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Tunnel Worker Death Not a Work-Related Incident

By Larissa Kyzer

Vaðlaheiðargöng tunnel
Photo: Vaðlaheiðargöng.

The Administration of Occupational Health and Safety is seeking further information on a death that took place in Vaðlaheiðargöng tunnel in North Iceland, RÚV reports. The deceased, a man in his sixties who was working in the tunnel as a painter, was found dead on Wednesday in what police determined was not a work-related incident.

Mbl.is first reported the incident, noting that the man, who held Icelandic citizenship, was working in the tunnel’s ‘control room’ at the time of his death, which was sudden. The tunnel was closed for roughly ten minutes to give first responders access to the scene, but Health and Safety was not notified because the police did not think there was justifiable cause for doing so. This is standard procedure: first responders determine whether or not they believe an incident should be further investigated by Health and Safety. In some cases, however, the organization makes an independent request for information, as it has done on this occasion.

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