Agassiz man dies in workplace injury

Worksafe officers were at Rimex in Agassiz on Friday, investigating the death of an employee at the manufacturing plant.

An Agassiz man is reported to have died after a workplace accident on Thursday, February 10.

“The incident occurred at approximately 3 p.m. yesterday,” Donna Freeman, a representative of Worksafe B.C. said Friday.

The investigation could take several months, she added.

“It depends on the circumstances,” she said. “Sometimes it can take a few months, and other times it can be up to a year.”

Plant manager Roberta Boden said Friday that “no (staff) is working today,” as they were given time off to grieve.

“We have grief counsellors here today and they will continue to be here as long as the boys need them,” she said.

Many of the workers at Rimex were either friends or family of the worker, she said, and the company is a tight-knit community.

“We are all mourning this,” she said. “It’s devastating.”