Ottawa police say they are investigating alongside the Ministry of Labour after a man was struck and killed by a garbage truck on Cyrville Road on Monday morning.
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According to Ottawa police, two garbage trucks were involved in a collision with each other, and the man received life-threatening injuries in the incident. He later succumbed to his injuries.
One man has died after workplace incident in east end
In a statement released Monday, Acting General Manager for Public Works Quentin Levesque confirmed that the man was an employee with the city of Ottawa.
“We are saddened to announce that a City of Ottawa employee from the Public Works and Environmental Services Department has died following a serious incident this morning,” said Levesque.
“Obviously it was a tragic situation that took place in the east end and we mourn for his loss as well as the families who are going through a very hard time.”
“First and foremost, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of our employee. Today is an extremely difficult day for those who are affected by this tragic incident.”
Levesque says that support is being given to all affected through the city’s employee assistance program.
The Ministry of Labour has also launched an investigation into the incident, as is protocol when a person dies while at work.
Police say the family of the man has been notified and that their investigation and the parallel Ministry of Labour investigation are ongoing.
Later on Monday, the City of Ottawa said flags at all city sites will be lowered to half-mast immediately in memory of the employee “who tragically lost his life in a workplace accident this morning.”
A 55-year-old city employee died after being crushed between two City of Ottawa garbage trucks Monday morning.
The city’s flags will remain at half-mast until sunset on the day of the employee’s memorial service, according to a statement from the City of Ottawa.
A City of Ottawa worker has died after he was struck in an incident involving two garbage trucks on Cyrville Road early Monday morning.
Ottawa police confirmed a 55-year-old man was working between the two trucks near Innes Road at about 7 a.m. when a collision occurred. The precise nature of the crash has not yet been released.
"We know that two garbage trucks were involved in a collision. A male was working between the two trucks when he was struck," said Det.-Const. Kevin Bradford.
Two garbage trucks were involved in a collision, a male was working between the two trucks when he was struck, he was pronounced deceased, said Det.-Const. Kevin Bradford.
The city confirmed the man was a City of Ottawa employee from the public works and environmental services department.
Flags at all city sites have been lowered to half-mast, and will remain there until sunset on the day of the memorial service, the city announced Monday afternoon.
"First and foremost, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of our employee. Today is an extremely difficult day for those who are affected by this tragic incident. The city is providing support to its employees through the Employee Assistance Program," said the public works department's acting general manager, Quentin Levesque, in an emailed statement.
"Obviously our hearts and prayers go out to his family. To lose a member of our staff is like losing a member of the family," he said.
The worker suffered critical injuries. He was taken to the Ottawa Hospital's Civic campus trauma unit, and was pronounced dead en route.
Ottawa police are leading the investigation into the incident. Ontario's Ministry of Labour is also taking part.
"The investigation is in its infancy and right now we are looking at the actions of everyone involved," Bradford said.
Roads in the area will be closed until investigators collect the information they need, which is estimated to take several hours.
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