Govt. of Canada investigating death of Bell worker

Investigation will determine whether any violations against Canada Labour Code a factor

Govt. of Canada investigating death of Bell worker

Investigators from the federally-run Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) have launched an investigation after a Bell Canada worker died earlier this week in a work-related accident in Tillsonburg, Ont.

54-year-old Paul Totten, a technician for Bell Technical Solutions (BTS), fell from a ladder when he was working on Delevan Crescent, located between 2nd and 3rd streets, in the community southeast of London at about 11 a.m. on June 13.

Totten was cutting a utility wire leading from a pole to a private home on the street before falling to his death.

"The Government of Canada extends its deepest condolences to the families, friends, and coworkers of the victim of the fatal incident," said the ESDC in a statement. "The fatal incident involved an employee working for Bell Technical Solutions, which is a federally regulated workplace.”

Through its investigation, ESDC will determine whether any violations against the Canada Labour Code were a factor in the worker’s death.

Bell Canada

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our team members and offer our condolences and support to his family and colleagues," said Bell Canada spokesperson Caroline Audet, according to a CBC report. "We are working closely with authorities on the investigation into the incident.”

In a Facebook post, Shelby Elizabeth Clark, who calls Totten “dad”, said that losing his father sp soddenly “has left a hole in so many hearts.”

“[You’re] going to be missed so much. I never said this as much as I should but I hope you know how much I loved you,” Clark added.

Totten was a member of Unifor Local 45, which represents workers with Bell Canada, Expertech, Bell Technical Solutions and Transervice. Totten was an experienced technician, having spent 25 years of service with BTS, according to the union.

“Condolences to the family of Brother Paul Totten, a member of Unifor Local 45 (BTS Ontario) who passed away yesterday following a work accident,” Scott Doherty, executive assistant at Unifor, in a tweet on Tuesday. “Everyone has a right to work safe and come home alive. Our persistent struggle for workplace safety improvements must never end.”

Previously, a contractor working for a pulp mill in Peace River, Alberta was killed on the job in what is being described as a “tragic and fatal workplace accident”.

Meanwhile, the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development is investigating after a worker died while on the job at the Algoma Steel property in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Several employers have previously been fined for fall protection violations, including Coast Roofing Ltd.Dogtooth Log and Timber Ltd.Big Guns Roofing Ltd. and Rai Star Custom Homes Ltd.


Recent articles & video

From in-house counsel to angel investor, 1Password’s CLO Erin Zipes reflects on building a practice

Mounting threats to gender-based rights a theme at LEAF’s annual Equality Day reception

Ontario Court of Appeal clarifies insurance coverage rule for passengers of stolen vehicles

Top Personal Injury Boutiques for 2023 unveiled by Canadian Lawyer

Lega unveils LLM governance platform to jumpstart law firms' AI journey

Cassels reimagines office design, replaces ‘old partner’ setup with ‘equality of access’ to daylight

Most Read Articles

Cassels reimagines office design, replaces ‘old partner’ setup with ‘equality of access’ to daylight

SCC finds company committed abusive tax avoidance in case dealing with general anti-avoidance rule

David Stern’s cold calls launched his career in entertainment and sports law

Roundup of law firm hires, promotions, departures: May 29, 2023 update