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Exclusive: North Vancouver construction victim worked for Richmond surveying company

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Bob Mackin

The 24-year-old man who was crushed beside a North Vancouver house construction site on June 5 was an employee of a Richmond surveying company. 

Trish Knight Chernecki of WorkSafeBC told theBreaker that the victim, whose name has not been released, worked for Richard Fu Land Surveying Inc. 

A bouquet of flowers in memory of a surveyor who died June 5 in North Vancouver (Mackin)

North Vancouver RCMP said the man was knocked over and crushed by a dump truck around 10:30 a.m. near the site of a demolished house at 4538 Timberline Place, north of Handsworth Road. 

A bouquet of flowers was later placed in the middle of the orange paint-splattered road, which leads to a cul-de-sac. What appears to be surveying marks in white spray paint were also visible. 

Chernecki said none of WorkSafeBC’s preliminary reports mention the orange paint. Was the surveyor alone? “At this stage, we won’t be able to speak to solo vs. spotter,” she said.

By mid-morning on June 6, the flowers had been removed, but work on the site had not resumed. A District of North Vancouver official attended the site, along with staff of the prime contractor, Burnaby-based JKCE Construction Group/TKCW PKCT Construction Co. Ltd. 

Fu declined comment. JKCE did not respond. Permits for demolition and a new single-family house were issued by District Hall on Jan. 24. 

The fatality is under investigation by the RCMP, B.C. Coroners Service and WorkSafeBC. 

According to WorkSafeBC, two land surveyors died between 2007 and 2016, one from a traumatic injury, the other from an asbestos-related illness. There were 34 serious injury time loss claims filed by surveyors during that time period. 

Richard Fu Land Surveying Inc. was inspected by WorkSafeBC in December 2016, but there were no orders or violations noted. 

The $1.99 million Capilano Highlands property is registered to Maple Jean Holding, whose directors are Xiao Jun Liu and Yong Li Zhang. Liu is also named on the deed for a $2.093 million property in nearby Canyon Heights. 

JKCE’s website said the company was established in 2006, “among the very first ones in the Chinese community.”

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