Uncle covered up fatal workplace accident

14-year-old nephew killed in Alberta, uncle heard in background of 911 call ordering staff to cover up the accident
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 10/07/2002

In a bizarre case, the uncle of a boy killed in a construction accident has pleaded guilty to obstructing justice after he tried to cover up how the accident happened.

Shane Stecyk, 14, was killed on July 11, 2000, when he fell five storeys through an unprotected skylight opening in the roof of a condominium building he was working on in Edmonton. He hit the floor less than a metre from where his uncle, Blair Hallet, 47, was standing.

Hallet immediately called 911 to get help for his nephew, but the dispatch system also caught him telling a foreman at the work site, “Workers comp will be here right away, so you get that railing up right now.”