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City worker killed in an accident at Vancouver’s Connaught Park

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WATCH: Investigators are on scene at Connaught Park where a Vancouver city worker was killed while pruning and removing tree limbs – Mar 31, 2016

A city worker is dead after getting caught up in an accident in Vancouver’s Connaught Park.

WorkSafeBC told Global News at about 9:30 a.m. this morning a City of Vancouver employee was doing pruning and removing limbs from trees at the park.

The worker was in a boom-mounted bucket, elevated off the ground, when a large tree limb came crushing down on the bucket and pinned the worker inside.

An ambulance was called in and the worker, who was a male in his 40s, was transported to hospital.

WorkSafeBC crews are on scene and investigating. Vancouver Police Department’s Victim Services Unit is also on site.

The city has released the following statement:

The City of Vancouver is deeply saddened to report that a workplace fatality of one of our colleagues occurred this morning. Our warmest thoughts of sympathy go out to the family, friends and colleagues of the staff member.

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More information should become available once Vancouver Police Department has notified the next of kin.  

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