Employees who have spent decades on the job often become known and loved by many co-workers and customers. They may also be the ones younger, less experienced workers turn to for help and advice. Often, veteran workers are the employees that bosses can depend upon to know their jobs well and do their jobs correctly. In British Columbia, however, employees at a local shipping terminal are dealing with the loss of just such a co-worker in a recent workplace accident.
Recently, a 62-year-old man was doing maintenance on a coal terminal ship loader early in the morning. For unknown reasons, the man fell 10 meters from the ship loader to the asphalt. He was rushed to the hospital but could not be saved. The man had 38 years of experience doing ironwork, high-rise construction and other trades. His union was planning his retirement celebration.
The man was deeply respected by his fellow union members who are now mourning his death. He was known for his many skills, including playing guitar, excelling in maths and performing many jobs well. Those who knew him say he loved life and will be greatly missed.
An investigation into this incident will most likely focus on the safety precautions in place for high-level repair and maintenance work and whether those precautions were being followed by this employee. While the investigation continues into the cause of this workplace accident, the assistance of an experienced labour and employment law professional may be invaluable. Employers in British Columbia may also enlist the advice of a legal guide for help in preventing future tragedies on the job and sparing others the pain of losing a loved one.
Source: nsnews.com, "Ironworker killed in fall at North Vancouver terminal identified", Brent Richter, July 19, 2016