2nd worker dies after pair of construction accidents
Published Monday, December 6, 2010 3:01PM PST
A construction worker who fell 14 metres while repairing the sails at Vancouver's Canada Place last week has died of his injuries.
Diego Herrara, a rope access technician from Houston, Texas was taken to hospital after the fall on Thursday morning, and had been on life support ever since. WorkSafe BC says that he died on Saturday.
The repair project was run by the Ledcor Group, and Herrara was a sub-contractor with BirdAir.
Ledcor was also responsible for the Three Harbour Green condominium development on Thurlow Street, where a second worker died in a workplace accident on Thursday. Dan Martens, 28, was killed after a wall form came loose from the building and fell on him.
The company and WorkSafe BC are investigating the accidents and both sites remain closed while the investigations are underway.
Thirty-five Ledcor job sites were closed on Monday while project managers and supervisors met to discuss the accidents.
There is an average of 10 construction industry fatalities a year in British Columbia. Falling and being struck by objects are the two top causes of death in the construction industry.
With files from CTV British Columbia's Peter Grainger