Review of child labour laws called for after teen's death

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by JOC Digital Media

The Alberta Labour Federation is calling for a review of child labour laws after an incident on a gravel pit last weekend killed a 15-year-old employee.
Review of child labour laws called for after teen's death

"It is very tragic," said Brad Lafortune, spokesman for Alberta Labour Federation.

Lafortune said the teen was working at the Arjon Construction Ltd. site with a conveyer belt machine. Lafortune said early reports indicate the teen may have been trying to unjam the machine when he was pulled into it after a piece of his clothing was caught.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lafortune added that it appears the worker had only been working there a few weeks and was not being supervised.

Employee Standards and Alberta Occupational Health and Safety have launched investigations.

The labour federation issued a statement saying Alberta's child, youth and adolescent labour laws are among the worst in Canada.

The federation stated the province had a chance to toughen up those standards in a recent Employment Standards review, but nothing came of it.

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