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Statement on Recent Workplace Fatalities

June 16, 2021

The Society of United Professionals is saddened and alarmed by two recent fatalities in Society-represented workplaces. We extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of both workers killed on the job. This is a difficult time for us all.

The first fatality occurred on Monday, June 14. The incident occurred while two employees of a Kinectrics vendor were disassembling equipment at the KI North site at the Bruce Energy Centre near Tiverton. The deceased worker’s name has not been released. Work was halted at the site in recognition of the tragedy.

On Tuesday, June 15, a Hydro One employee was struck and killed by a vehicle on Highway 11 near Driftwood. The company issued a statement via social media acknowledging the incident and stating that “We’re doing everything we can to support those affected by this tragic loss.” The identity of the deceased worker has not been released but the Society understands they were a member of the Power Workers’ Union.

While investigations are underway, we all need to take these tragic circumstances as opportunities for learning and improving health and safety measures to eliminate workplace deaths completely.

Every single workplace fatality is preventable. These incidents are tragic reminders that we still have work to do to ensure that every single worker returns home safely at the end of each day.

We understand that learning of these incidents may cause you some distress and anxiety.  If so,  the Society encourages you to seek help through your workplace Employee Assistance Program. If you are not sure how to access it, contact your local Society representative.

Please take care of yourself at work and look out for your colleagues. Safety is everyone’s responsibility.

In solidarity,

Michelle Johnston

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