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Gabriola Island community mourns worker deaths

Gabriola Island community mourns worker deaths

GABRIOLA ISLAND, B.C. — The Gabriola Volunteer Fire Department is directing residents of the small community to free online mental health support offered by the province after a construction incident claimed the lives of two workers.

“Gabriola Island is very tight-knit,” said Fire Chief Will Sprogis. “We often know the people involved in the incidents we respond to and it’s just hard for the first responders to see their friends in that situation.”

Crews were called to the scene of a residential construction site on March 16 after the boom from a concrete pump-truck collapsed. Two workers were pronounced dead at the scene. According to the RCMP, the BC Coroners Service and WorkSafeBC will conduct parallel investigations into the cause of death.

In a Facebook post on the fire department’s page, Sprogis shared a link to online mental health support:

“In light of Tuesday’s terrible tragedy we want to express support to the family and friends of those who left us far to soon,” wrote Sprogis. “Words cannot begin to express the effect that this loss will have on you, your family, and friends. Being a small, interconnected community, the pain will be felt by all, but so will the support and caring

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