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Fundraising Campaign Set Up For Man Killed In Workplace Accident At St Mary’s Cement In Bowmanville

KAWARTHA LAKES-A Go Fund Me campaign has been set up for the family of a man killed in a workplace accident at St Mary’s Cement in Bowmanville.

Mitchell Watson was reportedly found trapped beneath a piece of equipment just before 8:30 am on March 21 and was later pronounced deceased.

“On March 21, Mitch Watson passed away suddenly, leaving so many devastated by the news. A son, a brother, and a friend to many, Mitch was the light in so many lives. He will be missed beyond words.” says the Go Fund Me campaign. “Mitch’s memory will be carried on by his father Mike, his mother Deanna, his sister Brooke, his loving girlfriend Lauren, his extended family, his work colleagues, and so many of us who were lucky enough to call him a friend.”
Millwright Local 2309 notified its members on Facebook.
“It saddens us to inform you that one of our Local 2309 Brothers had suffered fatal injuries in Bowmanville early yesterday. There is full investigation ongoing, we will provide more details when available. Our hearts go out to the family, friends, and co-workers.”

The Ministry of Labour has issued two orders to St Mary’s Cement in Bowmanville after the incident.

“We can confirm that on the morning of Tuesday, March 21, a third-party contractor was involved in an accident and succumbed to fatal injuries while working at the site,” a spokesperson from St Marys Cement told the Daily Commercial News in an email.

“First and foremost, our deepest sympathies go out to the family, friends and coworkers of the individual. We are working with Ministry of Labour inspectors as an investigation into the incident is underway. Out of respect for the worker, their family and their employer, the company is not disclosing any additional details at this time.” reported the Daily Commercial News.

The Ministry says the third-party employer is Trade-Mark Industrial and the constructor is St. Marys Cement. The Ministry told Kawartha 411 it has issued two “requirements”, which is a type of order, to St mary’s Cement but would not elaborate on what type of information they are looking for.

According to the Ministry when an inspector determines that a contravention of the Occupational Health and Safety Act is occurring, they issue orders to the appropriate workplace party to bring them into compliance. An order can be issued to various workplace parties including the employer, supervisor, or to a worker. Examples include: guardrail on a mezzanine, clearing debris to prevent trip hazards, protect workers from electrical hazards, etc.

Requirements are types of orders issued when an inspector needs to gather information or determine/verify compliance. Examples include: a requirement to provide documents, records or information or to keep employees away from the scene (hold the scene).

“Our sincere condolences to the family, friends and coworkers of the deceased.” said the Ministry in a statement to Kawartha 411 News.

The investigation is ongoing.

Click here for a link to the fundraising campaign. https://www.gofundme.com/f/mitch-watson?utm_campaign=m_pd+share-sheet&utm_content=undefined&utm_medium=copy_link_all&utm_source=customer&utm_term=undefined


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