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Engineering association launches own probe into workplace fatality

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BY JEAN SORENSEN - The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C. (APEGBC) has confirmed that it's conducting its own review of the 2012 incident that claimed the life of 28-year-old Jeffrey Caron and severely injured Thomas Richer.

The incident occurred when a retaining wall toppled into the trench where they were installing a new sewer main in Burnaby, B.C.

WorkSafeBC has turned over its incident findings to the RCMP, which has started a criminal investigation into the matter.

Two engineering firms, as well as the general contractor and the city that were involved with the project were cited in the WorkSafeBC incident report.

“A failure by these parties to recognize and address known hazards at this workplace was an underlying factor in this incident: the City of Burnaby, as the owner of the project; J. Cote & Son Excavating Ltd., as prime contractor and the workers’ employer; Earthbitat Engineering Inc., as the firm that provided professional engineering advice to J. Cote; and Vector Engineering Services,” stated the WorkSafeBC report.

No timeline for the review was provided by the professional engineering association.

by Jean Sorensen last update:Aug 28, 2014

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