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On-the-job accidents kill two men

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WORKPLACE accidents on Monday and last Friday have claimed the lives of two men.

A fuel tanker that overturned near Melita late Monday afternoon killed the driver.

The 52-year-old man, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at the Melita hospital. The accident happened about 5 p.m. on Highway 83, 15 kilometres south of Melita.

Virden RCMP are investigating, assisted by an RCMP traffic analyst.

A diesel leak was detected and efforts were being made to contain it, the RCMP said. The tanker was hauling 15,000 litres of diesel fuel.

On Friday, a 32-year-old man died after a forklift truck rolled over him in St. Jean Baptiste.

Workplace Safety and Health is investigating the accident, which occurred about 5 p.m.

The victim was rushed to Morris General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A Workplace Safety and Health spokesman said Monday a forklift truck being loaded on a trailer rolled off and ran over the victim at a work site near St. Jean Baptiste. The spokesman said a stop-work order is in place.

RCMP Sgt. Line Karpish said the accident was at a construction site on Caron Street in St. Jean Baptiste. She said the victim lived in the RM of Rhineland.

She said foul play is not suspected and the RCMP are continuing to investigate with the help of Workplace Safety and Health.

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 17, 2013 A4

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