Police offer update on probe into workplace death north of London

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Provincial police say they are no longer involved in the investigation into a Monday workplace death in Lucan as Ontario’s labour ministry continues its probe.

A spokesperson for Middlesex OPP says the incident "was non-suspicious" and that the matter "has been handed over to the Ministry of Labour," which investigates incidents of workplace injury and death provincewide.

Police, Middlesex-London paramedics and Lucan firefighters were called to a Breen Drive business for a workplace incident about 9:30 a.m. Monday, Middlesex OPP said. One person was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Officials from Ontario’s labour ministry were seen at OJB Industries on Breen Drive in Lucan. Two investigators have been assigned to the case, ministry officials wrote in an email, adding: “There are no further details available at this time.”

OJB Industries manufactures and designs agricultural equipment for the dairy sector. “Everything we make is engineered, produced and tested at our home location,” its website reads. The company held its open house over the weekend, just prior to the workplace death, according to its social media feed.

This is believed to be the first local workplace death since September 2021, when the labour ministry was called to investigate an incident involving a Putnam man who died after being pinned under a large steel box at a business on Clarke Road in South-West Oxford Township, east of London, police said at the time. He was identified as William Beacham, 21.

There was a high-profile fatal local work incident in late 2020. Two workers died and five others were injured in a construction-site collapse on Teeple Terrace in London on Dec. 11, 2020.

Calvi Leon, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, London Free Press

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