Chemainus mill worker seriously injured Thursday

Centurion Lumber planer-mill worker airlifted from work site, condition unknown at press time, WorkSafeBC probing accident facts

Police control access to the Centurion Lumber planer mill site following what appeared to be a serious workplace accident Thursday.

Police control access to the Centurion Lumber planer mill site following what appeared to be a serious workplace accident Thursday.

Details about the condition, identity, and injuries of a Centurion Lumber Manufacturing worker, hurt late Thursday morning in a planer mill near Chemainus, were unknown at press time.

Cpl. Jon Stuart of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP confirmed on scene man in his mid- to late-50s was seriously injured at 11:33 a.m. in the firm’s mill, then airlifted to hospital.

Richmond-based WorkSafeBC is now investigating the accident.

It occurred down a Chemainus Forest Products’ gravel road, hidden from view by trees and small buildings at 3070 Henry Rd.

Centurion staff said its managers were unavailable for comment at press time.

WorkSafeBC spokeswoman Megan Johnston said an officer had arrived on scene at around 1:30 p.m. to determine what, if any, violations occurred under B.C.’s occupational health-and-safety regulations.