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Father says young man killed at Alberta jobsite had concerns about training

By The Canadian Press
| www.cos-mag.com

EDMONTON — The father of an 18-year-old man killed after he was crushed by a tractor trailer on a jobsite says he had urged his son to quit the job.

Brett Demary says his son Cody had come to him a couple of weeks ago with concerns about the company's training for new workers.

The young man worked as a general labourer for International Bulk Services, a subsidiary of CN.

Demary says what his son told him made him worried and so he urged Cody to find another job.

Occupational Health and Safety has issued a stop-work order as they investigate the scene at a railyard near Fort Saskatchewan. The tractor trailer involved has been seized for a mechanical inspection.

"We'll be looking at everything including the workplace training that has taken part," Barrie Harrison with OHS said. "That is regardless of whether a worker is 18 or 80."

"This dreadful accident is a harsh reminder that our industry can be unforgiving," International Bulk Services said in a statement.

"We are committed to safety and determined to get to the bottom of what happened in an effort to prevent this type of tragic accident in the future."

The investigation could take months. When it's completed, the report will be sent to the Crown, which will decide if charges should be laid.

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