Transportation Safety Board team arrive at scene of Tolko fatality

The body of a longtime employee of Tolko Industries in Kelowna was recovered from a boom boat that sank in Okanagan Lake Monday, Jan. 30, 2017.

KELOWNA – A two-person team of investigators from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada arrived in Kelowna today to help raise and examine the Tolko boom boat that sank this week, killing a longtime employee.

Spokesperson Chris Krepski says the investigators arrived in Kelowna around noon today, Feb. 1, two days after the body of Ivor Lundin, a Tolko employee for more than 20 years, was found in the sunken boom boat he operated for Tolko Industries.

“Their goal today is to raise the vessel and inspect the vessel sometime tomorrow,” he says. “We’re not sure what level of investigation we will do… they will work on site as long as they need to.”

They will also conduct interviews with witnesses and management and determine if the cause of the fatal accident was mechanical, environmental, human error, procedural or training.

“We look at all of the aspects of the occurrence to determine what the deficiencies are then make a recommendation to Transport Canada.”

Findings, he says, are used to advance safety and will be released to the public at the conclusion of the investigation.

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