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Worker dies at Hinton pulp mill


The employee of a contractor working at West Fraser’s Hinton kraft pulp mill died on Nov. 23 when he became tangled in a piece of equipment.

According to a story by Global News, the deceased worker is 23-year-old Dean Smith, an employee of Winfield Industrial Sales and Service Ltd. Smith was installing a handrail on a tower when the incident happened. It is being investigated by Alberta’s occupational health and safety agency.

West Fraser spokesperson, Chris Dalziel, said, “We are extremely saddened by the tragic death that occurred on our site on Monday, Nov. 23. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to Dean’s family during this difficult time.”

Kelly Smith, Dean’s father, told Global News he talked to his son during his lunch break on Monday, just hours before he was killed. “My son was 23, he’s a bright, fun-loving, hard working, loved his family, lots of friends. It’s all gone.”

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Dean Smith leaves behind a wife and one-year-old son.