70-year-old Pat Dwyer has been confirmed to be the man killed in a workplace accident at the Fording River mine this week.
The 70-year-old had a career in equipment operation and excavation spanning more than 50 years.
“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,” says Teck Coal's Senior Vice President Robin Sheremeta. “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."
Dwyer was working on an amphibious excavator at the Fording River Mine near Elkford Monday morning in one of the site's tailings ponds when it rolled over.
An early investigation has revealed that he failed to resurface with his body being recovered Wednesday afternoon.
Fred Riehl with the United Steelworkers union says this is the first fatality at the Fording River mine since 1992.
Teck says they have been working closely with RCMP, USW, and the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources throughout the recovery process, with all agencies continuing to investigate.
- David Opinko / with files from Teck Resources