Workplace accident has resulted in death

A worker at IP Fabrications Ltd. died in a Calgary hospital on Wednesday after a workplace accident on Tuesday afternoon.

A worker at IP Fabrications Ltd. died in a Calgary hospital on Wednesday after a workplace accident on Tuesday afternoon.

The 35-year-old worker, whose name has not been released at the request of the family, was operating an angle grinder when the equipment blew apart, according to Alberta Employment and Immigration.

Several pieces of the wheel struck the worker.

A stop-work order was issued for an undetermined amount of time while officers from Occupational Health and Safety investigate the incident.

Chris Chodan, a spokesman for Alberta Employment and Immigration in Edmonton, said the investigation won’t change now that it’s become a fatality.

“For us it’s the same if it’s a near-miss, an injury or a fatality. If you have an unsafe situation, it needs to be investigated,” Chodan said.

“We have up to two years from the date of the incident to decide whether or not to lay charges.”

RCMP Red Deer Rural detachment are assisting in the investigation. The incident is not considered suspicious.

IP Fabrications Ltd. is in the Chiles Industrial Park, immediately north of Red Deer.

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