Recycling worker killed after falling into shredder

An employee at recycling company Steele Pacific in Victoria was killed Saturday afternoon after apparently falling into a shredder.

“It’s tragic, tragic,” said Victoria Police Sgt. Wade Murray as about a half a dozen shocked employees looked on from a distance at the recycling operation at 307 David St.

“We don’t know how or the circumstances around it, but he’s trapped in the shredder. He has been pronounced dead,” Murray said.

The 35-to 40-year-old man somehow fell into the shredder at about 3:50 p.m.

“Currently, right now, the coroner, WorkSafe B.C., our ident-forensic section and our detective section are on scene collecting evidence,” Murray said.

A Victoria police victim services worker was also on scene.

“It’s still very early stages [of the investigation] into this tragic accident,” he said.

Coroner Barb McLintock said she had heard “it could be a bit of a complex manoeuver to make things go well” in terms of extricating the man from the machine.

“We will be doing an investigation. WorkSafe is on site with us and WorkSafe will be doing an investigation because it was, obviously, an industrial plant,” McLintock said.

McLintock said it could be Sunday or even Monday before the man’s identity is released – depending on where his next of kin are located.

“It sounds like a horrible accident,” McLintock said.

A company spokesman could not be reached for comment.

A representative of Steel Pacific senior management was flying in from Vancouver, Murray said.

As posted in The Province (dated May 7, 2012) by Bill Cleverley

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