South Okanagan worker dies after fall from fruit bins

A 23-year-old Quebec man died while climbing a stack of fruit bins at an Osoyoos-area farm.

Just hours before he was set to go home Friday, a 23-year-old Quebec man died while climbing a stack of fruit bins at an Osoyoos-area farm.

He was identified as Gabriel Gendreau-Martineau, 23, of St. Agathe, Que., in a press release issued this week by the B.C. Coroners Service.

His body was discovered Friday morning at the base of a six-metre stack of bins at Fernandes Fruit Market. Early results of the corner’s investigation suggest he had been climbing the pile when the top crate tipped and sent him to the parking lot below.

Gendreau-Martineau had finished his summer job at the farm, but was still tenting there prior to his planned departure later on Friday, according to the release.

RCMP and the Coroners Service are still investigating. Gendreau-Martineau’s family has asked for privacy.

 

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