BOWMANVILLE, ONT. — A GoFundMe page has been set up for millwright apprentice Mitch Watson who died earlier this week in an incident at St Marys Cement in Bowmanville, Ont.
According to the description on the page, “Mitch was the light in so many lives. He will be missed beyond words.”
He was a son, brother and “friend to many,” it reads.
Media reports from that day state a worker was found trapped under a large metal object just before 8:30 a.m. on March 21 and removed with “vital signs absent.”
EMS attended the site, located at 400 Bowmanville Ave., and pulled the worker out.
“We can confirm that on the morning of Tuesday, March 21, a third-party contractor was involved in an accident and succumbed to fatal injuries while working at the site,” said a spokesperson from St Marys Cement in an email to the Daily Commercial News on the day of the incident.
“First and foremost, our deepest sympathies go out to the family, friends and co-workers of the individual. We are working with Ministry of Labour inspectors as an investigation into the incident is underway. Out of respect for the worker, their family and their employer, the company is not disclosing any additional details at this time.”
Millwright Local 2309 also commented on the incident, notifying its members in a Facebook post.
“It saddens us to inform you that one of our Local 2309 Brothers had suffered fatal injuries in Bowmanville early yesterday. There is full investigation ongoing, we will provide more details when available. Our hearts go out to the family, friends, and co-workers.”
According to the GoFundMe page, Watson’s memory will be “carried on by his father Mike, his mother Deanna, his sister Brooke, his loving girlfriend Lauren, his extended family, his work colleagues, and so many of us who were lucky enough to call him a friend.”
As of March 23, $42,342 has been raised.
Two ministry inspectors were assigned and the investigation is ongoing.
Rest in peace brother 🕊️