Worker injured at Muskrat Falls site

Employee struck by trailer while working on transmission line

Derek Montague
Published on June 25, 2014
Workers prepare part of the site at the Muskrat Falls project in Labrador in June 2013.
— TC Media file photo

For nearly a week, a rumour was circulating in central Labrador that an employee at the Muskrat Falls project was involved in an accident.

On June 25, a Nalcor spokesperson confirmed it via email, saying someone who was working on the construction of the transmission line between Muskrat Falls and Churchill Falls was struck by a trailer.

“A worker was between the back of a pickup truck and a trailer that was attached to the truck,” the email states.

“The driver of the truck was unaware that the other worker was between the two vehicles and didn’t see the worker before moving the truck forward. The worker was struck by the trailer as it moved forward and was knocked down to the ground.”

Nalcor said the employee’s lower extremities were bruised and they sustained abrasions.

The accident victim was assessed by first responders onsite, then taken to the Labrador Health Centre in Happy Valley-Goose Bay for further assessment.

The spokesperson said an investigation into the accident is underway.

“Crew safety stand-downs have been conducted onsite and a full investigation into the incident is ongoing,” states the email.

“Safety is Nalcor’s No. 1 priority and we continue our diligence in our safety programs, policies and procedures to ensure the safety of every worker and the public. We will ensure a full safety investigation is completed and that the contractor and its workers implement all safety recommendations that might be identified following this incident.”