Tolko saddened by workplace death

Eighteen-year-old man killed on the job Saturday morning at the Lavington planer mill...

Tolko Industries is heartbroken over the loss of a young employee.

An 18-year-old man was killed while working in the Lavington planer mill at around 2 a.m. Saturday in an area near a conveyor.

On its website, Tolko’s Rob Fraser, the company general manager for the Southern Interior, said the company was extremely saddened by the accident.

“We extend our sincerest sympathies to the family and loved ones,” said Fraser. “We are currently assisting WorkSafe B.C. and the B.C. coroners officer with the investigation of this unfortunate accident as well as conducting our own internal review.”

Operations at the mill were curtailed Saturday.

Tolko’s Employee and Family Assistance Program service provide will be available on-site to support crews as they return to work.

The name of the man killed had not been released as of Sunday afternoon.