A 44-year-old man killed on a city-run job site in southwest Edmonton was an employee of the city.
Police were called to the area of Ellerslie Road and 141 Street just after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Both police and EMS were lowered underground to the sewer line job site where the accident occurred.
The name of the worker has not been released, and Occupational Health and Safety investigators continue to work the scene. OHS has confirmed that the man was employed by the city.
City manager Linda Cochrane is not saying how many were a part of that particular crew. She told reporters until they find out the cause, all city tunneling operations have been called off.
“We’re hoping they can inform us of specifically what happened, both in broad and more detailed sets,” said Cochrane.
“Until we know more from Occupational Health and Safety, because we know so little about exactly what happened, we don’t know if it’s systemic across a number of sites or if it’s specific to this site, we may start reopening other sites or we may open them all fairly soon, I honestly can’t say.”
“They’re investigating this site, and whatever it is they have to say about this site, they and us will determine whether this applies beyond this site.”
The project runs 20 meters deep and when it’s complete it would be 155 meters long. Crews were about a quarter of the way through it.
There are about 100 tunneling employees citywide. (mw, kdr, sj)