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BC Coroner Report – Workplace Accident – Spuzzum Man Near Hope

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Hope/Spuzzum – The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died following a workplace accident near Hope on November 24, 2016.

He was Michael Stevenson, aged 42, of Spuzzum, a small community about 50 kilometres north of Hope.

Mr. Stevenson was as a maintenance worker with CN Rail. Shortly before 5 a.m. on Nov. 24, 2016, he was working on a section of track north of Hope on the east side of the Fraser River. The section included a bridge over a creek. When his co-workers could not make contact with him for a period of time, they checked and found Mr. Stevenson in the creek below the bridge. Mr. Stevenson was deceased at the scene.

The BC Coroners Service, CN Police, the federal labour ministry and RCMP continue to investigate this incident.

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  1. RIP to our beautiful friend Mike. One of the best people you would ever meet. CN’s lack of care for employee safety, the missing guard rail that would have prevented his fall and their corporate greed is what caused this preventable tragedy.

  2. The railway seems to be cutting corners. As member of public I’ve complained and zero happens.

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