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Man dies following incident at construction site

By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express

A worker injured after being pinned beneath heavy equipment at an Oshawa construction site has died.

The man, employed by Orin Contractors, was rescued by city firefighters on June 19 after being struck by and pinned under the bucket of a backhoe in a trench.

He was working on a site of the Verdun Road rebuild, just north of Eulalie Avenue. The project was contracted out to Orin by the City of Oshawa.

After being rescued, he was taken to hospital with critical injuries. The Ministry of Labour confirmed the man passed away on June 21.

His identity has not been released to the public.

Ministry spokesperson Janet Deline confirmed that two orders were issued to Orin by inspectors, both of which were complied with, including requirements that the scene not be disturbed and to provide documentation.

“Two of our inspectors returned to the workplace [June 21], and all of the requirements were fulfilled,” Deline told The Oshawa Express June 22.

Deline says the investigation is ongoing and if charges are warranted, it may take over a year before those details are released.