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Worker killed while repairing heavy equipment

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BY RICHARD GILBERT - WorkSafeBC officers are investigating the death of a worker, who was killed while repairing a piece of heavy equipment at a construction site in West Vancouver last week.

“The preliminary description of the incident is that a worker was repairing an excavator bucket, which had been removed from an excavator, when the worker became trapped by the bucket and was fatally injured”, said WorkSafeBC spokesperson Megan Johnston.

According to the West Vancouver Police Department, the incident happened in the 3300 block of Cypress Bowl Road on March 20 at about 2 p.m.

When emergency responders arrived at the construction site, the 56-year old worker was unresponsive and could not be resuscitated.

The worker’s employer was Ponte Bros Contracting Ltd.

WorkSafeBC Prevention and Fatal and Serious Incident investigators responded, and have been interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence.

They will be focusing on workplace factors, such as training, supervision, equipment condition and maintenance, which may have contributed to this incident.

Police notified the family of the man, who lives in Burnaby. Co-workers and family are receiving assistance from West Vancouver Police Victim Services.

by Richard Gilbert last update:Sep 3, 2014

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