Fatality at Canadian Sawmill

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 @ 03:05 PM gHale

A worker at a Chapleau, Canada, sawmill employee died Friday.

“A worker was found pinned between a wood loader and a bundle of wood. Two ministry inspectors attended the scene. This matter is currently under investigation,” said Tristian Austin, spokesperson for the Ontario Ministry of Labour.

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William Pye was working for Rayonier Advanced Materials when he was killed. The industrial facility employs 150 people in Chapleau.

“The ministry’s priority here is to ensure that the Occupational Health and Safety Act is followed and enforced. It would be inappropriate to speculate or comment further on any aspect of this ongoing investigation by ministry inspectors,” said Austin.

Michel Lessard, the company’s vice-president of Forest Resources, said Raynor Advances Materials is cooperating with the Ministry of Labour during the investigation.

“The circumstances surrounding this accident are not yet fully known. We are currently cooperating with the Ontario Ministry of Labour in their investigation,” said the company in a release.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to William’s family, friends and co-workers during this time of grief.”

The Raynor Advances Materials sawmill produces a variety of softwood lumber and wood chips.

Florida-based Rayonier Advanced Materials acquired Montreal-based Tembec in a $1.1-billion million deal that closed last November.



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