A Canadian National (CN) conductor was fatally injured Monday afternoon while working just outside of a rail yard in Prince Rupert, B.C. The worker was a man in his thirties who had been with the company since 2018. His name is not being released.
“On behalf of Canada’s over 125,000 Teamster members, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to our fallen brother’s loved ones and colleagues,” said the national president of Teamsters Canada, François Laporte. “Incidents like these are never acceptable. Every accident, every fatality is preventable.”
This is the second CN conductor to die on the job this month in B.C. Another conductor died on June 1 in Surrey.
Both workers were performing “switching operations,” a term that refers to activities like making up and marshalling trains, storing cars, serving industries within rail terminals, and other related activities.
A total of twelve railroaders have died on the job in the past two and a half years.
The deceased worker was a member of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC), the largest rail union in the country. Teamsters represent close to 125,000 workers across Canada, including 16,000 workers in the rail industry.