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New Ministry of Labour order issued as part of its investigation into workplace accident

A possible clue has emerged into what may be the details surrounding a fall at a Lambton County wind farm construction site late last month.

Just days after the accident, the Ministry of Labour issued a heat protection order to Amec Foster Wheeler, who is overseeing construction of the 46-turbine Cedar Point wind farm.

That order remains in place in an effort to “protect workers from the hazards of heat stress and heat stroke while work is being performed inside the wind turbines,” ministry spokesperson William Lin said Wednesday.

But while the new order was “issued to the employer as part of the investigation,” Lin said he couldn’t say if heat stress or heat stroke was responsible for the worker’s fall.

A ministry investigation into the workplace accident is still ongoing.

On July 21, an unidentified Sentry Electrical worker was transported to hospital after he fell from an elevated height inside a wind turbine shaft on Ravenswood Line. He has since been released.

A day later, the ministry issued a total of 13 orders and requirements, including a stop-work order, against the three companies directly involved in the construction project.

Construction resumed at the Cedar Point Wind Power Project on July 24.

Suncor and NextEra Energy co-own the 46-turbine wind farm stretching across Plympton-Wyoming, Lambton Shores and Warwick Township.