By Connor Lynch
LONDON — A New Brunswick native and long-time employee at a London-area dairy farm was found dead late last month in a manure pit.
The 58-year old employee, Carl Gregg, had been working alone at Wicketthorn Farms Inc. on Feb. 21, where he’d worked for the last 16 years, when he fell through an opening into a manure pit.
One of the owners of the farm, Craig Connell, told the London Free Press: “It’s a tragedy. He will be missed.”
The Ministry of Labour is investigating, although OPP Const. Liz Melvin told the London Free Press that “there’s no foul play suspected from our end.”
The ministry has issued a number of orders to the farm, all of which the farm has complied with, said ministry spokesperson Janet Deline. Two of those orders had to do with securing manure pits on the farm, and two had to do with protecting workers when manure pits are not secured, such as during maintenance.
A coroner’s report is expected to determine if the death will be ruled a workplace fatality.