Longtime Vancouver city employee killed in workplace accident

A longtime city of Vancouver employee was killed Friday in a workplace accident.

In a statement, city manager Paul Mochrie said the accident that fatally injured employee Gord Dolyniuk, 64, took place at the city’s National Yard location.

Other staff and first responders who attended the scene attempted life-saving measures but Dolyniuk’s injuries were “too severe” and he did not survive.

Dolyniuk had worked for the city for 32 years and at the time of his death, was a truck driver in the engineering streets department.

“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,” said Mochrie in an statement emailed to Postmedia on Monday.

“This is a devastating loss for our organization. The city extends our deepest condolences to Gord’s family, and to the many members of our staff who were Gord’s friends and worked with him over the years.”

Both Vancouver police and WorkSafe BC visited the site on Friday, and the latter will be conducting an investigation.

The city is cooperating with WorkSafe BC and will also be conducting its own investigation.

Flags at Vancouver city hall and other facilities will be lowered to half-mast in Dolyniuk’s honour.

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