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Ministry investigation ongoing into second worker injured in the construction of the Cedar Point wind farm  

Credit:  Worker was injured by falling tool | By Barbara Simpson, Sarnia Observer | Tuesday, September 1, 2015 | www.theobserver.ca ~~

A Lambton County wind farm construction worker sent to hospital last Friday was injured as the result of a tool falling from above, says the Ministry of Labour.

Ministry spokesperson William Lin confirmed Tuesday that the Borea Construction worker was struck by the falling tool, resulting in him being transported to hospital.

“We dispatched a inspector to the scene to investigate and our investigation is currently ongoing,” Lin said.

No orders have been issued to date against the companies involved in the construction of the Cedar Point wind farm, according to the ministry.

A spokesperson with the contractor Amec Wheeler Foster told The Observer over the weekend that the worker had been released from hospital and the company was conducting its own investigation into the incident.

“Tower work” had been suspended at the site Friday, according to the company official, but the construction site was expected to return to full operation “within the next day or two.”

Attempts to reach Amec Foster Wheeler and Suncor, who co-owns the wind farm project with NextEra, for an update weren’t successful Tuesday.

This is the second time a contract worker has been injured in the construction of the 46-turbine Cedar Point wind farm this summer.

On July 21, a Sentry Electrical worker fell from an elevated height inside a wind turbine shaft on Ravenswood Line. He was later released from hospital.

The Ministry of Labour issued 13 orders and requirements, including a stop-work order, for the project.

All of those orders and requirements were complied with, according to the ministry.

Construction resumed July 24.

The ministry later issued an order for the contractor to protect workers from the hazards of heat stress and heat stroke while performing work inside wind turbines.

That order has since been complied with.

The Cedar Point wind project is located in Plympton-Wyoming, Lambton Shores and Warwick Township.

Source:  Worker was injured by falling tool | By Barbara Simpson, Sarnia Observer | Tuesday, September 1, 2015 | www.theobserver.ca

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