January 23, 2016 10:30 pm
Updated: January 25, 2016 12:04 am

Two dead in New Westminster lumber yard accident

WATCH: WorksafeBC has now joined the BC Coroners Service in investigating a deadly workplace accident. Two workers at a New Westminster lumber yard were killed yesterday. Tanya Beja has details on what authorities are focused on.


WorkSafe BC is investigating after two workers died in a lumber yard accident.

It happened at Pacific Reload in New Westminster at around 1 p.m. on January 23.

The cause of the accident is unknown, but it’s believed it involved lumber falling from a forklift.

The two victims were 60 and 65 years old.

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed they are investigating.

“One of the things we will be looking at, was there unstable lumber?” said Scott McCloy with Worksafe BC.

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“If so, why was it anywhere near workers where they could be in the way?”

NWPD spokesman Sergeant Jeff Scott detectives are working in collaboration with the BC Coroner Service and Worksafe BC to investigate what he describes as a “a very sad and tragic situation.”

“We’re still looking for surveillance video, we’re looking to see if there are any other witnesses,” he said.

“Anything to do with how the lumber was stacked, the machinery being used, is going to be investigated.”

No other details have been released and Scott says the names of the victims are being withheld as investigators still need to speak with their families.

– With files from Canadian Press


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