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WorkSafe B.C. investigating construction site fall that put worker in hospital

A man fell at least 20 feet from the new Sandman Signature Hotel under construction on Lorne Street and Third Avenue this afternoon.
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April 03, 2013 - 4:40 PM

UPDATE: April 4, 2013 - 4:00 p.m.

A WorkSafe B.C. investigation has been launched into the events at a downtown construction worksite that left one man in hospital yesterday afternoon after plummeting 17 feet to the ground.

The incident occurred at the new Sandman Signature Hotel on Lorne Street and Third Avenue at about 2:20 p.m yesterday afternoon. B.C. Ambulance concluded that the man was rushed to hospital with multiple broken bones but survived the fall.

WorkSafe B.C. spokesperson Ally Skinner-Reynolds said the Hard Hammer employee was unloading boxes from a large forklift, known as a telehandler, when something caused him to fall.

"Both the box and the worker fell to the ground," Skinner-Reynolds said.

She said the cause of the fall is unknown at this point, but a report on the findings from the investigation is expected to be available Monday.

To contact a reporter for this story, email: jwallace@infotelnews.ca or call (250) 319-7494.

 

Man survives fall at downtown construction site

April 3, 2013 - 4:40 p.m.

By Jessica Wallace

An accident - it's what RCMP have deemed a construction site incident that occurred earlier this afternoon where a man plumetted about 20 feet.

The man was taken to hospital following the incident at the new Sandman Signature Hotel that's under construction on Lorne Stree and Third Avenue.

B.C. Ambulance spokesperson, Kelsie Carwithen, said he was rushed to Royal Inland Hospital at about 2:20 p.m. with broken bones, but survived the fall.

"He's in stable condition," Carwithen said.

RCMP arrived on the scene at the new Sandman Hotel under construction on Lorne Street and Third Avenue as part of standard procedure.

"There's no element of criminal activity involved with the accident," said Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned.

Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said WorkSafe B.C. will be conducting an investigation into the fall.

To contact a reporter for this story, email: jwallace@infotelnews.ca or call (250) 319-7494.

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