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SAS grad dies in workplace accident
An industrial accident at Dinoflex has claimed the life of a young Salmon Arm man.
On social media, friends and family have identified the man who died Wednesday at Dinoflex Manufacturing as Shane Mackenzie Gorner.
He graduated from Salmon Arm Secondary in 2012.
The incident is still under investigation. It took place at approximately 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 28. BC Ambulance and the RCMP were immediately dispatched to the scene. A medical helicopter was called in to assist, however, Gorner succumbed to his injuries before he could be airlifted to hospital.
RCMP, WorkSafe BC and the coroner are continuing to investigate the incident.
"An investigation has been initiated and preliminary information is that the worker became caught in some machinery and unfortunately did not survive," says Megan Johnston, communications officer with WorkSafe BC.
"Our fatal and serious incident officers have already begun the process of gathering information about the incident to determine if there has been any violation or other factors that could have contributed to this incident, including supervision, training, equipment maintenance and the functioning of the equipment. At this point the information gathering is in the earliest stages. Our hope is always that lessons will be learned to prevent a similar situation in the future."
Dinoflex CEO Mark Bunz offered his condolences.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our colleague, Shane Gorner, who died tragically in an accident at our plant yesterday (Aug. 28). We will provide whatever support we can to Shane’s family during this difficult period," he says.
"We have brought in grief counsellors to meet with any members of staff who need emotional support. We don’t know at this stage exactly how the accident happened, but we are working with investigators from Worksafe BC and the coroner to determine that.'
The manufacturing plant successfully completed a recent WorkSafe BC audit.
"Dinoflex is committed to the safety of all employees," said Bunz. "Our safety committee will conduct its own review of the accident and, together with the Worksafe BC and coroner’s reports, make any improvements to operating procedures that may be identified. We will also be commissioning a third party safety audit of the entire plant."
Tributes are pouring in on social media to a young man who was active in the arts and theatre and noted for his sense of humour.
"Rest in peace Shane, you were an amazing person. You had the ability to bring smiles to anyone's face in the worst of times," posted Kristin Sherlock.
Gorner was also remembered for his ability to draw a laugh by speaking in different accents.
"RIP Shane you were such a great guy always knew how to cheer somebody up and put a smile on their face you will truly be missed by many," writes Josh Dubois.