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Worker dies in chip pile accident at Harmac Pacific


March 28, 2016
By Cindy Macdonald

An employee at the Harmac Pacific pulp mill, near Nanaimo, B.C., died in an industrial accident on Mar. 25. A local news site, the Times Colonist, says that Chris Fletcher, 37, was killed when the chip pile he was standing on collapsed.

The mill is owned by Nanaimo Forest Products. Company president Levi Sampson told the newspaper, “We’ve got extremely heavy hearts right now at Harmac.”

Sampson said Fletcher’s job required him to drive a bulldozer to the top of a wood chip pile.

“All we know right now is that he was at the top of one of the chip piles and he got out of the vehicle,” Sampson said.

“To the best of our knowledge at this point, it was just a freak accident where a chip pile gave way on him.”

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