N.L. government charged in relation to paint crew worker's death

N.L. government charged in relation to paint crew worker's death

The Newfoundland & Labrador Transportation & Works department is facing charges stemming from an incident two years ago. which resulted in the death of a paint crew worker.

Wayne Wall, 41, died on impact as he was setting up road-painting signs in near the Flat Bay turnoff on the west coast on July 23, 2013.

The accident occurred six kilometres west of Flat Bay Hill.

In a news release Thursday, Service NL said the department, which employed the worker, is facing eight counts under the Occupational Health & Safety Act.

"This traffic incident has had a profound impact [Wall's family] and on the staff & crews of the department of Transportation & Works who knew & worked with Mr. Wall," said Minister David Brazil in a statement.

"Our goal is to avoid or minimize the threat of a workplace accident & department staff & crews on the province's highways play an significant role in achieving this goal."

It's alleged Transportation & Works failed to provide a safe workplace, instruction & supervision, ensure effective traffic control, & ensure an occupational health & safety program was implemented.

The case will be called in provincial court in Stephenville on Sept. 21. 

Source: “CBC”

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