The Jan. 7 incident that claimed the life of a longtime City of Vancouver worker involved a front-end loader that collided with a tandem truck, according to a WorkSafeBC inspector’s notes.
“The equipment was being operated beside the salt storage sheds at the National Works Yard. The employer immediately began an investigation into the incident,” said Mark Phifer’s preliminary report about the incident at the National Work Yard, obtained by theBreaker.news.
Truck driver Gord Dolyniuk, 64, died in the incident. He had worked 32 years for the city.
WorkSafeBC has “reasonable grounds to believe” that the tandem truck was either not in safe operating condition or was not in compliance with Occupational Health and Safety regulations.
“The Case 721G front-end loader Unit #D2134 and the tandem truck with spreader Unit #E1209 were in use in the works yard on Jan. 7, 2022 (at 2:10 p.m.). The front-end loader collided with the tandem truck resulting in damage to both vehicles. The employer has not determined that the tandem truck is capable of safely performing the functions for which it use used.”
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