WorkSafe BC is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of an employee at a New Westminster pub recently.
The incident took place on March 22 at 3:33 pm, at Rivers Reach Pub, when an employee fell onto a running meat slicer, which nearly severed his arm.
Initial first aid was administered on-site and the worker was taken to hospital, but succumbed to his injuries.
New Westminster Police initially attended to the scene, before handing the investigation over to WorkSafe BC.
“WorkSafeBC was informed of the incident and dispatched prevention and investigations officers,” spokesperson Scott McCloy told Daily Hive.
“WorkSafeBC continues its investigation into what happened, why it happened and how such a tragic incident can be prevented from happening again in the future.”
The victim has been identified by the restaurant as chef Sanjeev Kainth.
Now, a GoFundMe page has been set up for the family he leaves behind: A wife and two kids.
In a Facebook post, River’s Reach said it “lost a beloved friend and brother last week. Sanjeev Kainth was a chef here at River’s Reach Pub and was an amazing cook, father and friend. It has been a very difficult time for his family and friends, including staff.”
River’s Reach also thanked those “who have showed understanding and compassion in allowing us to grieve.”