VANKLEEK HILL — Hawkesbury OPP continue to investigate a man’s death at the Vankleek Hill Livestock Exchange earlier this week, a fatality sources close to the situation say was caused by a bull .
The OPP describe the July 27 incident as “a workplace related accident” occurring around 5:30 p.m. at the Champlain Township business. Police were apprised of the 55-year-old man’s death around 4 p.m. the next day. The Champlain Township resident “succumbed to his injuries,” according to the OPP, which has otherwise provided no detail on how the victim was hurt.
The Regional Coroner’s Office and the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) have taken over the investigation.
The ministry “was notified of a workplace fatality on July 28, 2020,” says a ministry spokesperson in an email received Thursday evening. “The employer is Vankleek Hill Livestock located in Vankleek Hill. The incident occurred on July 27, 2020. It was reported a worker sustained fatal injuries while working with livestock. An MLTSD inspector has been assigned. Our investigation is ongoing.”
While NVN was given the name of the victim by someone close to the scene, this media outlet won’t release it until confirmed by authorities.
Although rare, killings by bulls do occur. The animals are unpredictable and can be aggressive. Last year, a Quebec farmer was found dead close to his bull enclosure, evidence indicating the animal — which was put down — had attacked him.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information that may assist investigators is asked to contact the Hawkesbury OPP at 613-632-2729.
This article was updated to include a statement from the ministry.