Trailer door fell on boy, not a work-related death

Occupational Health and Safety staff was called out to a Red Deer oilfield business where a boy was fatally injured on Thursday, but determined it wasn’t a work-related incident, says department spokesman Barrie Harrison.

Occupational Health and Safety staff was called out to a Red Deer oilfield business where a boy was fatally injured on Thursday, but determined it wasn’t a work-related incident, says department spokesman Barrie Harrison.

Harrison said at least one investigator was dispatched on Thursday night to the scene of Quick Silver Wireline Ltd., located in Chiles Industrial Park.

The 12-year-old boy had been found unconscious at about 3:50 p.m.

Red Deer RCMP believe the boy had tried to open the rear door of a covered utility trailer when it toppled onto of him.

He later died in hospital after being rushed by ambulance through the middle of town. Police escorted the ambulance, stopping traffic along the way.

“We had discussions with the employers and the RCMP and determined it wasn’t work related,” said Harrison on Friday.

Harrison said the father had brought his son and two younger siblings there for the afternoon while he worked at Quick Silver.

“They were just waiting for their father’s shift to end,” Harrison said on Friday.

It was also determined the trailer was owned by the family involved, he added.

Harrison said he understands the trailer door is hinged at the bottom so it is able to fold down to create a ramp.

The trailer is then able to load things like a quad or a motorcycle, he added.

Red Deer RCMP report the investigation is closed.

The boy’s name has not been released.