UPDATED: City of Vancouver worker dies in workplace accident

'The City of Vancouver is deeply saddened that a workplace fatality of one of our colleagues occurred today'

 An investigation is reportedly underway after what’s being called a “critical incident” at a city worksite.

“Today at approximately 2:15 pm a critical incident occurred at the worksite of a City of Vancouver engineering streets crew,” the city tweeted out just after 4 p.m.

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It goes on to say that investigations are currently under way with RCMP and WorkSafeBC, as well as an internal investigation.


A WorkSafeBC spokesperson confirmed in an email to the Courier that the organization had been notifed of a serious workplace incident on Boundary Road and is investigating.

"No further information will be available while the investigation is continuing."

Watermain and sewer infrastructure work has been taking place in several blocks along Boundary during recent weeks.

According to personnel on site, it appears a compressor that was being towed somehow broke loose and rolled down the hill.

A worker was struck by the compressor and suffered devastating injuries. 


Emergency crews responded and CPR was performed, but the victim died at the scene.

"The City of Vancouver is deeply saddened that a workplace fatality of one of our colleagues occurred today," the city said in a statement released Saturday evening. "Our warmest thoughts of sympathy go out to the family, friends and workmates of the staff member... Counselling services are onsite and being offered to staff." 

- with files from Chris Campbell/Burnaby Now

More to come.


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