Michael looks for answers on Muskrat Falls near-tragedy

NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) wants to know what government has to say about an industrial accident at the Muskrat Falls site near midnight Sunday. A concrete spill resulting from a collapsed framework saw seven workers in need of first aid treatment; one was sent to hospital.

“While we have been talking about the financial mess revealed by the abrupt termination of the former CEO, a near-tragedy unfolded on Sunday,” said Michael today.

The accident came after months of cost and time estimate over-runs, and persistent complaints from workers that safety concerns at the site are being ignored. Michael brought those concerns to Question Period in the House of Assembly today.

“I ask the Minister of Natural Resources what inquiries has she made and what information has she received concerning the circumstances around the accident at Muskrat Falls on Monday that injured seven workers on site?” she asked.

The NDP MHA says it is incomprehensible that government has not spoken publicly or issued statements on the accident, which she says could have been much worse if workers had not been on their lunch break at the time.

“Muskrat Falls is one of the biggest construction projects and the most expensive capital works project in Newfoundland and Labrador,” she said.

“Why has the minister or government not made a public statement on the accident?”

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