Worker killed at a Burnaby construction site

A worker was killed Tuesday morning near a construction site in Burnaby.

The B.C. Coroners Service and WorkSafeBC are investigating after a worker died during some excavation work in the 7100 block of 14 Avenue.

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Emergency crews were called to the Cedar Creek construction site, a housing project that involves Vancouver development company Ledingham McAllister.

Several media outlets are reporting that the worker was crushed to death in a tragic accident.

Marcon Construction, which manages the site, said in a statement that a worker with one of its "trade partners" was killed during excavation work.

“We are saddened by the tragedy related to our construction site in Burnaby and our primary concern is for this worker’s family,” said Marcon president Marco Paolella, in a statement. “We have offered our support to our trade partner for whom he worked. We will also be offering support to anyone who witnessed the accident.We, along with our trade partner, are providing WorkSafeBC inspectors with any information they need to conduct a full investigation. We voluntarily shut down all work today.

“While we await more information from WorkSafeBC, here’s what we can share. One of our trade partners was excavating near our construction site to run pipes under a civic road. This company has its own safety protocols and procedures that govern their work, therefore we cannot speak on their behalf about their safety oversight. Our trade partner is conducting its own investigation, and we have a shared goal to understand what happened to ensure every precaution is taken so this doesn’t happen again.We offer our sincerest condolences to the worker’s family.”

The construction site is now shut down as the B.C. Coroners Service and WorkSafeBC both investigate.



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