Veteran contractor confirmed killed at mine
Teck confirmed this morning that the contractor employee killed April 9 at Fording River Operations had more than 50 years of experience in equipment operation and excavation.
The company reported Pat Dwyer, 70, a resident of Lundbreck, Alberta, as the deceased. He was recovered in the early afternoon on Wednesday, April 11.
“All of us at Teck extend our deepest sympathies to Pat’s friends and loved ones during this very difficult time. Pat had deep roots in his community and will be profoundly missed,” said Robin Sheremeta, Senior Vice President, Teck Coal. “Our focus going forward is on providing counselling and support to employees and conducting an investigation to understand how this incident occurred and prevent it from happening again.”
Teck has been working closely with authorities, including the RCMP and B.C. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, throughout the recovery process, and an investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Lead image from Elk Valley Coal News