August 19, 2013
Alberta truck fatality investigated
Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) officers are investigating the death of a truck driver who was crushed while working on the construction of the Steinhauer Bridge in Fort McMurray, Alberta.
“A semi-trailer dump truck with about a 53 foot trailer and a raised box tipped over onto the cab of another semi-trailer parked beside it,” said Alberta OHS spokesperson Lisa Glover.
“The operator of the second truck was crushed.”<0x000A>The incident happened at about 5:55 p.m. on Aug. 9 at the Steinhauer Bridge.
The 43-year old male was employed by Rosco Holding.
The prime contractor on the project is Flatiron Construction.
OH&S officers are investigating the incident and a stop-work order was issued.
Flatiron was awarded a $51 million contract to rehabilitate the Steinhauer Bridge, which crosses the Athabasca River.
This project involves the demolition of the bridge superstructure, which includes the deck, girders and bearings, as well as retrofitting the bridge’s pier caps. Bridge capacity will be increased from two to three lanes.
The Steinhauer Bridge carries northbound traffic over the Athabasca River and is parallel to the new $127 million Athabasca River Bridge, which opened to four lanes of traffic in October 2011.
The five-lane bridge will ultimately provide three lanes for northbound Highway 63 traffic and two lanes for local northbound traffic from Franklin Avenue.
Flatiron is detouring traffic onto the new Athabasca River Bridge during construction on the Steinhauer Bridge.
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