City of Vancouver worker seriously hurt two weeks after colleague dies on job

The City of Vancouver is reporting a worker was seriously injured on the job on Sunday and is now in hospital.

“We can confirm that an accident occurred on Sunday where a City of Vancouver sanitation worker sustained a serious injury on the job,” the city said in a prepared statement. 

“The worker is being cared for in hospital and we are hopeful for a positive recovery. A city investigation and WorkSafeBC investigation into the incident are underway. We cannot provide any other details at this point in time.” 

The serious injury comes two weeks after another city worker — 64-year-old Gord Dolyniuk — died on the job Jan. 7 at the National Works Yard. 

Dolyniuk had worked for the city for 32 years and was a truck driver in the Engineering Services department. The city’s sanitation department falls within Engineering Services. 

At that time, City of Vancouver manager Paul Mochrie said, “We will learn from this to prevent it from happening again — the most important thing to the city is that our employees get home safely.” 

Both incidents are still under investigation by the city and WorkSafeBC. 

In March, 2016 Vancouver park board arborist Jody Taylor, 42, died while cutting limbs from a tree at Connaught Park in Kitsilano.

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