Nanaimo’s Joe Hermann was the person who died in the workplace accident in Parksville on Monday. Photo submitted

B.C. man who died in work accident had gotten engaged two days earlier

Family identifies Nanaimo’s Joe Hermann, 40, as the person killed at Parksville job site Monday

A family is grieving after a Nanaimo man died at a work site at a water treatment construction project in Parksville this week.

Joe Hermann, 40, had gotten engaged just two days before Monday’s accident, said his father, Georg Hermann.

“He came over on Sunday; he showed me and my wife a ring and everything. He was so ecstatic,” Georg said. “And then the next day at 3:30 [p.m.] I got two RCMP officers come to my door. Jesus. I would never want to wish this even to my worst enemy.”

He said his son had just started his new job six or seven weeks earlier and really liked his new boss.

“He loved driving trucks,” Georg said, adding that Joe started working his first job at 13 years old and later spent years working in the oil fields in northern Alberta and then driving a fuel truck before beginning his new job.

Jason Hermann said he’s been told that his brother was helping another worker load trusses and said one of the trusses fell over on top of Joe, killing him instantly.

Jason said he’s a safety officer at his own job and one of the first to respond in the event of a workplace accident.

“I get it. I get these things happen, but they are preventable,” he said. “I don’t know what they had as far as hazard assessments before they do certain jobs, but I guess that’s for WCB to figure out and investigate. It’s an unfortunate, freak accident and there’s nothing you can do about it, really. I don’t put any blame on anyone.”

RELATED: Coroners Service investigating workplace death on Vancouver Island

WorkSafe B.C. released a statement that it had been contacted by RCMP a little after 12:30 p.m. Monday about the incident at a construction site at 1082 Herring Gull Way in the Parksville industrial park. B.C. Coroners Service is investigating and the City of Parksville sent out a news release expressing condolences.

Joe had no children and had been in the process of a divorce. A real sports fan, he had recently ordered a Team Germany soccer jersey and had been looking forward to the upcoming World Cup.

“People are fragile,” Georg Hermann said. “You never know what you’ve got.”



editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Cost of living going up while wages are going down in Tofino and Ucluelet

The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust’s Vital Signs Report shows need to diversify economy.

Extreme waves and king tides expected around Tofino and Ucluelet this weekend

Extreme wave hazard warning at the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

Strong winds up to 100 km/h for parts of Vancouver Island

Wind warning in effect for north, east and west Vancouver Island into Saturday morning

Ucluelet says goodbye to town’s only sports bar

“It started off big and we’re on the backside of the mountain now.”

B.C. storm totals $37M in insured damages

The December storm wreaked havoc on B.C.’s south coast

UPDATE: B.C. legislature managers accused of excessive travel, personal expense claims

Clerk Craig James, security chief Gary Lenz call allegations ‘completely false’

B.C. man fined $10,000 after leaving moose to suffer before death

Surrey man was convicted last week on three Wildlife Act charges

‘Blue Monday’ isn’t real, but depression can be

CMHA encourages people to prioritize their mental health

Parole granted for drunk driver who killed B.C. RCMP officer

Kenneth Jacob Fenton will be able to attend alcohol abuse treatment, nearly three years after crash that killed Const. Sarah Beckett

Anti-pipeline group wants NEB to consider impact of emissions, climate change

Stand.earth filed NEB motion asking to apply same standard to the project as it did with Energy East pipeline

B.C. man charged in 2014 snake venom death of toddler

Henry Thomas was taking care of the North Vancouver girl the day before she died

B.C.’s largest public-sector union wants inquiry into money laundering, drugs

Union officials say Premier John Horgan and Attorney General David Eby have not ruled out the possibility of a public inquiry

Teen in confrontation with Native American: I didn’t provoke

Nick Sandmann of Covington Catholic High School said he was trying to defuse the situation

Suspect allegedly armed with handgun robs Island gas station

Incident occurred Sunday night in Nanaimo

Most Read