16-year-old worker killed by snowplow

Teen was working in parking lot in Quebec

16-year-old worker killed by snowplow

A 16-year-old boy has died after he was stuck by a snowplow while working in the parking lot of a shopping mall.

It happened Monday night at the Galeries Laval shopping centre in Laval, Quebec. The Montreal Gazette is reporting the boy was employed by one of the stores in the mall.

It is not clear exactly what type of work he was performing at the time. Canadian Occupational Safety reached out to the province’s workplace health and safety board, CNESST, to find out more information. It responded with this short statement.

"The CNESST dispatched an inspector to the scene to find out more about this accident."

Laval police have also indicated the boy’s death was likely the result of an accident, according to the Canadian Press.

Police say the snowplow was being driven by a 49-year-old man, who was treated at the scene for nervous shock. They say he will be questioned when his condition improves.

Investigators are also looking for witnesses to interview and are examining surveillance footage to get a better understanding of how the incident happened.

Police say currently it does not appear to be criminal in nature.

Quebec is the only province in Canada that does have a minimum age to enter the workforce. But that is expected to change this year with a new bill that would restrict the minimum age to 14-years-old with a few exceptions.