The family of a 22-year-old man who died while working on a hydro project in northern Manitoba feel there are a lack of safety precautions on site.
But they say no one is giving them the answers they need.
Todd Maytwayashing, of Lake Manitoba First Nation, had been working at a hydro storage yard approximately 800 kilometres north of Winnipeg at the time of his death. Maytwayashing was working for Forbes Bros., a contracting company employed by Manitoba Hydro to build a transmission line from the Keeyask generating station to a nearby station.
Barry Swan, Maytwayashing’s father, said his son was helping load steel beams onto a semi-truck when one of the beams fell and landed on his head.
That was Jan. 17 – and the family has yet to hear from Manitoba Hydro.
“It will be 7 weeks tomorrow and not one call from Manitoba Hydro to say we’re sorry,” Swan said. “That’s a real sad thing.”
After visiting the site where his son died, Barry says he was left with some serious concerns about safety.
“I went to right to the trailer there of what they were loading,” he said. “I could see some severe irregularities with me just visualizing the scene of what happened.”
Swan says Forbes told the family that all safety protocols were followed but he believes otherwise.
Manitoba Hydro told APTN there is little they can do for the family because Maytwayashing was not their employee. The province’s workplace health and safety is investigating with no end date in sight, but the family says they need answers now.
Forbes has conducted its own investigation. APTN has asked the company for comment but has yet to hear back.