27-year-old dies after workplace incident at Kingston's Novelis plant

Ontario Ministry of Labour says it was reported that the employee was exposed to live electrical parts while working on a crane.

A 27-year-old man has died following a workplace accident at a Kingston aluminum plant.

Novelis has confirmed that Micah Baerwald has died following an incident while doing maintenance at its Kingston plant.

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“We are deeply saddened by Micah’s passing and extend our sincerest condolences to his family and friends. He was a friend to many and a hard worker with a positive attitude who was always willing to help others,” said a statement from Novelis Kingston plant manager Dennis Brady.

Kingston Fire and Rescue says it was at the Novelis plant just after 2 p.m. Wednesday.

“Crews performed CPR and the individual was transported to hospital,” Kingston Fire said.

Baerwald was an employee at Novelis for three years before his death.

Brady says an investigation into the incident is underway.

“We temporarily shut down operations at the plant and have engaged with counselors to provide support to our employees,” he said.

According to the Ministry of Labour, their investigators were called in to the plant Thursday.

“It was reported a worker was working on a crane when they were exposed to live, electrical parts,” a statement from the ministry said.

Two ministry inspectors and an engineer attended the scene. Two orders were issued and the investigation is ongoing, the ministry said.

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