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Chris Lawrence was just days away from his 16th birthday when he was killed in a workplace incident at a gravel pit south of East Coulee on Saturday morning. Lawrence’s girlfriend, 17-year-old Kristina Kinder, says a friend at the site told her the teen was operating a piece of equipment when something went wrong. “He told me that something, his vest, something loose got caught,” said Kinder. “He was pulled under.” Emergency crews were called to the scene around 9:00 a.m. but it was too late save the young man. Alberta Occupational Health and Safety is investigating the teen’s death and says Lawrence was old enough to work at the site. “So under the law, a young person is defined as someone who is 15, 16 or 17 years old and these young people or young workers are allowed to work any type of job as long as it is not between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m.,” said Kim Misik, OHS spokesperson. Misik says the young workers are allowed to work in the construction industry and at gravel pit operations and that the same training and safety is expected regardless of age. “Our investigators are on-scene and will be looking at a number of different areas including hazard assessment, equipment, and training offered,” said Misik.

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