Sawmill worker’s death could have been avoided, inquest hears

By Lane Harrison
CBC News
January 16, 2023
Category: Health & Safety
Region: Canada, Canada East

FREDERICTON, New Brunswick — The president of a sawmill where Troy Bourque died in 2019 told an inquest jury today the fatal accident could have been avoided. Bourque, who had worked at Devon Lumber for 29 years, died on Oct. 10, 2019, after being trapped between a conveyor belt cover and the bottom of a catwalk, witnesses said earlier at the first day of the inquest into his death. …Prior to Bourque becoming trapped, the mill’s line had been shut down, according to Spencer Gill, an employee at Devon Lumber. …Gill said that once the line shut down, Bourque waved him over for help because he had noticed a metal cover for the conveyer belt had come loose. Gill said the cover somehow came free and fell onto a moving chain going toward Bourque, who was in a less than three-foot-tall space below the catwalk. The inquest is scheduled to run until Jan. 18.

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