A tandem dump truck was pulled from the water off Africville Road in Halifax on Wednesday as Labour Department investigators continued to look into a workplace death at a site where pyritic slate is dumped at Fairview Cove.
Truck drivers near the scene Wednesday said no one initially knew the 44-year-old man and his truck were missing, and other loads of rock may have been dumped into the water where the truck was found.
The address is known as the Fairview Cove Sequestration Facility.
The truck was pulled out of the water cab-first by three large tow trucks Wednesday afternoon. Divers were also working at the site.
A Halifax Regional Police boat was also in the area, but a spokesman said it happened to be passing by on patrol at the time and was not involved in the recovery effort.
Police are not part of the investigation right now, Const. John Macleod said.
The victim was spotted in water near the MacKay Bridge just before 10 a.m. Monday. His body was recovered by firefighters, and evidence gathered by police at the scene there led them to theAfricville Road site.
The Department of Labour issued a stop work order to Scotiascapes Landscaping Inc. for work at the site.
The department didn’t provide any new information Wednesday except to say that the truck went into the water during the incident, and said that the investigation was continuing.
The land is administered by the Halifax Port Authority, which said previously it is not commenting during the investigation outside of expressing sadness about the man’s death.
The deceased was not an employee of the Port. A June 2015 template for agreements between the authority and companies hauling pyritic slate to the site includes a section about the units used to truck the material there.
It says companies “shall ensure that the Haul Units are mechanically sound, licensed and insured and shall ensure that the operators who operate them are legally entitled to operate themfor the purposes of safety
and efficiently transporting the Pyritic Slate to the Authority Lands. . . . When on Authority Lands, the Haul Units shall operate at the direction of the Site Manager in a safe, efficient and professional manner.”
With Tim Krochak