The Department of Labour has confirmed that it is investigating the death of a man whose body was pulled from the water near the MacKay Bridge in Halifax as a workplace fatality.
Department spokeswoman Shannon Kerr said in an email Tuesday afternoon that a stopwork order has been placed at the site and investigators are looking into the death.
She said no other information is being released right now.
Halifax Regional Police said the victim was a 44-year-old man from Ellershouse. Police were called initially about a report of a man’s body in the water just before 10 a.m. Monday.
The man was discovered by a passerby, Const. Carol McIsaac said. She said that evidence police recovered at the scene led them to believe it was a workplace incident.
They later said the incident happened on land.
Kerr said the department wasn’t providing further information, including whether or not anyoneknew the man had been injured or was missing, when he was last seen, or what happened.
She said the investigation is continuing.
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In a statement, the authority said it was “saddened to learn of this unfortunate incident, and our thoughts are with the individual and his family.”
It said the deceased was not an employee of the port, and it was providing support to investigators.