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Teen killed at mill near Vernon identified

06/18/2013 01:07 EDT | Updated 08/17/2013 05:12 EDT
The teen who died in a workplace accident in the North Okanagan this weekend was an 18-year-old high school student working an overnight shift, officials said.

Bradley Haslam “became entangled in a conveyer belt at the mill,” said a statement by Tolko Industries, which operates a planer facility in Lavington, 15 kilometres south east of Vernon, B.C.

Haslam was found severely injured by fellow employees early Saturday morning. He died at Vernon Jubilee Hospital a short time later.

“To know that a family has been forever changed by this tragedy is devastating,” said company CEO Brad Thorlakson in a written statement.

“This tragedy serves as a personal call to action for all of us to look out for each other and to make sure that everyone is safe,” he added.

The B.C. Coroners Service and WorkSafe BC are investigating.

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