B.C. paper and pulp mill worker electrocuted in the workplace

By Jim Wilson
Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine
February 22, 2024
Category: Health & Safety
Region: Canada, Canada West

BRITISH COLUMBIA — One worker died 12 days after he was electrocuted at the Canfor Intercontinental paper and pulp mill in Prince George, BC. …45-year-old Gary Lefebvre was operating an electric hoist attached to an overhead monorail… when they collapsed. “An exposed 347-volt conductor was subsequently found on the electric hoist power cable in close proximity to where the worker had been,” according to WorkSafeBC. Lefebvre was given cardiopulmonary resuscitation at the scene, which revived him before he was transported to University Hospital of Northern British Columbia. Lefevre spent four days in hospital before being sent home. “He was in hospital for four days and was cleared by three cardiologists, including an electrical specialist from Vancouver, and six days after he got home he died”. “He was a healthy man, there’s no way it wasn’t related to the electrocution.” Canfor said it will provide support to Lefebvre’s family. …Meanwhile, WorkSafeBC is investigating the incident.

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