The families of people who died while at work are marking the annual Day of Mourning in B.C.
Phil Huxley says his son Ryan was driving an ATV through a mud hole at the nursery where he worked in 2009, and drove full-speed into the side of a semi-trailer.
“One simple phone call and it changed our lives forever,” he told reporters at Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver. “He left the imprint of both of his hands in the wall of the trailer, which is how hard he hit it. That crushed his internal organs.”
Huxley says employers and workers need to work together to make workplaces safer.
Fifty people died in work-related incidents last year in B.C., with another 77 from asbestos-related diseases.