City of Vancouver worker aged 30+ killed in work accident

City of Vancouver staff mourn the loss of a longtime city employee after he was killed in a work accident last week.

Gord Dolyniuk, 64, was a 32-year-old city employee and a truck driver in the Engineering Streets division. On Friday, January 7, Dolyniuk was involved in a fatal industrial accident at the city’s National Yard site, according to a statement from city manager Paul Mochrie.

“Other city employees and then Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services and BC Ambulance Services who arrived at the scene took life-saving measures, but his injuries were too serious and the worker did not survive,” Mochrie wrote.

The Vancouver Police Department and WorkSafeBC were on the scene. The municipality conducts its own investigation and complies with a separate investigation by WorkSafeBC.

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

Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart said on social media that he has spoken with Dolyniuk’s family and expressed his condolences.

Councilors Sarah Kirby-Yung, Lisa Dominato and VPD chief Adam Palmer also expressed their condolences.

The city has flown their Canadian flags at half-mast to commemorate Dolyniuk’s life and decades of service.

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