City of Vancouver employee dies in workplace incident

Employee had worked for the city for 32 years, city mourns 'devastating loss'

City of Vancouver employee dies in workplace incident

A long-time city of Vancouver, B.C. worker died on Friday following an accident in the workplace.

The incident that fatally injured employee Gord Dolyniuk, 64, took place at the city’s National Yard location, said city manager Paul Mochrie in a statement obtained by the Vancouver Sun. Dolyniuk had worked for the city for 32 years and was a truck driver in the engineering streets department.

Other staff and first responders tried to save Dolyniuk, but his injuries were “too severe” and he did not survive, according to the report.

“We will learn from this to prevent it from happening again – the most important thing to the city is that our employees get home safely,” said Mochrie in a statement emailed to Postmedia on Monday.

“This is a devastating loss for our organization. The city extends our deepest condolences to Gord’s family, and to the many members of our staff who were Gord’s friends and worked with him over the years.”

WorkSafeBC will be investigating the incident while the city of Vancouver will have its own investigation.

No further details about the incident were mentioned in the report.

Previously, one man was killed and two others injured in a collision in Alberta. Also, a 73-year-old male taxi cab driver died following a shooting in Scarborough, Ont. in October 2021. Meanwhile, a pilot was badly injured during a plane crash in Montreal’s Dieppe Park in October 2021.

Earlier, a worker died of electrocution while working at Calgary's Southcentre Mall in Alberta.


Several Facebook users expressed their sadness over the recent incident in Vancouver.

The incident was “sad, tragic,” said Peter Bryce.

“Condolences to his family,” said Michelle de Roy-Weidema.

“Condolences to his family, co-workers & friends,” added Patti Brown.

“Praying for peace and comfort for all,” said Bonnie Lee.

Canadian Occupational Safety has also previously reported a number of incidents that led to deaths in the workplace.

One man died and one was injured after a scallop vessel capsized near Harbour Breton, N.L.

A supervisor for truck rental company Jesna Inc., was killed in a car crash in 2021. Also, one worker was killed after being pinned under a rail car in Pickering in Durham, Ont.

In December, six Amazon workers were killed when a series of tornadoes hit a warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois.