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Officials investigating deadly accident at terminal

A 45-year-old Halifax area man died Sunday night when he was struck bya shunt -- a large device used to transport containers -- while workingat Ceres terminal, police said.

A 45-year-old Halifax area man died Sunday night when he was struck by a shunt -- a large device used to transport containers -- while working at Ceres terminal, police said.

The fatal accident happened shortly before 10 p.m. at the terminal on Bayne Street, near a ship docked in the Bedford Basin, according to police.

“The accident occurred underneath the cranes, which line up over top of the ship,” police spokesman Const. Brian Palmeter said yesterday afternoon. “He was working in the area underneath the cranes.”

Palmeter said police are “conducting a standard investigation into the matter.” The Labour Program of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada is conducting its own investigation.

In an e-mail to Metro Halifax yesterday, a representative of the federal government department wrote that the latter investigation is being conducted “in accordance with the requirements of the Canada Labour Code.”

The e-mail also said “information on an investigation cannot be shared,” also under the terms of the Canada Labour Code.

Palmeter called the workplace tragedy “an unfortunate incident,” adding paramedics declared the man dead on scene. He said police don’t plan to release the victim’s name.

 
 
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