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Man hit by falling ice at Red Deer area work site

An Alberta Occupational Health and Safety investigation is underway after a large piece of ice fell on a worker at a business in Gasoline Alley on Tuesday.

Red Deer Emergency Services and Red Deer County crews were out to Tankmaster Rentals on the east side of Gasoline Alley at about noon.

Company vice-president Mike Morton said that the man was taken to hospital.

The ice was in the tank and it fell off where the man was working.

“We were doing our cleaning,” said Morton.

Occupational Health and Safety spokesman Brookes Merritt said an 18-year-old man was working inside a 400-barrel tank that had been laid on its side and he was steaming the tank to remove ice buildup. That’s when a large piece of ice fell on the worker, Merritt said.

The worker suffered injuries to his pelvis and was transferred to Calgary Foothills Medical Centre, said Merritt.

Occupational Health and Safety investigators can issue stop work or stop-use orders, but this has not taken place, said Merritt.

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