Electrocuted worker fell onto hydro wires

BEAVERTON, ONTARIO - An Orillia man killed while working on a sign in Beaverton was electrocuted by overhanging hydro wires, according to the Durham Regional Police Service.

Shortly after 9 a.m. on April 15, the 49-year-old self-employed man, who was hired by TRJ Signman in Brechin for the Beaverton job, was removing Plexiglas from a plaza sign at 11 Beaver Ave.

, said Belinda Sutton, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Labour.

The man was on a ladder and "lost his footing or balance and rocked backwards" into the wires, said Durham police Sgt. Paul McCurbin, citing a witness report.

The victim's co-worker witnessed the incident and called 911.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have not released his name.

The Ministry of Labour is investigating.


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