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3 workers electrocuted in N.L. industrial accident

The Mounties were called to the site of an industrial accident at the Bay Roberts town council building

BAY ROBERTS, N.L.—The RCMP in eastern Newfoundland say two men are dead and another person is injured after they somehow came into contact with electricity.

The Mounties were called October 6 to the site of what they said was an industrial accident in Bay Roberts, where the municipality was having work done on its town council building.

Police say three workers somehow came into contact with electricity, leaving two of them dead and injuring another.

Staff Sgt. Bud Bennett says he did not know how the workers came into contact with the electricity.

But the RCMP issued a statement saying the workers were believed to have been moving an aluminum ladder and there was mist and rain at the time of the accident.

The RCMP said they did not know what injuries the surviving worker suffered.

Occupational health and safety officials are investigating.

Town Mayor Philip Wood said as many as four people were taken to hospital from the scene.

Wood said the men worked for a local contracting company, one that he hired to work on his roof a couple of years ago.

“It’s obviously very upsetting. We’re a small town of 6,000 and whenever something like this happens it’s a very difficult and tragic situation,” said Wood on Monday evening. “I know these workers. They were great workers and a great group of individuals.”

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