A long-time employee at the Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club died in a workplace accident on April 23, 2019. [PNG Merlin Archive]
A longtime maintenance worker died at the Vancouver Lawn Tennis club on Tuesday, according to a statement released to members.The statement, signed by the club’s board, read: “Yesterday was a tragic day at Vancouver Lawn. Ken Gordon, our maintenance lead hand, died in an accident during the take down of our bubbles. Our deepest sympathies have been expressed to Ken’s family, and we are doing everything we can to support them at this time.”It goes on to state that Gordon worked at the club for over 34 years and was an integral part of the club community.“We know this comes as a shock, especially to his colleagues. Counselling services are being made available to staff members,” the note read.The club’s Facebook page said April 23 was the date set to take down the bubbles that are erected over the outdoor courts and swimming pool during the winter months. The bubbles, or domes, are kept up with air pressure and deflate slowly when they are being taken down.WorkSafeBC spokeswoman Gillian Burnett said the organization was contacted by Vancouver police at around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Burnett said an inspection report would be filed in the next week. A detailed investigation report would be available at a later date outlining the cause and ways to help prevent similar incidents.April 28 marks the B.C. Day of Mourning for people killed and injured in workplace accidents. According to WorkSafe, in 2018 there were six women and 125 men killed in workplace accidents in the province. The most deaths occurred in general construction and transportation.