Death of worker at Fredericton sawmill under investigation by WorkSafeNB

WorkSafeNB is investigating the death of a worker at a sawmill in Fredericton on Thursday.

Police were called to Devon Lumber on the city's north side around 2:30 p.m., said Fredericton Police Force spokesperson Alycia Bartlett.

"Several" officers responded, and the last officer cleared the scene at 200 Gibson St., just before 6 p.m., she said.

An obituary posted online Friday identifies the worker as being Troy Lewis Bourque, 50, a married father.

"Troy was always willing and able to lend a helping hand anywhere he could," it states.

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He enjoyed playing music and was in the band Prairie Fire for a few years. He also enjoyed playing poker, pickleball and coaching.

Bourque is survived by "the loves of his life," his wife Corry Ellen (Hood) and their daughter, Megan, as well as several extended family members.

"He will be greatly missed."

WorkSafeNB spokesperson Laragh Dooley declined to disclose any details about the nature of the incident.

"The investigation will help us determine how the fatality may have been prevented and whether there were any violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act or its regulations," she said in an emailed statement.

Dooley did not respond to questions about whether a WorkSafeNB investigator remains at the site.

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Company officials could not be reached for comment Friday.

Devon Lumber Co. Ltd. has been in business for more than 70 years, making it one of the oldest family-run saw mills in New Brunswick, according to the company's website. 

The company produces a variety of softwood and cedar lumber products and byproducts, such as wood chips, shavings and sawdust.

A sign on the door Friday said: "Closed due to unforeseen circumstances."

The sawmill will reopen on Tuesday, according to the sign.

Visitation for Bourque will take place Wednesday at York Funeral Home, at 302 Brookside Dr., from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. and 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

The funeral service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Hillcrest United Church.