Construction worker needs help with recovery after severe spinal injury on the job

Cole Bernier, left, is pictured with his family in this contributed photo. Bernier was severely injured during a workplace accident.
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WEST KELOWNA - Cole Bernier, a construction worker injured last week in a workplace accident, is facing a lengthy recovery after being crushed under some roof trusses.

“Cole is someone you’ll never see without a smile on his face and if he’s frowning, it is typically because you changed his music or didn’t leave enough food for him to have seconds,” Brandon Boot writes, on the gofundme campaign he set up for his friend.

Boot says Bernier has been a role model and mentor since the two met at a Kelowna CrossFit box in 2012.

“Where ever he goes, he brings with him his uplifting positive attitude and inspires those around him.”

Bernier remains in hospital with two crushed vertebrae and trauma to the spinal cord.

The young man was pinned under roof trusses that collapsed last Wednesday, Sept. 23 on a house under construction in West Kelowna.

One of his friends say he was pinned under the trusses for almosts half an hour before West Kelowna Fire Rescue managed to extract him. WorkSafe B.C. is investigating the accident.

The gofundme campaign has already raised a third of its $15,000 target.

To contact the reporter for this story, email John McDonald at or call 250-808-0143. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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