Chilliwack – (With files from Global) OCTOBER 3 UPDATE – Accident survivor Gerson Alvarado’s friends and family have been waiting six months to see the 27-year-old man finally come home. He was welcomed with a team photo from “Team G”. Worksafe BC continues to investigate the accident. Rosario Perez, his common-law wife still has some unanswered questions. She doesn’t know if WorkSafe will assist them with a much-needed wheelchair accessible van.
MARCH 15 UPDATE – A Go Fund Me account has been set up on line to assist the family.
ORIGINAL STORY – On March 11, BC Ambulance responded to a workplace accident in Chilliwack.
An ambulance helicopter team and four ground crews were dispatched to a construction site on a stretch of Tamihi Way near Garrison Boulevard in Sardis.
Reports indicate there was an accident involving a concrete pump truck tipping.
The BC Coroner has confirmed one person has died and another is injured.
WorkSafe BC was called in.
Chilliwack Progress reports that the young worker who died at a worksite last Friday has been identified by friends and co-workers on social media and the popular fundraising site, GoFundMe. The man was 24-year-old Sebastian Gomez.
Pictures Courtesy of @InChilliwack
On March 15 , the BC Coroner released this statement:
The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died following an industrial accident in Chilliwack on March 11, 2016.
He was Sebastian Gomez Obando, aged 24, of Surrey.
Mr. Gomez was employed by a concrete pouring company at a residential construction project in Chilliwack. About 8 a.m. on March 11, 2016, Mr. Gomez and another worker were struck by a concrete boom. Mr. Gomez was deceased at the scene.
The BC Coroners Service, WorkSafeBC and Chilliwack RCMP continue to investigate this incident.
The family of Mr. Gomez has been notified of his death. On behalf of family members, the BC Coroners Service strongly asks that media respect their privacy at this difficult time.