Saskatoon march sheds light on tragic workplace death
Watch the video above: march sheds light on tragic death of Jeff Caron
SASKATOON – A march was held Saturday in Saskatoon to remember Jeff Caron, who was killed in a workplace accident in B.C.
“I’ve been very hurt. I think about him every day, all the time, everywhere I go,” said Cindy Kahm, Caron’s mother.
Caron, 28, grew up in Warman, Sask. and moved to B.C. for work as a pipe layer.
While replacing sewer lines for the City of Burnaby in October 2012, a concrete wall collapsed on him.
Caron’s childhood friend Travis Blanchard said a co-worker warned the supervisor onsite that a crack in the concrete wall above the trench was getting bigger.
“There should have been shoring and a lot of other guidelines they should’ve followed that they didn’t,” said Blanchard.
The B.C. Workers Compensation Board sent the file to RCMP which is launching a criminal investigation of the incident.
“It makes me wonder, how many other accidents have happened where it was just the exact same thing, just swept underneath the rug,” said Blanchard.
The ‘Justice for Jeff’ march in Saskatoon is intended to inform the public about Caron’s death.
Caron’s family says he was a happy-go-lucky guy who loved to have fun.
“Just a jolly guy, easy to get along with, outgoing, happy,” said his aunt Linda Gardipy.
“He was loved by a lot of people.”
Family said they will continue to campaign on social media to prevent further tragedies like his.