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Astaldi resumes work at Muskrat Falls after ‘near miss’ incident

Astaldi Canada resumed work at the Muskrat Falls site today, after what they are calling a load of steel fell from a crane at the site on Tuesday.

“A load of steel was being hoisted by a crane and as a result of a rigging failure, the load fell to the ground from an approximate height of 40 feet,” said Matthew Pike, manager of external relations for Astaldi Canada in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

“No workers were injured as a result of this high potential near miss and Astaldi Canada immediately stopped all construction activities and implemented a safety stand down.”

Pike said after much discussion between management, supervisors and employees, regularly scheduled work commenced today.

“Along with conducting regular daily and task-oriented safety meetings, all Astaldi Canada employees will partake in mandatory two hour site wide safety activities and then resume construction of the intake, powerhouse, spillway and transition dams,” he noted.

“Every employee will be briefed on the details of the high potential near miss before they return to work.”

Pike said a full investigation is ongoing.

“I want to reiterate that the health and safety of our workers is and always will be, Astaldi Canada’s top priority,” he said.


Organizations: Astaldi Canada

Geographic location: Happy Valley, Goose Bay

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