Worker dies in Metro Vancouver after ‘critical incident’ at worksite


An investigation is underway after a worker was killed in Burnaby Saturday afternoon.

The fatality occurred at a worksite in the 3800 block of 2nd Ave – at Boundary Road – on the Burnaby side at 2:15 p.m.

A compressor is believed to have rolled down this hill in Burnaby and killed a worker. Shane MacKichan photo

The worker was with the City of Vancouver. Watermain and sewer infrastructure work has been taking place in several blocks along Boundary during the past weeks.

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

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.

Burnaby RCMP, Worksafe BC, BC Coroner’s and the City of Vancouver are now investigating.