Teenager who died in workplace accident at Mowi Canada West site lacked proper training

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BC Coroners Service report classified the death of Aidan Webber, who was working for marine and aquaculture service company Sea Roamer Marine, as accidental.

Last year it was reported that Andy Watson, an 18-year-old from Nanaimo, had died in a workplace accident at a Mowi Canada West site off the north end of Vancouver Island, Canada.

Watson was working for employer Chuck Williams of the marine and aquaculture service company Sea Roamer Marine Services at the time, reported The Toronto Star.

The publication explained that Watson, a BMX champion, had died as a result of crushing trauma when he was caught between a metal stanchion and a barge. He was attempting to secure the barge to a walkway, which rose up and pinned him.

“The training that had been provided to Mr. Webber was informal in nature and did not provide specific guidelines for docking safety, including instructing deckhands to await instruction before moving off a vessel onto a mooring location,” said the report by Coroner Andrew Washbrook, citing an investigation by the worker safety agency WorkSafeBC.

“WorkSafe also found a lack of training and safe work procedures in place,” said the report.

WorkSafeBC identified a failure to provide workers with “adequate information, instruction, training and supervision to ensure the health and safety of those workers carrying out their work and to ensure the health and safety of other workers at the workplace.”