An investigation has been launched after the untimely death of a 20-year-old Cannadian contractor who was working for a hedge-trimming company.
The unfortunate incident occurred on Friday in Manotick, according to a spokesperson from the ministry. The young man, identified as 20-year-old Nick Chenier, was employed by Best Green Hedges.
The owner of the company, Sheldon Best Green, released a statement on Monday about the electrocution. He confirmed the tragic accident that took Chenier’s life.
While the Ministry of Labour did not disclose specific details or reveal Chenier’s identity, a GoFundMe page started by a family friend indicated that he was electrocuted. According to the page, Chenier accidentally came into contact with an overhead hydro line that got stuck in the hedge.
Depite the efforts of first responders, the man could not be revived.
Ottawa Mayor Mark Sutcliffe expressed his condolences on social media, sharing the GoFundMe page dedicated to raising funds for Chenier’s mother and brother.
The GoFundMe campaign aims to collect funds for funeral expenses, counseling services, and the lost wages of Chenier’s mother, who will take time off work to grieve and support her son. As of early Monday afternoon, the campaign had surpassed its initial $40,000 goal.