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Worker killed on eastern Ontario apple farm


September 13, 2012
By The Canadian Press

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September 13, 2012 – The Ontario Ministry of Labour is investigating the death of a 38-year-old Mexican worker who was fatally injured at an orchard operation in Prince Edward County on Sept. 10.

The worker was attaching a water tank to a tractor when the attachment fell, trapping him between it and the tractor. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

United Food and Commercial Workers Canada president Wayne Hanley said it has been a devastating year in Ontario and called for action from the federal or provincial governments to protect migrant workers.

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Hanley said lack of enforcement and educational programs specific to the needs of the workers and the industry have failed to materialize.