deficient health and safety laws or lacked them altogether. Now we have section 217.1 of the Canadian criminal code which states, “Everyone who has the authority to direct how another person does work or performs a task, is under a legal duty to take reasonable steps to prevent bodily harm to that person, or any other person, arising from that work or task.” It is funny to see that in the light of the business of Canada, or in this case, Nova Scotia, health and safety of the workforce is only improved after a catastrophic event such as the Westray mining accident.

I do hope that legislative changes come out of the accident. At the very least, a sufficient fine is needed as a deterrent. Let us hope that this is the case or other workers will be at the mercy of the unprotected worksite.

Remember — In Ontario, “ALL Accidents are Preventable”

‘Work’ and ‘Play’ safe.

Daniel L. Beal
CHSEP – Foundation Level
VP & Senior Trainer
HRSGroup Inc.



  1. Morris

    Hello Website Owner! I found your blog on Google and I really like it.

  2. Mike

    To: Website Owner! I like your WordPress site and I found your page through Google. Thanks, keep up the good work.

  3. Harriott

    Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your blog and in accession capital to assert that I get actually enjoyed account your blog posts. Any way I will be subscribing to your feeds and even I achievement you access consistently fast.

    1. Deejay

      Very valid, succinct, and on point.

    2. Thena

      People like you get all the brains. I just get to say thanks for the answer.

  4. Patricia

    I want to thank you for all the great information you are providing.

  5. Cassie

    Way to go on this essay, helepd a ton.

  6. Emmy

    I’m really into it, thnkas for this great stuff!

  7. Neifert

    Excellent points here.

  8. Sergio

    Good for you!

  9. Alana Fash

    Good on you for creating a post on this subject. There is not a great deal of content written about it (not particularly good anyway). It is refreshing to see it receiving more coverage. Cheers!

  10. Fabian

    Couldn’t have said it better myself!

  11. Mel Rabell

    Kudos for creating content on this particular subject. There isn’t a lot of content written about it (not particularly good anyway). It is pleasing to see it getting a little bit more coverage. Thanks again!

  12. Janice Cristal

    Thanks kindly for creating a post on this particular subject. There is not a great deal of content published about it (not particularly useful anyway). It is refreshing to see it getting slighlty more coverage. Thanks again!

  13. hotshot bald cop

    Wonderful ideas.

  14. Sandra

    Thanks for the website loaded with a lot of information.

  15. Waldo

    Ive just lately began a blog, the information you present on this website has helpful to me tremendously. Thank you for all your time and work.

  16. Mia Monroe

    I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great.

  17. Bowman

    Thanks for taking the time to share this. I’ve found it extremely helpful.

  18. Godfrey

    I finally found what I was looking for here at this website.

  19. Holcroft

    Great post, I like it. Just saved your blog and I’ll make sure to come visit again.

  20. Fedele

    Hey there! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new apple i-phone! Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts! Keep up the outstanding work!

  21. Spanicek

    Hi there, can you send some more.

  22. Wittwer

    I could not have stated it any better myself!

  23. Amber

    Hi there, You have done a fantastic job. I will certainly digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I am sure they will benefit from this web site.

  24. Cantrel

    Reading this would be beneficial.

  25. Clyde

    Very nicely put.

  26. Sabrina

    Finally, someone who gets it!

  27. Shari

    I wanted to thank you for all the great information you are providing.

  28. Jaime

    This is good material.

  29. Merrill Giffin

    I simply want to say I am very new to blogs and definitely enjoyed this website.

  30. Ishmael

    Good for you!

  31. Raymond

    I get a few ideas when I come here.

  32. Kenneth

    I really like your writing style.

  33. Kristie

    More of the same!

  34. Tiffany

    You certainly have wonderful writings.

  35. Alex Windham

    World class!

  36. Warren

    I am going to continuously check up on new posts.

  37. Timothy

    Worth the read!

Post a comment