FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION, ONT. — A worker involved in the construction of the Wataynikaneyap Power project was found dead about 390 kilometres north of Pickle Lake, Ont. Jan. 26.

The project contractor, Valard Construction, advised Wataynikaneyap Power that the authorities had been notified and investigations had begun. The family was also notified.

“On behalf of the people, our partners, and the leadership, I offer our deepest condolences to the family,” said Margaret Kenequanash, Wataynikaneyap Power CEO, in a statement. “You are in our thoughts and prayers. Our hearts are with you, including all the loved ones and co-workers.”

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) was notified of a possible workplace fatality on Jan. 26 and a ministry inspector attended the workplace on Jan. 28 with the Ontario Provincial Police. According to the MLTSD, a secondary employer is K & L Contracting.

“It was reported that a worker was discovered deceased at a remote work location Northwest of Muskrat Dam First Nation,” a spokesperson wrote in an email to the Diamond Demolish. “On Jan 29, 2022, six orders were issued to the constructor, Valard Construction. The ministry’s investigation is ongoing.”

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