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Man suffered crushed-leg injury during planer-mill accident

Police control access to the Centurion Lumber planer mill site following what appeared to be a serious workplace accident Thursday. - Peter W. Rusland
Police control access to the Centurion Lumber planer mill site following what appeared to be a serious workplace accident Thursday.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland

A man who suffered a serious leg injury during last Thursday's planer-mill accident in Chemainus is unlikely to leave hospital any time soon,

A WorkSafeBC staffer told the News Leader Pictorial the unidentified Centurion Lumber Manufacturing worker suffered a crushed-leg injury, and was airlifted to Victoria General Hospital.

"A worker's leg was crushed when it was pulled into the feed rollers of the planer," said Alexandra Skinner-Reynolds.

"Release from hospital soon is unlikely."

WorkSafeBC is investigating the accident's exact details, with a report due in a number of months.

Cpl. Jon Stuart of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP confirmed on scene the man ,in his mid- to late-50s, was seriously injured at 11:33 a.m. June 5 in the firm's mill at 3070 Henry Road, just off the Island Highway.

WorkSafeBC staff will determine what, if any, violations occurred under B.C.'s occupational health-and-safety regulations.

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