Worker perishes in quarry fire

Stop-work order issued at facility while investigation continues

Worker perishes in quarry fire

One worker is dead after a fire at a quarry in Mulgrave in Nova Scotia.

The province’s Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration confirmed there was a fatality at the Martin Marietta facility in an email to news outlet CBC on Monday.

RCMP crews responded to a fire at the quarry. Once the fire was extinguished, the scene was turned over to the Department of Labour, according to Cpl. Chris Marshall.

No further details about the incident were available as of writing this article.

A stop-work order has been issued to the facility while the investigation continues, according to the report.

There have been several explosion incidents in Canada in recent months.

In April, Yukon occupational health and safety officials started investigating after at least one worker was injured during an explosion on a construction site for Normandy Manor.

Five people were hospitalized after an explosion and a fire at a food complex in Sherbrooke, QC in March.

A food warehouse delivery worker is filing a case against Walmart claiming he sustained serious injuries because of a defective portable battery charger he purchased at the megastore, according to a recent report.

A total of 16 military personnel were injured during the explosion at the Canadian Forces Base Comox, also known as 19 Wing Comox, on Vancouver Island in November 2021.

An unidentified person died while another one was seriously injured in an explosion at a chemical plant in East York, Toronto in September 2021.

In the U.S. back in June 2021, two firefighters were taken to area hospitals after responding to a fire at the Chemtool Plant in Rockton, Illinois – just weeks after federal investigators visited the site because of two health and safety complaints. The month before, the Canadian Labour Congress and the United Steelworkers union honoured the 29th anniversary of the disaster at the Westray coal mine in Plymouth, Nova Scotia that took place on May 9, 1992.

Improper management of combustion systems can cause fires and explosions, according to a previous report.