Red Deer man killed in workplace accident along QE II Highway near Airdrie

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)
September 13, 2017 - 10:50am

A 37-year-old man from Red Deer is dead following a workplace accident along the QE II Highway.

Airdrie RCMP responded Tuesday to the scene of the accident, approximately 10 kilometres north of Airdrie in the northbound lanes of the highway.

Police say traffic was reduced to one lane in the area while construction crews were removing steel girders using an excavator to load them onto a flat deck trailer.

Preliminary investigation suggests that a steel girder had swung into the traffic lane while being lifted onto the trailer and was struck by a north bound semi-tractor trailer unit.

The resulting impact struck a construction worker and he was pronounced dead on scene. No other injuries were reported.

The driver of the semi-truck was not injured and remained at scene.

Traffic was shut down in the northbound lanes for approximately three hours while Occupational Health and Safety was on scene conducting their investigation.

The deceased's name will not be released. OHS continues to investigate.

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