Nova Scotia Power pleads guilty in fatal workplace accident

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SYDNEY. N.S. Nova Scotia Power has pleaded guilty to a health and safety charge in a fatal workplace accident in Cape Breton.

Alfred Wrice, 35, of Glace Bay died at the Lingan Generating Station on Dec. 4, 2004.

Nova Scotia Power pleaded guilty to a charge under the Occupational Health and Safety Act of failing to ensure fall protection was provided at the plant.

The power corporation had initially pleaded not guilty to the charge but changed its plea as a trial resumed in provincial court on Tuesday.

Wrice was employed as a coal handler at the generating station and fell through a slot opening into a bunker. The slots were not covered.

Wrice was first noticed missing that day shortly after 1 p.m. when his hard hat was discovered on the floor.

Just before 10 p.m., his body was recovered from a coal bunker where he had been buried in about four metres of coal.

Nova Scotia Power will be back in court on Nov. 13 for sentencing.

Since the accident, the company says it has installed grates over the bunkers.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Power, Lingan Generating Station

Geographic location: SYDNEY, Cape Breton, Glace Bay

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