Killed on the job: Family demands answers, increased protections for workers after death of young man
WINNIPEG -- The family of a man killed on the job in Northern Manitoba is looking for answers.
In January 2018, Todd Maytwayashing was working on a Manitoba Hydro project, building the transmission line south from the Keeyask Dam.
According to a Workplace Safety and Health report released by the family, the 22-year-old drove a truck carrying metal pieces for the towers being erected along the transmission line. On the day of the fatal accident, Maytwayashing noticed the load on a flatbed truck being driven by another driver was improperly loaded. He went over to help "and in the process a bag containing steel pieces for the transmission line towers fell on him hitting him on the head and killing him," the report said.
Maytwayashing's death has devastated his family.
"I wouldn't want to wish this situation on any family," said his father, Barry Swan.
"It's almost two years of not sleeping. What happened that day? That's what we want to know."
Swan said his family has not received an apology for his son's death by anyone involved, including the trucking company Maytwayashing was working for at the time.
CTV News reached out to Forbes Bros., the company Todd Maytwayashing was working for at the time of the accident.
In a statement, a spokesperson writes:
"Forbes Bros. completed a thorough investigation of the circumstances leading to the tragic death of Todd, as well as supported Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health in their investigation.
We worked with Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health to update our hazard analysis to ensure a similar incident could not happen again. We regularly review procedures, training material and participate in external safety audits that help guide us to continually improve our processes. We continued this process as part of the investigation and have continued to evaluate and improve our systems in order to stay on top of regulatory changes and industry best practices.
Representatives of Forbes met with Barry Swan and Todd’s family soon after the incident, to offer condolences and review the investigation report throughout the various stages of completion, as new information became available. The dates of these meetings include January 19, 23, 29, 2018 and after the final report was submitted to Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health, we reviewed the final investigation report with Barry Swan and family on February 19, 2018 at our Winnipeg office."
The Province tells CTV News "The sudden death of Todd Maytwayashing is a tragic loss that no family should have to go through. Our sincere condolences go out to his family. As the legal process remains ongoing and nothing has been finalized, no pleas have been entered or fines issued by the courts, we cannot comment further at this time."
Swan is calling on the Manitoba Government to do more to protect workers like his son.
"Help us ensure that all workers go home safe," said Swan.
"That would be my first and only priority."
In a statement to CTV News, a spokesperson for Manitoba Hydro writes:
"The tragic death of Todd Maytwayashing reinforces our commitment to safety every day and in every area of our operations. Our employees, and the employees of our contractors, need to be safe each day in the work they do, from wearing proper personal protection equipment, flowing safe work plans and conducting site orientation before work begins. It has also reinforced with us the need to consistently stay on top on safe-work procedures, such as having additional training and having our own and contractor safety officers on work sites to make sure safe-work procedures are being understood and followed."