On Wednesday, local tree service crews drove a convoy of trucks and gathered in solidarity at the sight of Tuesday’s workplace fatality in Oak Bay. (Ray Bernoties/Twitter)

On Wednesday, local tree service crews drove a convoy of trucks and gathered in solidarity at the sight of Tuesday’s workplace fatality in Oak Bay. (Ray Bernoties/Twitter)

Tree-pruning community gathers in Oak Bay after tragic death

Crews met in solidarity at site of Tuesday incident

Crews of local tree trimming businesses congregated in Oak Bay on Wednesday near the sight of Tuesday’s tree-pruning workplace fatality at Byng Street and McNeill Avenue.

The crews were there in solidarity for the unidentified young man who died following an incident around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday where a Tomahawk Tree Service crew was working.

Oak Bay Police Chief Ray Bernoties passed the gathering on Wednesday, sharing his respects on social media.

“While patrolling for our [break-and-enter] suspects, I came across this moving tribute,” Bernoties said. “A large gathering of arborists & crews gathered at the scene of y’days [sic] tragic incident. I avoided the area but wanted to share this from a distance as it shows how we all have our own communities. RIP.”

It took investigators hours to analyze and unpack the scene of the death due to branches that had fallen on wires above. The body of the deceased man could not be moved until the wires were cleared.

It’s understood that the crew was contracted to remove a Garry oak and when the man was killed.

READ ALSO: Man dies during tree trimming in Oak Bay

“My condolences to his family, friends, and coworkers,” said Mayor Kevin Murdoch. “I can only imagine what a shock this must be for them. No one should ever die that young.”

Saanich Police Det. Chris Horsley is leading the investigation through the joint service agreement with the Oak Bay Police.

“What transpired to actually cause the accident is still under investigation,” Horsley said.

reporter@oakbaynews.com


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