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Man dies after being electrocuted at industrial site north of Toronto

25-year-old Powerstream contractor dead after vehicle makes contact with overhead high voltage wires



VAUGHAN, Ont.—A 25-year-old man has died after being electrocuted at an industrial site north of Toronto on the morning of Nov. 24.

York Regional Police Const. Laura Nicolle said officers were called to the Vaughan, Ont. scene around 9:40 a.m. Tuesday after a man came into contract with hydro wires.

The man was rushed to hospital, but later pronounced dead, Nicolle said.

York police said they have no plans to release the identity of the victim and have turned the matter over to the Ontario Ministry of Labour for further investigation.

The worker was employed by PGC Services, a company contracted by the region’s major utility firm, Powerstream. The company expressed its condolences to the man’s family, friends and co-workers late Tuesday.

“PowerStream and its employees are deeply saddened by this loss of life, our thoughts and prayers are with his family, co-workers and friends at this most difficult time,” Maurizio Bevilacqua, PowerStream’s board chair and Brian Bentz, its president and CEO, said in a joint statement.

The company said the tragic incident involved “unintentional contact with overhead high-voltage electrical distribution lines by hydrovac excavation equipment being used by PGC Services to dig holes for new electrical poles.”

The company noted the Ministry of Labour has been advised and is investigating incident. Meanwhile, the PowerStream`s Health and Safety department has also opened its own internal investigation.

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