Canadian Manufacturing

Driver dies at Catalyst Paper mill on Vancouver Island

Contract truck driver was delivering wood chips to company's Crofton mill, near Duncan, B.C., when he was discovered missing

RICHMOND, B.C.—Catalyst Paper Corp. said a man working at one of its paper mills on Vancouver Island died, but provided few other details while an investigation gets underway.

According to Catalyst, a contract truck driver was delivering wood chips to the company’s Crofton mill, near Duncan, B.C., on the southeast coast of Vancouver Island, on Dec. 9 when he was discovered to be missing.

The facility’s emergency response plan was activated, and local RCMP and WorkSafe BC were called.

“We are all saddened by this tragic accident,” Catalyst president and CEO Joe Nemeth said in a statement. “We extend our heartfelt sympathies to his family and friends during this difficult time.”

The company said WorkSafe BC is leading the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident to determine cause.

RCMP and the province’s coroner are also investigating.

The Crofton mill runs two paper machines and two pulp machines, and has a combined annual capacity of more than 700,000 tonnes of paper and pulp.

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