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Baldy Mountain Resort re-opens after fatal accident with staff member

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Baldy Mountain Resort in Oliver has re-opened today, Feb. 28, following a one-day closure triggered by the death of one of its staff.

On Feb. 26, at 4:43 p.m., Oliver RCMP received a report of a workplace incident up at the ski hill. Early findings indicated that an employee of the resort sustained serious injuries after becoming stuck beneath a Snowcat groomer.

"Despite the efforts of other employees and emergency first aid attendants on the mountain, the 70-year-old man did not survive and was pronounced deceased,"  Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the BC RCMP in the Southeast District said in a press release.

The RCMP  notified the BC Coroners Service and Work Safe BC who have each launched independent and concurrent fact-finding investigations into the man’s death. Due to the privacy of the deceased, under the Coroner’s Act, the man’s identity will not be released.

The man who died was a well cared for member of the Baldy Mountain team.

'It is with great pain we report the passing of a wonderful, caring, gentle and valued Baldy Family member, from a terrible accident yesterday," resort staff said in a statement posted to its website.

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