Nunavut electrician dies in ‘tragic workplace incident’

Incident is under investigation

Nunavut electrician dies in ‘tragic workplace incident’

An electrician in Nunavut working for the Qulliq Energy Corp. (QEC) died in a workplace incident on Friday, according to a report.

The incident happened in the Naujaat hamlet, where a QEC crew was performing generator repairs last week.

The company confirmed the incident, but it did not provide further details around what actually happened, according to a report from the Nunatsiaq News.

“QEC is deeply saddened to confirm that a tragic workplace incident occurred at one of our facilities in Naujaat on Friday, July 5, that resulted in the death of one of our electricians,” the company said in a statement, according to the report.

“Our sincere condolences go out to the family, friends and our colleagues affected by this terrible loss.”

Nunavut’s Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission said it is investigating the incident, according to the report.

Meanwhile, Daniel Kinsella, executive director of the Nunavut Employees Union, said that while he is not certain about the identity of the worker who was killed, he believes that the worker was a union member.

He called on QEC to be transparent about the incident.

“I definitely appreciate there’s a concern about the family, and we think we know the family, but at the same time if people don’t know about workplace accidents then they take a little bit less care for preventing them,” Kinsella said, according to the Nunatsiaq News report.

“We think the word should be out there in some respectful, helpful way, and like I say, we want to make sure that their investigation is done properly and appropriately.”