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WorkSafeBC investigating Burnaby incident
WorkSafeBC is investigating after a worker at a Burnaby construction site was found in cardiac arrest Wednesday morning.
Burnaby RCMP Staff Sgt. Ghalib Bhayani said police responded to a call of a man having been electrocuted at about 10:15 a.m. He was working at the time at the construction site for the SOLO District development located at the southwest corner of Lougheed Highway and Willingdon Avenue.
Ambulance crews and Burnaby firefighters were on scene when Burnaby RCMP arrived. Officers assisted by containing the scene and looking for witnesses to the incident.
The man did electrical work, Bhayani said. "They found him passed out and assumed he'd been electrocuted."
The man was taken to hospital in critical condition. "Now it appears he may have had a heart attack," he said, although it has not yet been confirmed.
"He's not out of the woods yet."
The worker, who is in his 30s, is now in stable condition at Vancouver General Hospital.
Bhayani said the man is from outside the Lower Mainland and Burnaby RCMP's victims services unit is assisting his family.
“We are working closely with WorkSafeBC to ensure they have everything they need in order to complete a thorough investigation,” said Jim Bosa of the project's developer, Appia Development. “We are a close-knit team and the thoughts of everyone here are very much with this worker and his family at this time.”