Large wave hits barge at Goderich harbour, injuring worker
Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014 6:31PM EDT
A 71-year-old man was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after his legs became trapped underneath an excavator’s track.
Huron County OPP say a construction company was doing repair work to the break-wall of Goderich’s northern harbour, using a barge as a worksite.
A tugboat and cables were used to hold the barge, on top of which the excavator sat, against the break-wall.
Shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday, the excavator reversed slightly at the same time the barge was hit by a large wave.
According to police, this caused the man to lose his footing and step into the excavator’s tracks.
A boat transported the London man the one-kilometre distance back to shore.
The Ministry of Labour is investigating.
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