Investigation underway into worker’s death at Home Hardware

Investigation underway into worker's death at Home Hardware Occupational health and safety officials are investigating after a worker at Home Hardware died last week.

Occupational health and safety officials are investigating after a worker at Home Hardware died last week.

Gary Martin was found on the ground in a back room of the Whitehorse store Thursday morning. The 55-year-old was medevaced to Vancouver but died the next day.

Health and safety spokesperson Richard Mostyn said there were no witnesses to what happened. A colleague heard a noise and went to investigate, and found Martin unconscious.

“We don’t know specifically what happened. There was a ladder at the site,” Mostyn said.

Occupational health and safety is warning Yukoners to identify the hazards involved with any job and make sure the proper tools, training and procedures are being used.

“This tragedy has affected many people in our community and our hearts go out to the man’s family and friends,” Mostyn said.

This is the third workplace fatality in the Yukon this year.

Arnold Johnson died while corralling wild horses near Kusawa Lake in January.

In February, a truck driver died in a collision on the Alaska Highway north of Watson Lake. Since the trucking industry is a job that crosses through multiple jurisdictions, that investigation is being handled by Employment and Social Development Canada.

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