The Alberta Labour Federation is calling for a review of child labour laws after an incident on a gravel pit last weekend killed a 15-year-old employee.
"It is very tragic," said Brad Lafortune, spokesman for Alberta Labour Federation.
Lafortune said the teen was working at the Arjon Construction Ltd. site with a conveyer belt machine. Lafortune said early reports indicate the teen may have been trying to unjam the machine when he was pulled into it after a piece of his clothing was caught.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Lafortune added that it appears the worker had only been working there a few weeks and was not being supervised.
Employee Standards and Alberta Occupational Health and Safety have launched investigations.
The labour federation issued a statement saying Alberta's child, youth and adolescent labour laws are among the worst in Canada.
The federation stated the province had a chance to toughen up those standards in a recent Employment Standards review, but nothing came of it.