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Man killed in accident on Surrey dairy farm

A man died in a workplace accident at Avalon Dairy farm on Monday evening. - File
A man died in a workplace accident at Avalon Dairy farm on Monday evening.
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A man is dead after falling into an industrial machine at a dairy farm on Barnston Island.

WorksafeBC is now investigating after a man, who was working on his own at 9 p.m. Monday, fell into a hay mixer at Avalon Dairy farm.

A hay mixer is a big bowl-shaped machine with blades spinning on the inside to cut down hay, turning it into suitable feed for livestock.

At the time of the accident, the man had been pulling the mixer around the farm on a tractor. At some point, and for reasons yet unknown, the man fell into the bowl.

He was killed in the accident.

RCMP were called at the outset, but have ruled out foul play in the accident.

The case has now been handed over to WorkSafeBC and the B.C. Coroner's Office.

"There were no witnesses to what happened, the fellow was working alone," Ally Skinner-Reynolds, spokesperson for WorkSafeBC said Thursday.

It's believed the worker was loading feed and hay into the machine, when somehow, he fell into it.

"I do know that type of mixer has been taken out of service at the farm," Skinner-Reynolds said, adding that was done right after the accident.

Skinner-Reynolds did not know how long it had been between the time the accident occurred and when it was reported, or whether the worker should have been working with the machine alone.

"Through the investigation, we will be looking at all of these things, and those questions will be answered," she said.

WorkSafe is not releasing the identity of the man at this time.

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